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Rodney Page, Times Staff Writer

Rodney Page

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..

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  1. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Asher Thompson and Aubree Sigismondi


    Asher Thompson, Keswick Christian

    Thompson gets to the quarterback or ball carrier so frequently that he has compiled an impressive number of defensive statistics in his four years as a starting linebacker.

    The senior has already set all kinds of records for tackles at the school. Against Winter Haven All Saints' last week, Thompson hit another milestone with 11 tackles to set the career mark of 361, breaking Brian Baxter's previous record of 358 tackles compiled from 2000-03....

    Ridgewood volleyball player Aubree Sigismondi
  2. SAC golf: Mitchell boys take team title


    Mitchell won the team championship at the SAC golf tournament Monday at Crescent Oaks Country Club in Tarpon Springs with a score of 306. Mike Spinger and Max Sabo both shot 3-over 71 to lead the Mustangs. Ben Wagner chipped in with 78 and Cody Miano shot 80.

    Sunlake was second with 318. The Seahawks' Travis Wells was the individual champion with 3-under 68. He was the only player in the 15-team tournament to shoot under par. Teammate Jordan Sarhaddi shot 77 to help with the runnerup finish....

  3. Golf: Shorecrest's Greyson Porter shoots a 66 to win CCC Invitational


    Shorecrest's Greyson Porter will take some momentum into next week's district tournament. The Chargers' senior shot a 6 under 66 at the CCC Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Belleair Country Club. His winning score was four shots better than Eric Souchak of Sarasota Riverview. This is the second 18-hole tournament win of the regular season for Porter. He also won the Mustang Invitational at Seminole Lake CC....

  4. Sunday Morning Quarterback


    Team of the Week

    Admiral Farragut: The season could not have started any worse. Head coach Ryan Hearn was suspended for a violation of department policy and missed the season opener, a 22-18 loss to Carrollwood Day. Since then, the Blue Jackets have won five straight.

    Admiral Farragut trailed Indian Rocks Christian by 10 Friday night with two minutes to go. But a touchdown with a minute left, then a 50-yard fumble return by Dontell Green with 48 seconds remaining gave the Blue Jackets a 34-31 lead. An IRC field goal sent the game into overtime, but quarterback Austyn Causey converted a two-point pass to give his team a 42-41 win in a crucial Class 2A, District 6 game....

    Mitchell’s Mychael Hamilton (11) finds an opening on his way to a career-best 252 yards rushing against Pasco.
  5. Pinellas Game of the Week: Admiral Farragut 42, Indian Rocks Christian 41 (OT)


    ST. PETERSBURG — If this is the way it's going to be in Class 2A, District 6, buckle up.

    Indian Rocks Christian held a 10-point lead with two minutes remaining against Admiral Farragut on Friday in the first district game for both teams. Then the Blue Jackets stormed back to take a three-point lead, only to give up a last-second field goal to send the game into overtime.

    After a Golden Eagles touchdown on the first overtime possession, the Blue Jackets scored on fourth down, then went for two points. When the pass was completed, AFA pulled out a 42-41 win....

      Donnie Crum (2), of Admiral Farragut, runs the ball during the second quarter of the game against Indian Rocks Christian on Friday October 2, 2015 at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg.
  6. Golf: CCC Invitational is Saturday


    The Clearwater Central Catholic Invitational tournament will be held on Saturday at Belleair Country Club. It is the final local 18 hole tournament before district tournaments begin on Oct. 12. There is a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

    The schools participating are CCC, Mitchell, Sarasota Riverview, Calvary Christian, Northside Christian, Sebring, Countryside, Olympia, Shorecrest, East Lake, Palm Harbor University, Sickles, Spruce Creek, Tampa Prep and West Orange....

  7. Golf: Patel leads Newsome boys to Vinoy Classic title


    ST. PETERSBURG – Newsome’s Dhruv Patel admits he is not a very long hitter, but it didn’t take monster drives to win Thursday’s Vinoy Classic.

    Patel hit most of Vinoy’s narrow fairways and nearly all of its greens in regulation on the way to 1-under 70. He was the only player to shoot under par and won the individual championship by one shot over three other players....

  8. Midseason report: Game day grab bag


    An old football axiom still holds true at the midpoint of the season. Teams that can run the ball tend to win games. The nine Tampa Bay teams with a running back who has gained more than 700 yards this season are a combined 28-13.

    Another is that defense wins championships. The top teams in the HomeTeam 25 rankings — Armwood and Sickles — have given up 31 points combined. It's no coincidence both teams are undefeated....

    Linebacker Kyheem Campbell has helped ensure that Armwood's penchant for fielding stellar defenses remains intact. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times) 
  9. Admiral Farragut rolling after rocky start to season



    At a school like Admiral Farragut, which boasts a mixture of local, national and international students, change is always expected. Each year, there is sure to be a wave of new students, mostly boarders, who enroll and take roster spots on various teams.

    In the case of the football team, there was indeed plenty of change to this season's roster. But the change came from local public school players transferring to Admiral Farragut. ...

    Senior defensive back Craig Watts came in from Gibbs. The four-star recruit has committed to the University of Colorado.
  10. Volleyball: Mustang Invitational is Friday-Saturday


    Northside Christian will host the Mustang Invitational on Friday and Saturday. It is an eight-team volleyball tournament with two pools of four teams. Admission is $5 per day.

    Here are the pools and schedule for the tournament:

    Pool A: Tampa Prep, Orangewood Christian, Palmer Trinity, Northeast

    Friday: 4 p.m.: Tampa Prep vs. Palmer Trinity, Orangewood Christian vs. Northeast; 6 p.m.: Tampa Prep vs. Northeast, Orangewood Christian vs. Palmer Trinity....

  11. HomeTeam 25: Volleyball rankings, Week 6


    1. Carrollwood Day (17-2)

    This week: No matches scheduled

    Scoop: The Patriots take a 10-day break for service missions, and that’s why they front loaded 19 matches in their schedule. When they return, a district match at Seffner Christian on Oct. 6 awaits.

    2. Berkeley Prep (7-3)

    This week: Tuesday at Holy Names, Thursday-Saturday at Asics Challenge (Chicago)...

    Julia Angelo and Palm Harbor University are looking to stay on top of PCAC and district competition.
  12. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Glass Wilson and Stevie Schweitzer


    Glass Wilson, Ridgewood

    It's little wonder Wilson was voted Hot Shot of the Week. He is used to winning elections.

    Wilson, a senior, has been a class president at Ridgewood every year since he was a sophomore. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Interact Club. Oh, and he has played varsity football since he was a freshman....

    Handout photos of Ridgewood High running back Glass Wilson (courtesy of Nicole Wilson) and Carrollwood Day volleyball player Stevie Schweitzer (courtesy of Eric Praetorius)
  13. Volleyball: Ridgewood wins Fivay Invitational


    Ridgewood volleyball coach Emily Lucci had a feeling about this season. Now in her third year, Lucci has seen her team get better and better, and more importantly, older and older. The Rams have four seniors and three juniors on a team that only uses eight players.

    Ridgewood went from seven wins in 2013 to 17 last season. This year, the Rams are 15-1 and won the Fivay Invitational on Saturday. In the tournament, they won five straight matches and lost only one game. Ridgewood had won 10 straight matches prior to Tuesday’s match at Fivay. ...

  14. Admiral Farragut's Craig Watts commits to Colorado


    Admiral Farragut defensive back Craig Watts’ second visit to Boulder, Colo., this weekend was enough to convince him to commit to the University of Colorado.

    Watts, considered a four-star recruit by several services, made the announcement Sunday afternoon, shortly after returning from his visit.

    “Both times I went up there it just felt like home," Watts said. “It’s just a great fit for me."...

  15. Sunday Morning QB, Week 5


    Team of the week

    Clearwater Central Catholic. This was supposed to be a down year for the Marauders. There were too many players lost to graduation. Too many young players in the lineup. Too much to overcome.

    So much for conventional wisdom.

    Clearwater Central Catholic is 5-0 and has made it look easy, winning each game by double digits in a first-half schedule that included four playoff teams from a year ago. ...

    Justin Hall