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HomeTeam Hot Shots
A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week.
Female Hot Shot: Sandra Akachukwu, Sr., Freedom
Sport: Track and field
Skinny: The commencement of Akachukwu’s senior year mirrored the conclusion of her junior season. A Western Kentucky signee, Akachukwu was named top female athlete at the Feb. 23 Charles Johnson Invitational, placing in four events and leading Freedom to the team title. Her victories in the high jump and long jump were accompanied by third-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meters. They were the same four events in which Akachukwu medaled at last season’s Class 4A state meet.
Male Hot Shot: Joey Galvis, Sr., Jesuit
Skinny: Technically, only performances through Friday are considered for the ensuing week’s Hot Shot honors. But since athletes aren’t eligible to win twice in a row, we’re grandfathering in Galvis’ Saturday effort. A lanky senior with long black curls and a longer wingspan, Galvis earned MVP honors at the Class 5A tournament, helping lead Jesuit to its first title in 29 years. In Friday’s five-point semifinal win against Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, Galvis led Jesuit in points (16) and steals (four), and had all three of the Tigers’ blocks. His totals for the tourney: 32 points, eight 3-pointers, seven blocks, seven steals.