A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week.
Female Hot Shot: AnnaMarie Huy, Palm Harbor University
Skinny: The sophomore came up big for the Hurricanes in their Class 8A region quarterfinal at Plant last week. In the pivotal third game of a five-set win, Huy had seven kills and finished the match with a team-high 15. Usually, front-line players like Naomi Mack or Jazmine Barker get the kills. But the left-handed Huy got hot and didn’t cool down against the Panthers. “She is so coachable,” PHU coach Tara Kuk said. “I just kept reminding her, ‘Keep going for it, keep going for it.’ And she did and that was a huge factor. Getting her more involved was the key. It’s much harder when you have to stop three hitters instead of one or two.’” Huy averages 1.8 kills per game and has 151 total this season. “All of us had to pick up our games, me included,” Huy said. “We want to go to states so we have to play this way.’’
Male Hot Shot: Alex McGough, Gaither
Skinny: McGough had a total of 314 yards and two touchdowns in Gaither’s 35-30 district win against Steinbrenner on Friday — an outcome that sent the Cowboys back to the playoffs for the third consecutive season. McGough connected with Amani Oruwariye for a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter, then in the fourth the FIU commit ran 60 yards for a touchdown with less than a minute to go. “He’s smart, and he makes good decisions,” coach Jason Stokes said Friday of McGough’s performance. “I’m just so proud of him, the things he does, and his maturity and his command of this offense.”