Rodney Page, Times Staff Writer

Rodney Page

Rodney Page covers golf and community sports. He has worked at the Times since 1996.

Phone: (727) 893-8810

E-mail: page@tampabay.com

  1. Pinellas: District baseball preview

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Northeast coach Rob Stanifer wanted to send a message.

    It was early March and the Vikings were struggling yet again, this time in a home game against Berkeley Prep.

    "I had enough so I saw the bats over there lined up against the fence,'' Stanifer said. "You can't really throw bats and it hurts too much to kick them, so I gathered them all up and put them in the trash can. The next inning we scored three runs. Before that, the bats belonged in that trash can.''...

    Northeast outfielder Chris Clark is hitting .354 with three home runs and 18 RBIs. The senior also has 20 stolen bases.
  2. State tennis: Canterbury's Holvoet plays through pain, claims title

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    CASSELBERRY — Canterbury's Evan Holvoet wasn't sure he could make it to the Class A individual state tournament. In the district final, he faced Shorecrest's Peter Litsky, whom he had never beaten.

    Holvoet broke through and carried the momentum into this week's state tournament. The unseeded senior had to win four matches to earn the first-place medal. In the final Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park, he defeated Miami Country Day's Shaun Berman 7-5, 6-1....

    Evan Holvoet
  3. State tennis: Tampa Prep's Leavy falters in Class A final

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    CASSELBERRY — While Tampa Prep's hopes of a girls team championship ended Wednesday, it had two players alive for Class A individual titles Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park.

    In the No. 1 singles final, Paige Leavy lost 6-2, 6-4 to Allegra Hanlon of Miami Ransom Everglades.

    "I know it's kind of a cliche, but it really was a closer match than the score makes it look," Tampa Prep coach Chris Cary said. ...

  4. State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch boys share Class 3A title

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    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Wiregrass Ranch is bringing home its first team championship trophy, but it took a little negotiating from coach Dave Wilson.

    His Bulls tied Naples Barron Collier with 15 points each for the overall Class 3A team championship at Sanlando Park on Thursday. The Florida High School Athletic Association only brought one championship trophy and it initially was going home with Barron Collier. Another one would be mailed to Wiregrass Ranch....

    Wiregrass Ranch’s Agustin Moreno hits a return during his No. 1 singles match, going on to win 6-7 (4-6), 6-1, 6-0. He’s back today for a shot at the overall singles title.
  5. State tennis: No one better than Bogie's Dan Stefan in Class 2A

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    Boca Ciega's Dan Stefan left no doubt he is the best Class 2A singles player in Florida.

    Stefan had to stick around Casselberry for another day, but the wait was worth it after defeating Chase Perez-Blanco of Miami Gulliver Prep 6-2, 6-2 in the overall final Wednesday. It is the second straight overall title for Stefan, a junior.

    "The last two times I played him in USTA tournaments, I lost to him," Stefan said. "The last time was about five months ago. I think it shows that I'm getting better.''...

    Dan Stefan
  6. State tennis: Two more titles for Plant's Oosterhout

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    Plant's Erica Oosterhout made the most of her first opportunity to win an overall Class 4A state championship.

    Oosterhout, a junior who played No. 4 singles as a freshman and No. 2 as a sophomore, defeated Newsome's Kylie Moulin 6-1, 6-1 in the overall Class 4A singles final Wednesday morning at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

    She then teamed with Gabrielle Rodriguez to win the overall doubles championship. The duo beat Cypress Bay's Shene Disbergen and Pierina Imparato 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals, then topped East Lake's Angel Deng and Kim Herrock 6-1, 6-4 in the final....

    Erica Oosterhout
  7. State tennis: Boca Ciega's Stefan, East Lake's Deng make finals

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    Boca Ciega's Dan Stefan and East Lake's Angel Deng will both play for individual state championships today.

    Stefan will play for his second straight Class 2A individual state title after winning two matches Monday at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. Stefan, the No. 1-seeded player in the tournament, will play at 8 a.m. at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry.

    "I think it helps me a lot since I've been here before,'' Stefan said. "This year I have a routine and I know what to expect.''...

  8. State tennis: Rough Day 1 for North Suncoast teams

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    The Class 2A state tournament didn't quite go as planned for the Nature Coast boys and Pasco girls.

    The Sharks won only one of five opening-round singles matches and lost both doubles matches at the boys team tournament at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry on Monday. Alec Lund defeated Alexander Thompson of Gulf Breeze at No. 4 singles 1-6, 6-2, 10-8. In the semifinal, Lund lost to Laurentiu Schinteie of Miami Gulliver Prep 6-0, 6-0....

  9. Region tennis: Boca Ciega can't overcome Jesuit

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesuit didn't have an answer for Boca Ciega's top player, Dan Stefan. But the Tigers had everything else figured out in a 4-1 win over the Pirates in the Class 2A region final.

    They won four of the five singles matches to advance to the state tournament.

    "We were fully aware of how good Dan was at No. 1 singles," Jesuit coach Joe Curtis said. "But he can only get one point. What we wanted to do was take care of business in the other four singles matches and not let it go to doubles. Our depth really was the key."...

  10. Region tennis: CCC girls withstand challenge

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    The Clearwater Central Catholic girls advanced to today's Class A region final at Tampa Prep by defeating Lakeland Christian 4-2 on Wednesday.

    The Marauders, the District 7 runnersup, jumped to a 3-0 lead by winning the Nos. 1-3 singles matches. Isabella Dohse won at No. 1, 6-3, 6-1. Ying Chen won at No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-1 and Katherine Yang won at No. 3, 6-2, 6-4. Dohse and Chen then teamed to win No. 1 doubles 6-0, 6-2 and secure the win for the Marauders after Lakeland Christian tightened things up....

  11. Baseball: Northeast rallies to top Seminole

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    SEMINOLE — This season, Northeast has benefited from quality pitching and timely hitting. That pattern continued Friday night in a 4-1 win over Seminole.

    Josh Hale threw a three-hitter and freshman Kobe Hartley had a two-run single in the sixth inning to break it open as Northeast (16-4, 7-1) stayed atop Class 7A, District 9. A win over either Pinellas Park or Seminole next week will clinch the No. 1 seed for the Vikings....

    Northeast pitcher Josh Hale threw a three-hitter to defeat Seminole as the Vikings rallied.
  12. Baseball: Pinellas Park shuts out East Lake

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    PINELLAS PARK — In his last start, Pinellas Park right-hander Brandon Grigsby had a forgettable outing against Osceola in the Dunedin Spring tournament. He only lasted two innings in an 11-4 loss to the Warriors.

    Grigsby and his fellow Patriots were much better against East Lake on Tuesday night in a Class 7A, District 9 showdown.

    The Patriots jumped out to an early lead, played stellar defense and Grigsby scattered three hits in a 4-0 win. Pinellas Park (12-8, 5-3) keeps its slim hopes of a No. 1 seed alive. East Lake (12-6, 5-3) needs help to catch the Patriots and district leader Northeast....

  13. District tennis: Canterbury's Holvoet wins boys No. 1 title

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    Canterbury's Evan Holvoet defeated Shorecrest's Peter Litsky 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles final of the Class A, District 9 tournament Tuesday in Sarasota. Holvoet automatically qualifies for the individual state championship April 15-18 in Sanford.

    Bradenton St. Stephen's won the boys team championship, but Shorecrest finished second to also advance to regionals next week.

    Aside from Litsky advancing to a singles final, Luis Sarabia advanced to the No. 5 singles final for Shorecrest, winning 6-2, 6-4....

  14. Dunedin Spring Tournament final rained out

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    Dunedin Spring Tournament final postponed

    Saturday's scheduled Dunedin Spring Tournament championship game between Clearwater Central Catholic and Osceola was postponed by rain. Tournament organizer and Dunedin coach Ron Sexton said he is working with both schools to arrange a makeup date in April. Rain also washed out consolation games. CCC and Osceola each won three games in three days to reach Saturday's final....

  15. District tennis contenders

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    With district tournaments starting Monday, it looks as if the usual suspects will make a run at the state tournament. But don't count out a few newcomers.

    Top contenders

    Countryside's boys and East Lake's girls won their PCAC championship matches and take momentum into postseason play.

    Countryside (13-0) stopped St. Petersburg's four-year run as the PCAC champion with a solid top three and two undefeated doubles teams. ...

    “We’re just a bunch of high school players who work really hard,” Pinellas Park coach Hollie Miller says.