Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Clark Lea and Mackenzie Dufresne

HomeTeam Hot Shots

Clark Lea, Clearwater Central Catholic

Lea has emerged as the top golfer on a team full of talent. After a summer of junior tournaments, Lea segued into the high school season and didn't miss a beat. He shot 2-under 70 to win the Outback Invitational at East Lake Woodlands at the beginning of the season. He then shot 2-under 69 at Lansbrook Golf Club to win the East Lake Invitational on Sept. 16.

"The high school tournaments aren't set up as hard as the summer junior golf tournaments so it's not as bad," Lea said. "Right now I'm putting well. My strength has always been to hit the ball straight off the tee and hit greens. If I'm doing that, then I'm going to do pretty well."

Lea also has the opportunity to play with younger brother Hunter, a sophomore. Along with Davis Harrison and Thomas Salanito, the Marauders have a foursome that all shoots close to par.

Lea and CCC played last weekend in the Riverview Invitational at Lakewood Ranch. He shot 4 over, five shots off the lead. But as the season wears on, he believes his team has a shot at a state title.

"That's what we're all looking forward to," he said. "If we keep playing this way we have a chance."

Mackenzie Dufresne, Tarpon Springs

Dufresne, a junior, has been a member of the Spongers' varsity team since her freshman year. A six-foot outside hitter, she has seen the team get better each year. Prior to Monday's match against Dunedin, the Spongers were 11-3 and on top of Class 6A, District 11.

"It's been a big step up since my freshman year," Dufresne said. "Last year we started to step up more because we had players with more experience. This year we have been together for two years and we all connect with each other."

In three matches last week, prior to a weekend tournament, Dufresne had a total of 30 kills and 12 aces. She is the team's top offensive weapon. She also plays club volleyball. Though only a junior, Dufresne is one of Tarpon's captains.

Her physical skills are one reason why, but she also is a captain because of her leadership qualities.

"I'm very competitive," Dufresne said. "I always want to win, but I also try to bring my teammates up, too. I see myself as a leader of the team. I love the game. I'm very driven. This is something I want to do in college."

Dufresne said there was a brief time when she thought about transferring to a more traditional volleyball school like Palm Harbor University. But she stuck with Tarpon Springs because she believes the team will continue to get better.

"I have a strong feeling that we are going to win districts," Dufresne said. "I think we'll probably make it to the top eight in our region. That's the hope. I really think if we keep our mind to it, it's going to be a good season. ''

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Clark Lea and Mackenzie Dufresne 09/25/17 [Last modified: Monday, September 25, 2017 6:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. No. 20 UCF beats Navy 31-21 for first 6-0 start


    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Central Florida finally had been tested in a tight game, and someone wondered if coach Scott Frost enjoyed seeing how his team reacted to the situation.

    Freshman  Otis Anderson gives UCF plenty of reasons to celebrate after scoring the final touchdown of the game to clinch bowl eligibility for the Knights.
  2. No. 8 Miami survives Syracuse test, beats Orange 27-19


    MIAMI GARDENS — By Miami's new standards, this game was decided early.

    Sophomore Travis Homer on Miami’s hot start: “We’re 6-0, but that’s not our final goal. That’s not going to get to our head.”
  3. Stroud: Bucs need to stop digging holes on road


    TAMPA — Okay, all you road scholars, why do the Bucs keep falling behind in games not played at Raymond James Stadium?

    HARVARD SQUARED: Tight end Cameron Brate catches a TD from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
  4. Topkin: A busy offseason for Rays approaching as postseason winds down

    The Heater

    Tuesday's opening of the World Series means the end of the postseason is in sight and that the offseason maneuvering, which starts five days after the final out, can soon evolve from talk to action.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi smiles at Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer after Mauer broke up Odorizzi's no-hit bid with a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  5. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-Louisville


    1. One of the many hard-to-believe stats about FSU's underperforming defense: DE Brian Burns led all freshmen nationally with 9 ½ sacks last year; his first one this season came midway through the second quarter Saturday.

    TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs the ball into the endzone for a touchdown during their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) 775042617