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, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 27. 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.
Editor's note: If voters cheat, the votes will be thrown out and the reporters will pick the winners.
Avery Bradshaw, Steinbrenner volleyball: The junior outside hitter had nine kills — including three consecutive in the Warriors’ third game against Wiregrass Ranch— to help Steinbrenner sweep the Bulls and remain No. 1 in the district.
Naomi Mack, Palm Harbor University volleyball: Against district rival St. Petersburg, the senior outside hitter had 12 kills. She followed that with 16 kills against neighborhood rival East Lake, for an average of 4.8 kills per game for the week.
Marisa Maksymkow, Hudson volleyball: The senior led the Cobras with 27 kills, seven aces and 14 blocks in a comeback, five-game victory over Ridgewood. She’s helped Hudson rattle off four consecutive wins after a 1-7 start.
Corey Perkins, Tampa Prep volleyball: The junior outside hitter led the Terrapins in kills in Tuesday’s win against the Academy of the Holy Names (16) and Thursday’s upset of Berkeley Prep (16) — the Terps’ first win over the Bucs in nine years.
Sydney Pickrem, East Lake swimming: The junior set three records at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet, taking first in the 200 IM (2:02.16) and swimming legs on the 200 medley relay (1:47.60) and the 400 free relay (3:31.75).
Malika Saffore, Sunlake volleyball: The senior tallied 35 assists and 13 digs in the Seahawks’ sweep of River Ridge on Thursday. The victory improved Sunlake’s record to 7-3 — the best mark in school history.
Talvin Bailey, Armwood football: The senior wide receiver had two touchdowns — a 45-yard run and a 95-yard kickoff return — in the Hawks’ 28-9 district win against Jefferson.
James Harkless, Nature Coast cross country: The senior earned two victories in a week, starting with first place at the Mitchell Invitational (17:18). On Thursday, his best 5K time of the fall — 17:03.63 — earned him gold at the Eagle Lake Invitational.
Kyle Ploucher, Tampa Catholic football: The senior quarterback had four touchdowns — three through the air and one on the ground — in the Crusaders’ 43-0 win against Cardinal Mooney.
Tristan Sanders, Palm Harbor University swimming: The senior, who recently committed to Michigan, set records in the 100 free (45.37), 100 back (48.08) and the 400 free relay (3:09.51) to help the Hurricanes win their 11th straight team title at the conference meet.
DeShawn Smith, Nature Coast football: The sophomore running back rushed for 115 yards in a 29-28 win over Pasco. Despite battling cramps, he ran for a 40-yard touchdown, returned a fumble for a 23-yard score and helped give the Sharks the win with a highlight-reel 50-yard TD with under three minutes remaining.
Jarvis Stewart, Largo football: Stewart was a workhorse for the Packers in their 20-6 win over Lakewood. He carried 38 times, gained 205 yards and scored twice — once on an 80-yard run. Oh, and he also played safety.
Voting is now closed.