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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..

Phone: (727) 893-8810

E-mail: rpage@tampabay.com

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  1. Tampa Bay Rowdies lose late-game gamble

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — With Saturday's game against Charleston tied at 2 in the final minutes, Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell decided to play for a win. He subbed in forwards and told his team to push up for a goal.

    The strategy backfired.

    Tampa Bay gave up a goal in the 89th minute and lost to the Battery 3-2 in front of 5,016 at Al Lang Stadium. After starting their first United Soccer League season on a three-game win streak, the Rowdies (3-2-1) have finished their third game in seven days with two losses and a tie....

    Tampa Bay Rowdies Joe Cole (26) kicks the ball just past Charleston Battery goalie Odisnel Cooper (23) for a first half goal Saturday, April 22, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  2. HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 15-21

    Blog

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 15 through Friday, April 21. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

    Female nominees

    Katie Barnett, track, Admiral Farragut: The senior, who signed with Princeton last week, won the triple jump (36-6.75), the long jump (17-3.5) and was on the winning 4x400 relay (4:26.43) at the Class A, District 6 meet....

  3. Still unbeaten Calvary Christian rolls over Jesuit

    Blog

    CLEARWATER – Calvary Christian just keeps on rolling.

    The Warriors improved to 22-0 after a surprisingly easy 8-1 win over Jesuit on Friday night. During the win streak there have been several close calls, including a come-from-behind 9-8 win over St. Petersburg on Thursday. But the win over the Tigers was no such game.

    Calvary Christian scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by a three-run homer from Matheu Nelson, and never looked back. Starting pitcher Graham Hoffman, normally a reliever, threw four solid innings in his first start. Reliever Nolan Hudi, normally a starter, threw three innings of shutout relief....

  4. Region tennis: East Lake boys head to state in Class 4A

    Tennis Preps

    EAST LAKE — In last week's district tournament, East Lake won both doubles matches in tiebreakers to eke out the championship against Land O'Lakes. In Thursday's Class 4A region final rematch, the Eagles didn't need to play doubles.

    East Lake won four of five singles matches to defeat the Gators 4-1. The Eagles earned a berth in next week's Class 4A state final in Orlando.

    Benny Glezer got things started for East Lake with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Land O'Lakes' Albert Xing at No. 1 singles. Ryan Grywczynski finished shortly afterward with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jeffrey Liu at No. 5 singles to put the Eagles up 2-0....

  5. Region tennis: St. Petersburg girls dispatch Steinbrenner 4-1

    Tennis Preps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Throughout the regular season and into the postseason, St. Petersburg has relied on its depth to win matches. That pattern didn't change in Tuesday's Class 4A region semifinal against Steinbrenner at the St. Pete Tennis Center. The Green Devils won four of five singles matches to defeat the Warriors 4-1.

    "The girls have been mentally tough all season,'' St. Petersburg coach Todd St. Louis said. "We have some players who are tournament players and they've been through this. And some others just have that mental toughness to get through their matches.''...

  6. HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings

    Baseballpreps

    1. Calvary Christian (19-0)

    This week: Tuesday at Carrollwood Day, Wednesday vs. St. Petersburg, Friday vs. Jesuit

    Scoop: Each week seems like it could be the week the Warriors pick up their first loss. It hasn't happened yet, but … this week is tough. All three teams on this week's schedule can test the Warriors' depth.

    2. Jesuit (19-3)

    This week: Tuesday vs. IMG, Friday at Calvary Christian...

    Area baseball teams are still scheduling tough games just weeks before the start of districts. (Will Vragovic, Times)
  7. HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 8-14

    Blog

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 8 through Friday, April 14. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

    Female nominees

    Taylor Bump, softball, Canterbury: The Michigan signee was 3-for-4 with a solo homer in a 10-4 win over previously undefeated Academy at the Lakes. Bump has nine home runs, tying her with three others for third-most in the state....

  8. Long-standing Dunedin Spring Classic weathers changes

    Baseballpreps

    In 1969, Dunedin High baseball coach and athletic director Howard Godfrey decided to start a spring baseball tournament. Northeast, behind pitcher Nick Hockett, won the first ever Dunedin Spring Classic.

    Little did anyone know that would be the first of 46 more spring tournaments. Longtime Dunedin coach Greg Nichols took over in 1970 and built it up throughout the years. Games were played at both Englebert Complex and Dunedin Stadium....

    Dunedin’s Alex Sexton and Boca Ciega’s Kaemic Brown may meet up in this year’s Dunedin Spring Classic, which begins Monday at Englebert Complex.
  9. District tennis: Steinbrenner, Palm Harbor University claim 4A-7 crowns

    Tennis Preps

    CLEARWATER — Steinbrenner's boys and Palm Harbor University's girls both advanced to next week's region semifinals after impressive wins Wednesday at the Class 4A, District 7 tournament. The Steinbrenner boys won four of five singles championships and both doubles finals at McMullen Tennis Center to earn 20 points. Plant, which had second-place finishers in Nos. 2-4 singles and won at No. 5, was the runnerup with 14 points....

  10. District tennis: Wiregrass Ranch boys cruise

    Tennis Preps

    TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch won its eighth straight boys district tennis championship Tuesday afternoon at Hunter's Green. That's not surprising. What was surprising is that this was the first time the Bulls swept all singles and doubles matches in claiming the championship.

    "In years past it seemed like we'd have some guys missing, but this year it all worked out," Wiregrass Ranch coach Dave Wilson said....

  11. HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings

    Baseballpreps

    1. Calvary Christian (17-0)

    This week: Tuesday vs. Brooks DeBartolo, Thursday at Dunedin

    Scoop: The streak continues, but it hasn't been easy. The Warriors started last week with a narrow 1-0 win over Berkeley Prep. Then came a comeback win over Countryside and a 4-1 win over Tampa Prep to end the week. The streak continued with a 2-1, nine-innings win over Northside Christian on Monday....

    BRANDON - Jesuit reliever Jeff Hakanson was nearly unhittable during the Saladino final against Alonso Friday night. Hakanson threw the final five innings, allowing two hits while striking out nine to earn the victory, 5-2. Taken 3-17-17 by Scott Purks
  12. Unbeaten Calvary Christian survives extra innings

    Blog

    ST. PETERSBURG – Calvary Christian was one out, one strike actually, away from losing its first game of the 2017 season. The Warriors trailed 1-0 and had runners on first and third against Northside Christian ace reliever Corey Yawn in the top of the seventh inning. Matheu Nelson kept fighting off pitches before he finally laced a low fastball into right-centerfield for a tying base hit.

    In the top of the ninth inning, Graham Hoffman came up with a two-out RBI single of his own and Calvary Christian held on to defeat the Mustangs 2-1. The Warriors are 17-0. Northside Christian falls to 15-4....

  13. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Marina Rao and Joshua Bowers

    Softballpreps

    Marina Rao Mitchell

    Rao was inserted into Mitchell's starting lineup in the season opener. The move did not come as a surprise to the freshman.

    "I had a feeling I could start because our coach (Scott Bisbe) knew about me since the seventh grade," Rao said.

    Rao's older sister, Demetria, is a senior who played for the Mustangs as a freshman and sophomore before giving up the sport to concentrate on academics. Marina often was in the stands for games....

    East Lake track and field athlete Joshua Bowers
  14. Sport fish your game? Check out the Suncoast Kingfish Classic

    Outdoors

    TREASURE ISLAND — Kingfish have a one-track mind. Find food. Eat food. Repeat.

    They are constantly on the lookout for baitfish. When their prey move up and down the gulf coast, the kingfish follow. This time of year they can be caught just offshore or out in the deeper central Gulf of Mexico waters.

    As a sport fish, kingfish are right up there with some of the best. A member of the mackerel family, they can exceed 60 pounds and rip line off a reel in no time flat....

    From left, John Favata, Ryan Farner and former Rays manager Lou Piniella show off a 42-pound kingfish.
  15. HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for April 1-7

    Blog

    Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, April 1 through Friday, April 7. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

    Female nominees

    Jordan Almasy, softball, Wesley Chapel: The freshman threw a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Land O’Lakes. She also had a shutout earlier this season against River Ridge....