Each month, the Times high school sports writers name two bay area athletes as our Athletes of the Month. We encourage you to submit your recommendations for this honor. Click the link below to send a name to us.
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Jazmyn Shorter, Lakewood, track: The junior was undefeated in outdoor races, winning a state title in the 400 meters. She lost just twice in the 200.
Steven Bell, Land O'Lakes, track: Bell won state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. He graduates as arguably the best distance runner in Pasco County history. He will run at USF next fall.
Bryan Thomas, Zephyrhills, track: Thomas won the state long jump title. He is a Florida football signee and arguably the best athlete to leave Zephyrhills.
Ashley Anderton, Zephyrhills, softball: She hit .395 -- second-highest on her region final team -- with three home runs, six doubles, three triples and 24 RBIs. She also won a conference shotput title with a personal-best of 35 feet, 6 1/2 inches. She placed fifth at the region meet.
Carmine Giardina, Durant, baseball: The senior pitcher, who has signed to play for the University of Texas, fanned 16 batters in games against Alonso and Wharton to set a Saladino Tournament record with 32 strikeouts.
Cari Curfman, Durant, softball: She hit .447 for a very solid team.
Randy Hernandez, Citrus, baseball: Senior second baseman led the 'Canes to the region quarterfinals with a team-leading seven home runs and 37 RBIs. He batted .376 with an on-base percentage of .410 and a .716 slugging percentage.
Christina Hollback, Lecanto, softball: Helped the Panthers to a surprising Class 4A, District 6 championship. She bumped her batting average from .514 to .643 during the district and region quarterfinal run. Had 17 RBIs during the seasno and a 1.94 ERA.
Mike Kursteiner, Nature Coast, track: The senior won the Class 2A state title in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 11 inches. He also qualified for state in the long jump. He will attend USF next year.
Jen Knoer, Springstead, track: The junior made it to the Class 3A state competition in the high jump but did not She won the Region 2 meet with a leap of 5-feet.
Sarah Long, Tarpon Springs, track
Kailand Cosgrove, Tarpon Springs, track
Kenesha Jordan, Gibbs, track
Bryce Crouch, Palm Harbor U, softball
Kasey Postupack, Seminole, softball
Christine Sayler, St. Petersburg High, track
Allison Savarese, Seminole, softball
Lauren Castellvi, Plant, softball
Kirsten Kelsey, Tampa Prep, softball
Arilicia Adkins, Armwood, track
Jessica Mouse, Chamberlain, softball
Megan Broderick, Alonso, tennis
Brittany Williams, Cambridge, softball
Valerie Kessel, Cambridge, softball
Melissa Rosas, King, softball
Jessica O'Brien, Armwood, softball
Sarita McBride, Armwood, track
Stephanie Persaud, Jefferson, soccer
Danielle Fennimore, Hudson, softball
Courtney Spafford, Citrus, tennis
Alley Savage, Lecanto, softball
Cody Lehasky, Dunedin baseball
Joey Cuda, Canterbury, baseball
Eugene Tichenor, Lakewood, baseball
Josh Bowman, Northeast, baseball
David Burns, St. Pete Catholic, baseball
Zachary Hall, St. Petersburg, track
Clay Kollenbaum, Dunedin, baseball
Ryan Farley, Tarpon Springs, track
Mike Alberts, Lakewood, baseball
Ryan Schneider, Dunedin, baseball
Donny Albro, Boca Ciega, baseball
Ray Coleman, Countryside, track
Kevin Maloney, Dunedin, baseball
JC Suarez, Tampa Catholic, baseball
Jeremey Borden, Robinson, baseball
Billy Bullock, Riverview, baseball
Matt Shurig, Hillsborough, baseball
Derek Wehunt, Sickles, track
Chris Jones, Gaither, baseball
Bryan Hazel, Tampa Bay Tech, track
Branden Blake, King, baseball
Eddie Sipple, Berkeley Prep, baseball
Trace Venegas, Robinson, baseball
Garrett Cox, Cambridge, baseball
Derek Desomma, Citrus, baseball