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Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 5 through Friday, April 11. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday at

Female nominees

Amanda Dee and Sara Slayton, Pasco tennis: This No. 2 doubles pair bounced back from a deficit in their region final match against Hernando to secure the Pirates' first state berth.

Lauren Evans, Academy at the Lakes softball: The USF signee was 4-for-5 with eight RBIs this past week. Her two homers, including a grand slam, against CCC secured coach Jerry English's 500th career victory.

Kristin Hoover, Berkeley Prep softball: She was 7-for-9 in three wins last week, including three homers, one triple, two doubles and six RBIs. The senior, who is hitting .617, had a walkoff homer in the fifth in a 10-0 senior night win against Sarasota Booker.

Erica Oosterhout, Plant tennis: The Panthers' top player won both of her singles matches in straight sets to keep the Panthers' goal of a fourth consecutive state title alive.

Deterrica Simpkins, Northside Christian track: The Pinellas Park transfer won the 200 (25.24), was second in the 100 (12.40) and ran legs on the winning 4x100 (51.11) and second-place 4x400 (4:26.99) relays at the Class A, District 10 meet.

Assata Trader, Shorecrest track: The sprinting specialist won the 100 (12.24), finished second in the 200 (25.61) and ran a leg on the second-place 4x100 relay (51.29) to help the Chargers take the team title at the Class A, District 10 meet.

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Male nominees

Hank Deslaurier, Springstead tennis: The senior won his singles match in the region final against Ocala Forest and teamed with Alex Hoover at No. 2 doubles for the clinching victory as the Eagles reached state for the first time.

Jesse DeWitt, Nature Coast tennis: He won in straight sets at No. 1 singles in both rounds of region play as the Sharks earned their first state berth.

Napoleon Maxwell, Admiral Farragut track: The Florida International football recruit won the 100 (11.35), 200 (23.03) and anchored the winning 4x100 relay (44.23) as the Blue Jackets won the Class A, District 10 team title.

Greg Smith, King tennis: Thrust into the No. 1 singles spot in the region semifinals, he won there and at No. 1 doubles. In the region final, he rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second for a straight-set win that lifted King to a state berth.

Dan Stefan, Boca Ciega tennis: The defending state champ won in straight sets in both rounds of region play, including not losing a game in the region finals. He heads back to state as an individual with a 14-0 record.

Jake Woodford, Plant baseball: The junior has allowed just one hit over his last 10 innings. He threw his first high school no-hitter in a 7-1 win against Wharton, then gave up one single in a 6-3 win over Robinson on Friday.