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, Oct. 26 through Friday, Nov. 1. 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.
Bailey Bowden, Plant City swimming: The senior and Vanderbilt commit had two first place finishes — 200- and 500-yard freestyle — in the Class 3A, District 7 swimming championship. Bowden’s 500 time of 5:08.75 was more than 24 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Katherine Cancello, Mitchell swimming: The junior shined in the Class 3A, District 6 meet. She took first place in the 500 free (5:45.45) and 200 IM (2:27.37) and was part of two relay teams that took second place — 200 medley (2:03.72) and 400 free (4:05.16).
AnnaMarie Huy, Palm Harbor University volleyball: Huy is sometimes overshadowed by teammates Naomi Mack and Jazmine Barker, but she came up big in the Class 8A region quarterfinal at Plant. Huy had a team-high 15 kills, seven of which came in the pivotal third game, to help the Hurricanes advance to Tuesday’s region semifinal against Bloomingdale.
Olivia Kirkpatrick, Holy Names swimming: The sophomore set a school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.27 in Friday’s Class 2A, Region 3 meet. She was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay that also set a school record (1:51.34)
Hayley Misewich, Osceola volleyball: She led the Warriors with 31 assists and had the second-most kills in a five-set road victory over King in the Class 6A region quarterfinals.
Briannah Nemetz, Fivay volleyball: The senior led the Falcons in kills with 15 against Weeki Wachee to win a region quarterfinal and advance to face Anclote. Nemetz has 231 kills in 72 sets this season.
Willie Barrett, Anclote football: The running back rushed for three of the Sharks’ five touchdowns against Hudson — including scores of 52 and 60 yards — to help the Sharks clinch their first district title.
Donte Maxson, Pinellas Park football: Maxson came up big against Countryside in a game the Patriots had to win to earn a playoff berth. Maxson carried seven times, scored three times and gained 127 yards. His 80-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter was the start of 30 unanswered points.
Ray Ray McCloud III, Sickles football: The running back rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-8 victory over Tampa Bay Tech that clinched the Class 7A, District 7 title — the first district championship in school history.
Alex McGough, Gaither football: The quarterback threw for 189 yards and ran for a 60-yard touchdown to help lead the Cowboys to a 35-30 win against Steinbrenner and a spot in the postseason.
Greyson Porter, Shorecrest golf: The sophomore shot 74-72—146 at the Class A state tournament to finish tied for 15th overall in the 96-player field. He was the highest finishing player in Pinellas County.
Daniel Wright, Springstead football: The Eagles clinched the district championship, and Wright was one of their key weapons against Land O’Lakes. The junior scored three of his team’s five touchdowns to bring his total to 10 this season.
Voting is now closed.