HomeTeam Hot Shots
A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week
Male Hot Shot: Dan Barber, Mitchell
Skinny: Mustangs coach Scott Schmitz loves Barber, calling him a football player’s football player. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior back runs, catches and blocks in Mitchell’s wing-T system. He mostly ran Friday night, rushing for all four of his team’s touchdowns in a 27-17 victory over Land O’Lakes that keeps Mitchell in good position for its first playoff appearance since 2004. Barber carried the ball 18 times for a career-high 263 yards. The game was the first 200-yard night of his career and the most prolific rushing performance in Tampa Bay this season.
Female Hot Shot: Amanda Spring, Northeast
Sport: Cross country
Skinny: Before this season, Spring had won just one race in her high school career: the Viking Invitational. She has since gone on to become Pinellas County’s most dominant public school runner. After finishing second in her first race of the year, the senior has won four straight, including defending her title at last week’s Viking Invitational in which she had to battle heavy rain in the final mile.
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