Sunday, January 21, 2018


Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Rodney Page joined the Times as a full-time staff writer in 1996. Since then, Page has not only covered the preps sports scene in Pinellas County but also the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer and local professional golf tournaments on the PGA and Champions Tour. Page was also involved in creating a golf website that featured reviews of all public courses in Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Growing up in Clearwater, Page learned to love most outdoor activities, from boating and fishing to baseball and golf. He is the father of two children, who also love to spend time outdoors when not glued to their phones.

Carrollwood Day cruises past new district foe Seffner Christian

TAMPA – Carrollwood Day moved up to Class 4A this season, which meant it was in the same district as perennial power Seffner Christian. The Patriots made it clear Thursday night that they are the new team to beat.Four Carrollwood players...
Published: 01/18/18
Former Clearwater Central Catholic standout Kyle Curinga, who is now with the Rowdies. (Matt May, Tampa Bay Rowdies)

From Finland, with love: Kyle Curinga’s back stateside with Rowdies

When Kyle Curinga decided he wanted to be a professional soccer player, he knew it was going to take a lot of sacrifice. There aren’t many places nearby for a kid from Clearwater to get paid to play the game.So after a stellar career at...
Published: 01/17/18

Largo rallies past Palm Harbor University 3-2, wins PCAC north

LARGO — Prior to Tuesday night's game against Palm Harbor University, Largo coach Dan Flynn gave his team a pep talk that may have been slightly embellished. He told his team that he talked to fellow coaches, who told him they had little chance...
Published: 01/16/18
Alleyah Williams, right, and Clearwater finally should get tested by county teams this week. (Douglas R. Clifford, Times)

HomeTeam 25: Girls basketball rankings for Tampa Bay

1. Alonso (14-1)This week: Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay Tech, Friday at RiverviewThe buzz: The Ravens picked up a big win last week against Plant. They are very well-rounded. Jacquelyn LeVay is one of the best guards in the...
Published: 01/16/18
St. Petersburg's Serrel Smith (Octavio Jones, Times)

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Serrel Smith and Jacquelyn LeVay

HomeTeam Hot Shots Serrel Smith, St. PetersburgLast month, St. Petersburg traveled to San Diego to play in the Under Armour Holiday Basketball Classic. There were plenty of adjustments the Green Devils made during their trip.
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/15/18

Alonso takes down undefeated Plant in girls basketball

TAMPA – Alonso's ultimate goal is to be the top team in the state. But first the Ravens had to prove they were the top team in their own city.They did that Wednesday night in a 46-41 win over Plant. The loss is the first of the season for...
Published: 01/10/18
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Kanesha Hall on the court during Northeast High School girls basketball practice at Northeast High, 5500 16th St. N, in St. Petersburg Monday afternoon (01/08/18).

Guard-heavy Northeast goes with what works and thrives

ST. PETERSBURG — When Northeast High won 16 girls basketball games and advanced to the Class 7A region quarterfinals last season, the Vikings did it with a mixture of strong guard play and size under the basket. The challenge this season was to figure...
Published: 01/10/18

Brooks DeBartolo hands Tampa Catholic first district loss in two years

TAMPA – The two best teams in Class 5A, District 9 played like it Tuesday night. Brooks DeBartolo jumped out to an early lead against Tampa Catholic, gave it up in the fourth quarter and hit big shots at the end of overtime to win...
Published: 01/09/18
Rowdies sign former CCC player Kyle Curinga

Rowdies sign former CCC player Kyle Curinga

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have added a local player to their roster for the 2018 season. Former Clearwater Central Catholic standout Kyle Curinga was signed by the club on Tuesday to play defender. Curinga, 23, also played at Florida Atlantic, in Finland...
Published: 01/09/18
Lakewood High coach Cory Moore and Isaiah Wynn at a Georgia summer camp in Athens this past summer. (Courtesy of Cory Moore)

Isaiah Wynn’s high school coach: ‘I knew he was going to be a Sunday kid’

Lakewood High coach Cory Moore will be watching with pride as his former player, Isaiah Wynn, takes the field for Georgia against Alabama in tonight's national championship game. Wynn played for the Spartans from 2010-13. Moore knows just how hard the...
Published: 01/08/18