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. 12 through Friday, Oct. 18. 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.
Abbey Duncan, Wesley Chapel swimming: Duncan broke a 16-year-old record at last weekend’s Sunshine Athletic Conference meet. She swam the 500 free in 5:07.27, toppling the mark of 5:09.31.
Haydyn Gibson, Osceola golf: At the Class 2A, District 16 tournament, Gibson won individual honors with 71, a score that was eight strokes better than the top two boys in the tournament.
Daniele Green, Mitchell volleyball: The 5-foot-8 outside hitter and team captain helped the Mustangs win a five-set match against Anclote. Green had 15 kills and two blocks in the match, including the first points scored in the first two sets.
Emmy Martin, Academy of the Holy Names: The senior standout earned her third consecutive Class 2A, District 17 championship by cruising to 2-under 70 at Sandpiper.
Anna Montgomery, Plant cross country: Six days after cracking 19 minutes at the pre-state meet in Tallahassee, the senior had her best result of the season — 17 minutes, 49 seconds — to win the Hillsborough County title by almost 40 seconds.
Sarah Raymond, Palm Harbor University cross country: The two-sport star, who already has committed to play soccer at the University of Tampa, won the PCAC girls title in 19:37, a second off the personal best she set at the state meet two years ago.
Blake Dyer, St. Petersburg golf: Dyer shot 5-under 66 at the Class 3A, District 12 tournament at Seminole Lake Country Club. He was the only golfer to shoot in the 60s and won medalist honors by seven shots.
Donavan Hale, Largo football: The junior quarterback threw for 229 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Campbell with no time left in regulation to lead the Packers to a wild 22-21 win over Venice that all but wrapped up the Class 6A, District 7 title.
TJ Harrell, Tampa Catholic football: The two-way player had 123 yards and two touchdowns — including a tie-breaking score with 52 seconds to go — in the Crusaders’ 17-10 district win against Berkeley Prep.
Matt Ruel, Jesuit golf: The sophomore earned his first career district championship with a bogey-free, 4-under round of 69. His team also won the Class 2A, District 15 championship.
Justin Swanstrom, Zephyrhills golf/football: The 6-foot senior wrapped up his golf season to head for the football field. He completed all six of his passes, throwing for 146 yards and two touchdowns, in the Bulldogs’ 70-21 win against Central.
Bryce Wilson, Wiregrass Ranch golf/football: The 5-foot-10 athlete showed his flexibility this week. Wilson shot 84 at Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club to qualify for regionals in golf. On Friday, his field goal gave the Bulls a 17-7 lead at halftime, though Wiregrass ultimately fell to Steinbrenner.