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HOMETEAM HOT SHOTS

Each week, our HomeTeam staffers will nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. These nominations span Saturday, April 20 through Friday, April 26. 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 look for our writers' picks for overall winners in Tuesday's Tampa Bay Times.

Female nominees

Sandra Akachukwu, Freedom track: The senior repeated as the 100, 200 and long jump champ, and repeated as runnerup in the high jump at the 4A-2 region meet. Her performance in each event was better than last year's.

Jordan Fowler, Mitchellsoftball: The junior pitcher allowed only four hits and struck out nine batters in a 2-0 win at Winter Haven in the Class 6A region quarterfinals.

Claire Hamilton, Palm HarborUniversity softball: Battling a stomach virus all week, Hamilton went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs in an 8-4 victory over Wharton in the Class 8A region quarterfinals.

Jorian Ordway, Hillsborough track: The Kent State signee won the 3A-2 region title in the 400 (54.98 seconds), setting a Hillsborough County record in the process.

Courtney Riddle, Hernandosoftball: The junior drove in three runs at the plate and allowed only two (one earned) on the mound in a 12-2 victory over Pasco in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.

Assata Trader, Shorecrest track: The junior sprinter won a state title in the 100 at the Class A state meet, a surprise considering she didn't qualify for the event last year and was seeded 11th going into the preliminaries Friday.

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Male nominees

Marcus Begg, Mitchell baseball: The senior infielder finished the week 6-for-8 with three doubles and seven RBIs. His two-run homer was a game changer in a 6-3 win over Land O'Lakes for the Class 6A, District 10 title.

Connor Cureton, St. Petersburg Catholic track: The senior won his first state title in the 800, his signature event, at the Class A meet. Cureton took the lead on the final lap and held off two challengers in a personal-best 1 minute, 56.12 seconds.

Blaine Duncan, Pasco baseball: The senior left-hander allowed only one hit in a victory over Fivay in the district semifinals. Two days later, he pitched the final two innings of a 6-2 win over Wesley Chapel for the Class 5A, District 8 title.

Seth Lewis, Seffner Christian, TRACK: The senior won the discus title at the Class A meet with a throw of 149 feet, 11 inches, beating his closest competitor by 7 inches. Lewis entered the meet as the top seed, a year after qualifying but failing to place in the competition.

Brenden Rivera, Brooks-DeBartolo baseball: The High Point (N.C.) University signee went 5-for-7 with a homer, four doubles and four RBIs in the Class 3A, District 8 tournament, where the Phoenix advanced to the final but lost 6-4 to Tampa Prep.

Charlie Skantze, Countryside baseball: The junior had the key hit that drove in both runs of a 2-0 victory against Pinellas Park in the Class 7A, District 10 tournament semifinal. He followed that with a two-run, bases-loaded single in a 3-0 win over Seminole in the final. Skantze also came on in relief to save the district final by inducing a double play.

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