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Each week, our HomeTeam staffers will nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. These nominations span Saturday, Feb. 23 through Friday, March 1. Winners get a free T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on what made our nominees stand out then look for our writers’ picks for overall winners in Tuesday’s Tampa Bay Times.
Sandra Akachukwu, Freedom track and field: The Western Kentucky signee was named female athlete of the meet at last weekend's Charles Johnson Invitational, winning two events (long jump, high jump) and placing third in two others (100, 200). They were the same four events in which the senior medaled at last season's Class 4A state meet.
Jennifer Kistemaker, Osceola track and field: The sophomore won all three of her individual events in a dual meet against Palm Harbor University. Kistemaker took first in the pole vault (11-0), triple jump (30-9) and 100 hurdles (17.5).
Kaeleen Koehler, Central softball: The freshman pitcher picked up both Bears’ wins this week – both by one run. She was 2-for-4 at the plate and scored the winning run to knock off Lecanto.
Brooke Ours, Seminole softball: The senior catcher had two of her team's five hits in a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Countryside. She also drew a walk and scored the winning run in the first inning.
Tarra Rice, Gulf softball: The junior infielder finished the week 7-of-11 with four RBIs and six runs scored in three victories. Her sac fly brought home the only run in a 1-0 win over Hudson.
Madi Taylor, Durant softball: In her varsity starting debut, the Cougars designated player went 2-for-3 with a home run, double, three RBIs and two runs in a 5-1 district win at Alonso.
Tyler Danish, Durant baseball: Danish pitched his second one-hitter of the season in a 2-0 victory over Alonso on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1 Florida recruit went all seven innings, striking out 12, walking none and hitting one with a pitch. Danish surrendered his only hit in the first inning.
Zach Drury, Wiregrass Ranch baseball: The 6-foot junior dominated all over the field in three victories. He batted in six runs and hit a home run at the plate and threw a complete game, 15-strikeout shutout two-hitter in a 3-0 win over Freedom.
Joey Galvis, Jesuit basketball: The shaggy guard (he hasn't cut his curled black hair all season) scored a game-high 16 points and added four steals and all three of Jesuit's blocks in its 46-41 state semifinal win against Jacksonville Bishop Kenny on Friday.
Donavan Hale, Largo basketball: The sophomore was the catalyst in a furious fourth-quarter comeback that just fell short in a loss to Winter Haven in the 6A region finals. Down by 20 going into the fourth, Hale scored 18 of his 31 points in that quarter. His last shot bounced off the rim in a 66-64 loss.
Cobi Johnson, Mitchell baseball: The junior FSU commit knocked in two runs against Zephyrhills. On the mound, he struck out 10 and allowed only one earned run in a complete-game 3-2 victory over Tarpon Springs.
Charlie Skantze, Countryside baseball: The junior started his first game of the season Wednesday against Dunedin and threw a complete-game three hitter in a 3-2 win. And just for good measure, his brother, Jack, had the winning hit.