Sunday, September 23, 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.

Largo junior Khaishef Edwards celebrates moments after returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Countryside.  (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

Sunday Morning QB: Midseason point approaches

Highlights from Week 5:Player of the WeekKhaishef Edwards, Largo: Since coming over from Northeast, Edwards has showed off his big-play potential with touchdown catches in three of the first four games,...
Published: 09/23/18
Tampa Bay Tech senior Jeremiah Brown (8) celebrates with Josh Culpepper (25) after the Titans defeated Hillsborough 28-27. (BRONTE WITTPENN | Times)

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able...
Published: 09/22/18
If the FHSAA ban holds up, coach Mike Alstott and Northside Christian won't see the playoffs for three years. (DIRK SHADD | Times)

Grab Bag: Forfeit games and risk your playoff chances

When it comes to football playoffs, forfeit a game and you may as well forfeit your season.Northside Christian recently was fined $2,302 and slapped with a three-year postseason ban by the Florida High School Athletic Association after...
Published: 09/20/18
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The Plant student section cheers during the first quarter of the Plant High home game against Armwood on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Tampa.

HomeTeam 15: Football predictions (w/ video)

Our staffersí predictions for our spotlight games of the week:TonightCarrollwood Day at Admiral Farragut, 7Rodney Page: Carrollwood Day 20-14Bob Putnam: Admiral Farragut...
Published: 09/20/18

Volleyball: PHU continues mastery of St. Petersburg with 3-0 win

ST. PETERSBURG — The much anticipated showdown between Class 8A, District 10 rivals Palm Harbor University and St. Petersburg ended up being a 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 sweep for the Hurricanes. It was the first loss of the season for the Green...
Published: 09/18/18
Nature Coasts's Karla Cantero (11) sets the ball during Nature Coast's home game against Hernando on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Brooksville. (TAILYR IRVINE | Times)

HomeTeam 15: Volleyball power rankings, Week 5

A look at this week's top teams in Tampa Bay:Elite status1. Plant (12-0)Up next: Thursday at GaitherLast week's spot: No. 1Why they stayed put: If the...
Published: 09/18/18
Senior setter Abby Strong, second from right, is often in the middle of the action and the celebration when Palm Harbor University plays its matches. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

Road warriors truly define Palm Harbor University volleyball players

PALM HARBOR — The microphone was put away for the day, so Palm Harbor University volleyball coach Dexter Rogers had to shout. Luckily, the intimate crowd at Carwise Middle School was easily within earshot.It was senior night, and...
Published: 09/18/18
HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Rent Montie and Camryn Vogler

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Rent Montie and Camryn Vogler

Our players of the week for the period spanning Sept. 8-14.Rent Montie, ClearwaterMontie is a football junkie. The Clearwater quarterback even has a whiteboard in his room that he uses to diagram plays in his spare...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18
Pinellas Park's Brandon Coppola (10) runs the ball during the first quarter against East Lake. (TAILYR IRVINE | Times)

Sunday Morning Quarterback: Itís like Butter

Some of the highlights from Week 4:Team of the WeekPinellas Park: The Patriots were not tested in their first three games. They outscored opponents 150-0 and all three games were essentially over by halftime.
Published: 09/16/18
Pinellas Park's Lawrance Toafili runs the ball during the first quarter of the win over East Lake. (TAILYR IRVINE | Times)

Football: Pinellas Park 45, East Lake 24

PINELLAS PARK — Finally.It took 20 tries but Pinellas Park finally beat East Lake.The Patriots survived a third-quarter scare and beat their Class 7A, District 10 rival for the first time in school history, 45-24 Friday...
Published: 09/15/18