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HomeTeam Hot Shots for Oct. 5

Published Oct. 5, 2014

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, Sept. 27 through Friday, Oct. 3. 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

Fatima Abu-Rumman, cross country, Osceola: The junior won the individual title at the Northeast Viking Invitational in 21:20.7 as Osceola placed third as a team.

Courtney Coleman, swimming, Shorecrest: She won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.12) and 200 freestyle (1:58.80) to help the Chargers take the girls' team title at the St. Petersburg City Meet.

Emily Kerns, cross country, Mitchell: The senior paced area runners with a runnerup finish in the Mitchell Invitational. She crossed in a season-best 19:09.6, just steps behind winner Audrey Carpenter of Ocala Vanguard (19:09.1).

Casey McColl, volleyball, Bishop McLaughlin: The senior libero had 78 digs, 40 kills and 10 aces in three matches — wins against Pasco and Land O'Lakes and a 3-2 loss to Springstead — last week. The Division I commit has recorded more than 1,200 digs in her career.

Camille Opp, volleyball, Academy of the Holy Names: Opp had a team-leading 11 kills, including the winner, in the Jaguars' 3-1 district win against Berkeley Prep. The sophomore has 86 kills on the season, just three fewer than senior Georgia commit Courtney Vogler.

Micaela Torres, cross country, King: Torres led all bay area runners at last weekend's Seffner Christian Invitational, finishing second with a time of 20:03.2. Her performance helped King finish fifth in a field of 18.

Male nominees

Mark Marshburn, swimming, Shorecrest: The senior won the 200 individual medley (2:00.27) and 100 butterfly (56.00) to lead the Chargers to a team title at the St. Petersburg City Meet.

Patrick Mills, golf, Plant: Mills shot 3-under 68 to win the individual championship at the Vinoy Classic on Thursday. Mills birdied four of his first five holes and eagled the par-5 seventh to win by one shot over Newsome's Tyler Bakich. It was Mills' lowest 18-hole score in a high school match this season.

Willie Parker, football, Carrollwood Day: With the Patriots very much in the playoff hunt in 2A-5, the senior rushed for 178 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns in a district win over Canterbury.

Chris Schwarz, football, River Ridge: It's rare to see a two-time nominee again in such a short span, but being the first bay area running back to surpass 1,000 yards this season and setting his school's single-season rushing record puts Schwarz back in the mix. The junior has 1,181 yards rushing this season.

De'vonta Smith, football, Central: Smith was a workhorse in the Bears' 12-6 win over Weeki Wachee. He carried 30 times, gained 202 yards and scored both touchdowns. One of the runs was a 38-yarder that put Central up 12-0 in the second quarter.

Jeremy Wood, football, Calvary Christian: The senior receiver came up big in a district win over Admiral Farragut on Friday. Wood had six catches for 128 yards and caught two touchdown passes in a 17-0 win. He was interfered with but still caught a 31-yard TD in the fourth quarter.