HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 1-7



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Sat. March 8, 2014 | Times Staff

Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, March 1 through Friday, March 7. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

Female nominees

Lauren Evans, Academy at the Lakes softball: The senior’s run, two RBIs and glovework in a 5-4 win over Seven Rivers Christian reminded fans why she’s headed to USF next season.

Addison Harden, Berkeley Prep track: The Arizona recruit set school records in the discus (125 feet, 2 inches) and shot put (38-7) to win both events at the Berkeley Invitational. Her discus throw is the best in the state so far this year.

Brianna Harvey, Nature Coast softball: The junior shortstop scored twice and drove in a run with a triple Tuesday in a 5-4 victory over 5A-7 district rival Hernando.

Sommer Pollard, Countryside softball: In three wins this week, Pollard had a combined four hits and four RBIs, including the winning single in a 1-0, eight-inning victory Tuesday over Northeast.

Olivia Welsh, Dunedin track: At the West Coast Invitational on Friday, she won the 100 hurdles in 15 seconds and set a meet record by clearing 11 feet, 1 inch to win the pole vault.

Alea White, Cambridge Christian softball: The sophomore struck out 14 batters during her no-hitter Friday in a 10-0 win over Bayshore Christian.

Male nominees

Brad Deppermann, East Lake baseball: The senior struck out 12 in a 1-0 no-hit victory Friday against district rival Countryside. He did not give up a walk and the only baserunners reached on errors. He has 36 strikeouts in 26 innings.

Jackson Hardee, Plant City track: He cleared 13 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to beat his competition by 1 1/2 feet at last Saturday’s Nash Higgins Relays hosted by Leto.

Sey Juan Lawrence, King baseball: The sophomore centerfielder tripled and doubled in reaching base three times and driving in a run during a 6-1 victory Thursday over Leto.

Corey Mills, Pasco baseball:  The freshman allowed just two runs and three hits despite walking seven over five innings in a 6-2 win Tuesday over Central. He added three RBIs and a homer in a 13-12 loss Friday to Nature Coast.

Devontae Persha, Lakewood track: The middle-distance specialist won the 800 (2:03.60) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay (3:36.60) to help the Spartans finish second overall at the West Coast Invitational on Friday.

Ryan Talburt, Sunlake baseball: The senior pitcher allowed two unearned runs on six hits in a 3-2 victory Friday over 5A-8 district rival River Ridge.

Voting is now closed.


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