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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. Griffin Alstott, Decalon Brooks don't rest on dads' legacies

    Footballpreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — Northside Christian junior quarterback Griffin Alstott knows it's his job to do well in the classroom and on the field. When it comes to recruiting, he lets his dad, head coach Mike Alstott, tackle that task.

    That's probably not a bad idea, since Mike Alstott went through the process as a star fullback at Joliet (Ill.) Central Catholic who chose Purdue in the early 1990s....

    Gaither's Decalon Brooks had a standout sophomore season with 104 tackles, and his coach thinks DI programs will start taking notice soon. (Times file 2014)
  2. Huge win for Green Devils volleyball team

    Blog

    St. Petersburg’s volleyball season did not get off to a good start. Just days before school began, pipes burst in the school’s gym and the floor is still under repair. 

    Head coach Alex Sevillano has been scrambling to find places for her team to practice. In fact, the Green Devils didn’t practice at all prior to the Indian Rocks preseason tournament and lost 3-0 to defending state champ Clearwater Central Catholic....

  3. Golf: Calvary Invitational tees off at Innisbrook Saturday

    Blog

    The first big area high school golf tournament of the season will be played on Saturday.

    The Calvary Christian Invitational will be held on Innisbrook's North Course. The 8 a.m. shotgun start will feature 14 schools from around the state, including last year's third-place team in Class A, Windermere Prep, and Mitchell, which was sixth in Class 2A.

    The 14 schools competing are Calvary Christian, Clearwater Central Catholic, Countryside, Tampa Prep, Harmony, Shorecrest, North Broward Prep, Seacrest Country Day, Seminole, Mitchell, East Lake, Northside Christian, Windermere Prep and St. Petersburg....

  4. Sunday Morning QB: Week 1 highlights

    Footballpreps

    Team of the week

    Palm Harbor University. Not only did the Hurricanes snap their neighborhood rival's 25-game regular-season win streak by beating East Lake 14-10, but they also snapped a six game losing streak to the Eagles.

    Such a win didn't seem possible. After all, the Eagles were coming off two straight state semifinal appearances while PHU won just one game last season — and that was by a point....

    Durant coach Mike Gottman seems to have Hillsborough's number: his Cougars have beaten the Terriers in two of their past three meetings. (Times file)
  5. Pinellas Game of the Week: Pinellas Park 21, Osceola 14

    Footballpreps

    SEMINOLE — Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford has a way with words, some of which are not suitable for print. At halftime, Crawford used a few of those words with his team trailing by two touchdowns to Osceola.

    The Patriots were listening.

    Pinellas Park scored on its first possession of the third quarter and put together two more scoring drives in the fourth to defeat the Warriors 21-14 in the regular-season opener for both schools. It was the Patriots seventh straight win over the Warriors; the previous two meetings were decided by three and two points, respectively....

    Pinellas Park’s Alonzo McCray, who scored twice, pushes for yards in the fourth quarter. The Patriots defeated the Warriors for the seventh consecutive time.
  6. Week 1: Game day grab bag

    Footballpreps

    Notable head-to-heads

    Mitchell DL Devontay Taylor vs. River Ridge RB Chris Schwarz

    After playing a limited role last season, Taylor has become an important defensive presence, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound end who can stop the run with size and rush the passer with his speed.

    In the spring game against Fivay and last week's kickoff classic against Palm Harbor University, Taylor wreaked havoc against opposing quarterbacks with a combined four sacks and a fumble recovery....

    Five-star receiver Nate Craig-Myers is ready to embark on his first full season at Tampa Catholic after injury sidelined him a year ago.
  7. Admiral Farragut football coach Ryan Hearn suspended for opener

    Footballpreps

    Admiral Farragut football coach Ryan Hearn has been suspended for one game by the school for a violation of department policy. First-year athletic director Larry Antonucci confirmed the suspension on Wednesday afternoon but declined to offer more details.

    "We felt this was the necessary action to take," Antonucci said. "Ryan will rejoin the team on Sunday morning and continue his regular duties."...

    Coach Ryan Hearn, entering his third season at Admiral Farragut, has a .500 record at the school.
  8. Ten reasons to love high school football in Pinellas County

    Footballpreps

    Today marks the official start to the 2015 football season — one that promises up to 16 weeks of competition. But outside of the X's and O's, playoff favorites and highly touted recruits, there are a lot of fun things that Pinellas County high school football has to offer. Here are some of our favorites:

    1. Rivalries

    Coaches and players will tell you that every game is a big game, but let's face it, some have more meaning than others. In Pinellas County, some rivalries go back many, many years. Largo hosts Clearwater on Oct. 23 in a rivalry that is one of the oldest in the county. These teams are renewing their grudge match for the first time since 2006 in a game that will have significance now that both are in the same district. And Tarpon Springs hosts East Lake on Sept. 25 in a rivalry that is the most popular in the county, annually drawing thousands of spectators. The Spongers even sell T-shirts just for that game with the slogan, "What's the word? Kill the bird."...

    Indian Rocks’ Damian King scores on a 52-yard run in the first quarter of the 2014 FHSAA Football Class 2A Championship at the Citrus Bowl. Indian Rocks lost (See No. 10 on page 7).
  9. Rays fall to Twins, lose ground in wild-card race (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — There have been plenty of ups and downs this season for the Rays, but Tuesday night's 11-7 loss to Minnesota was about as down as it could get. Not only did Rays starter Nathan Karns have a three-inning, four-hit, five-run clunker, but they also had two starters leave the game due to injury.

    Leftfielder Desmond Jennings left after the third inning with a bruised left knee. And catcher Curt Casali exited after the fifth due to a strained left hamstring — an injury suffered on a home run trot, no less. Both will be re-evaluated today....

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) connects for a fielder's choice in the second inning of the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
  10. Rays-Twins preview

    The Heater

    Rays vs. Twins

    When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tickets: $7-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Chris Archer (11-9, 2.77) TWINS: RH Tyler Duffey (2-1, 4.60) On Archer: Pitched his third career shutout Thursday at Houston. Struck out 11 against the Astros and became the first Rays pitcher to surpass 200 strikeouts in 26 starts. Has won all four career starts against the Twins (4-0, 0.74 ERA, 241/3 IP)....

    FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 3:  Tyler Duffey #71 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a photo on March 3, 2015 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
  11. Rays' James Loney suspended, fined for umpire confrontation

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays 1B James Loney was not in a talking mood prior to Tuesday's game against the Twins, but he was in the starting lineup.

    Loney was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount Tuesday for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert during a confrontation after being ejected from Saturday night's game in Oakland. Loney is appealing the suspension, which makes him eligible to play until the appeals process is complete....

    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 22:  James Loney #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays argues with home plate umpire Paul Nauert #39 after Nauert threw Loney out of the game against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the six inning at O.co Coliseum on August 22, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) 538591565
  12. Loney silent on suspension

    Blog

    Rays first baseman James Loney was not in a talking mood prior to today’s game against the Twins, but he is in the starting lineup. Loney was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount Tuesday for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert during a confrontation after being ejected from Saturday night’s game in Oakland. Loney is appealing the suspension, which makes him eligible until the appeals process is complete....

    James Loney was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount Tuesday for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert during a confrontation after being ejected from Saturday night’s game in Oakland.
  13. For starters, Rays vs. Twins, with Karns on the mound

    Blog

    Here’s the Rays starting lineup tonight for the first of three games against the Minnesota Twins. James Loney is in the lineup while appealing his one game suspension after an ejection Saturday night.

    1. Grady Sizemore, RF

    2. Desmond Jennings, LF

    3. Evan Longoria, 3B

    4. John Jaso, DH

    5. Logan Forsythe, 2B

    6. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS

    7. James Loney, 1B...

    Nathan Karns will be on the mound for the Rays tonight.f
  14. Football: Clearwater 42, Indian Rocks Christian 14

    Footballpreps

    INDIAN ROCKS — Clearwater's goal against Indian Rocks Christian in Friday night's preseason game was to establish its running game and wear out the Golden Eagles. After a few close calls, that's what the Tornadoes did.

    Junior Adarius Lemons ran for 130 yards on 11 carries and scored on a 33-yard run and Kendrick Harvey added 93 yards on five carries and a touchdown to help the Tornadoes to a 42-14 win. Clearwater ran for 249 yards and quarterback Garrison Bryant added 155 passing yards and two touchdowns in three quarters....

  15. Rowdies owner fires coach, general manager

    Soccer

    When Bill Edwards became the Tampa Bay Rowdies' owner in 2013, he said his goal for the team was "to win every game." He wasn't kidding.

    With his team mired in a seven game slump, Edwards fired coach Thomas Rongen and general manager Farrukh Quraishi on Friday morning. The announcement came just two days after the Rowdies lost 2-0 to then-last-place Indy Eleven. In the North American Soccer League's fall season, the Rowdies have two wins, five losses and a tie....

    “We had a difference of opinion,” owner Bill Edwards says of GM Farrukh Quraishi, left, and Thomas Rongen, right.