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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. 9 through Friday, Feb. 15. 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.
Tesha Hanson, Seffner Christian basketball: The 5-foot-10 senior had a game-high 25 points in the Crusaders’ 75-40 win over Lakeland McKeel in the 3A region semifinals Tuesday night. Hanson, who leads the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game, was one of three Crusaders to score in double figures.
Sarah Hartman, Sickles basketball: The senior guard scored a team-high 12 and assisted on the winning basket with four seconds left, lifting the Gryphons to a 51-49 victory over Strawberry Crest in the Class 6A region semifinals. Hartman found Kassidy Girdler coming off a curl to the left of the free-throw line for the winning shot.
Tatiana Manuel, Academy at the Lakes basketball: The standout Wildcats post player racked up 22 points, 10 boards and five blocks in her team’s 49-point rout of previously unbeaten Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy in the Class 2A region semifinals.
Allahon Marbra, Pasco basketball: The junior guard scored a game-high 22 points and tallied seven assists in the Pirates’ 53-45 win over Gulf in the Class 5A region semifinals to help her team avenge a loss to the Bucs in the district title game.
Kelsie Sanchez, Countryside softball: In the past week, the senior outfielder has hit .500 (4-for-8) with three RBIs and a stolen base to help the Cougars start 3-0. In those three wins, all against playoff teams from a year ago, the Cougars have scored a combined 28 runs.
Alexis Ungro, Lakewood basketball: Despite a taped ankle and a hyper-extended arm, the senior guard led the Spartans with 14 points in a 52-45 region semifinal win over Boca Ciega. The Pirates spent the night bottling up Lakewood's top scorer, Tianah Alvarado, so Ungro took up the scoring slack.
Shaddy Douidar, Tampa Prep soccer: The Terrapins senior forward scored his 31st and final goal of the season in the 65th minute of the Class A title match, propelling Tampa Prep to a 1-0 victory against North Miami Beach's Scheck Hillel Community School. The title was Tampa Prep's second in a row and sixth in nine seasons.
Dayon Griffin, St. Petersburg basketball: The junior guard drove region quarterfinal opponent Wiregrass Ranch crazy with his drives to the basket. He scored 23 points in the Green Devils' 77-48 win. Of those 23, 12 were from the free throw-line.
C.J. McGill, Wharton basketball: Penetrating at will, the senior point guard collected 24 points, six rebounds and five assists in Wharton's 76-39 region quarterfinal pummeling of North Port. McGill had 18 points and all four of his treys by halftime.
Kevin O'Donnell, St. Petersburg Catholic: The senior center was too much for Bradenton Christian in the region quarterfinal. He scored 25 points to lead the Barons in an 82-41 win.
Jordan Rivera, Springstead wrestling: The 138-pounder earned his second straight Class 2A region championship to lead the Eagles to their third straight team crown. Rivera also won his first two matches at state on Friday.
Lawrence Watt, Mitchell basketball: The 6-foot-3 sophomore had a complete game – 18 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds – to help the Mustangs earn their first playoff win, a 61-55 victory over Lakeland Kathleen.