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. 5 through Friday, Oct. 11. 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.
Alex Eaton, Shorecrest cross country: Defended her title at the St. Petersburg City Meet with a time of 19:05, more than 30 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. She also helped the Chargers win their second straight team title.
Kari Grippo, Gulf cross country: The senior took third place after running a season-best 19:06 at the Gator Invitational last weekend. She challenged a powerful Estero team to secure her spot and pulled Gulf to a fifth-place finish with 204 points.
Kelly Harris, Sunlake golf: Harris is the first Sunshine Athletic Conference medalist from Sunlake in seven seasons. The sophomore shot 85 to overcome a rival from Mitchell, a golf powerhouse that earned its 13th consecutive SAC title on Tuesday.
Katie Moore, Clearwater Central Catholic volleyball: In a district match against Northside Christian on Tuesday, Moore had 13 kills, four blocks and three service aces to lead the Marauders. The 6-foot-2 Moore averages 3.0 kills and a county-leading 1.2 blocks per game.
Karissa Rhoades, Bloomingdale volleyball: The junior had 20 kills to help force a fifth set against district foe Plant in the Bulls’ 3-2 loss Tuesday.
Sneha Sathish, King cross country: The sophomore took first place at the Don Bishop Invitational, finishing her 5K in 19:15, almost a minute faster than the second-place finisher.
Shane Bucenell, Wiregrass football: The junior quarterback completed 9 of 16 passes for 117 yards and rushed for another 64 yards Friday night. He scored three of Wiregrass’ four touchdowns against Ridgewood, leading his team to victory on its home turf.
Donnie Gabrelcik, Mitchell golf: The junior won the Sunshine Athletic Conference individual medal for the second year in a row. He shot 3-under par, including five birdies, to lead Mitchell to its third SAC title. Gabrelcik shot 73 at the CCC Invitational two days before his SAC success.
Matthew Hirschberger, Clearwater Central Catholic swimming: He dominated last weekend’s Tampa Bay Classic, winning the 200 free (1:42.91) and 500 free (4:32.24) and swimming legs on the first-place 200 free relay (1:29.76) and 400 free relay (3:13.44) while setting meet records in each event.
Tayveon Landsm, Gibbs football: The 5-foot-8, 145-pound junior doesn’t have the name recognition of Maurice Hall or Jacquez President, but he was impressive against Dixie Hollins. Landsm had touchdown runs of 67, 54 and 35 yards and had 164 yards total.
Chase Litton, Wharton football: The senior quarterback threw for a school-record 480 yards and three touchdowns in an emotional 45-28 win over Steinbrenner. He also rushed for a score.
Ricky Pyron, Tampa Bay Tech football: The Titan ran had a fumble recovery in the first quarter of Tampa Bay Tech’s win against Plant City and took it 48 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter he scored another, on a 4-yard run.
Voting is now closed.