Each week, our HomeTeam staffers will nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover, then we turn the voting over to our readers. These nominations span Saturday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 8. The 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 vote until noon Monday.
Alexandra Aitchison, East Lake swimming: The transfer from Arizona won the 200 free (1:47.42) and 500 free (4:47.11) and was on the winning 200 free (1:39.49) and 400 free relays (3:32.95) at last week’s Class 4A, District 6 meet. She won those individual events at regionals Friday, too.
Madison Glennie, Countryside golf: The senior shot 72-74—146 and played in a three-way playoff for the Class 3A state championship at Mission Inn and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills. Glennie was eliminated on the second playoff hole and finished third overall, her best state finish in three tries.
Payton Murchie, Mitchell volleyball: The sophomore earned an unbelievable dig against Osceola, kicking off a drive that carried the Mustangs to a five-set region semifinal victory. Murchie has 58 digs, 45 aces and 214 assists this season.
Cassidy Place, Sunlake soccer: The senior scored four of the Seahawks’ eight goals in their win against Anclote. Place’s eight goals in four games helped Sunlake to a 4-0 start.
Terese Romeo, Freedom golf: The junior missed out on a state championship by the narrowest of margins. She stumbled on the eighth playoff hole to settle for runnerup at the Class 3A state tournament.
Savannah Savitt, Tampa Prep swimming: The sophomore had a pair of top-eight finishes (200 IM, 100 breast) at the Class A state meet Friday, helping lead the Terrapin girls to a 12th-place finish overall.
Shane Butler, Seminole soccer: The senior midfielder is off to a hot start with seven goals in two games. Butler scored four goals in a win over Palm Harbor University on Wednesday.
Chris Carpentier, East Bay football: The senior led the Indians on a 10-play, 95-yard touchdown drive — capped off by a 20-yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds left — in the Class 7A, District 7 tiebreaker to give his team its first district title in 40 years.
Michael Ford, Tarpon Springs: The junior running back accounted for five touchdowns — four running and one receiving — on just 10 touches in the Spongers’ 63-32 rout of Dixie Hollins.
Travis Nichols, Land O’Lakes cross country: The senior took first place — for his third consecutive meet — at last weekend’s Class 3A-2 region meet with a time of 16:05.10. He set his personal best time of 15:38.62 at the district championship.
Rasmus Skjaerpe, Tampa Prep swimming: The senior won two individual events (200 IM and 100 backstroke) at the Class A state meet. The Arizona commit ended his high school career with three individual state titles in five state meets.
Trenton Soto, Fivay football: The junior receiver fell just shy of reaching 200 yards and caught two fourth-quarter touchdowns of 83 and 46 yards in the Falcons’ 33-26 win over Hudson.