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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. PHU boys golf team wins prestigious Sebring Invitational

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    Palm Harbor University had a record setting day on the links Monday afternoon at the Sebring Invitational on the Sun-N-Lakes Turtle Run Golf Course. The Hurricanes shot a team score of 294, a school record, to win the tournament.

    Senior Matt Perenich shot a career low 2 under 70 to lead PHU.  Sophomore Alec Lambert also shot a personal best even par 72. Zack Brodersen and Billy Bennett each shot 76s to round out the scoring....

  2. Berkeley Prep tops CCC in district showdown

    Volleyball Preps

    CLEARWATER — Berkeley Prep established itself as the top team in Class 5A, District 9 Tuesday night with a four set win over Clearwater Central Catholic. After jumping to a 2-0 lead, the Bucs had to work hard before securing a 25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20 win over the Marauders.

    Berkeley Prep (11-3, 5-0) pretty much locked up the top seed in the district. Clearwater Central Catholic (11-1, 5-1) took its first loss of the season....

    Berkeley Prep players Amanda Phegley (15) and Isabella Samson (16) attempts to block Clearwater Central Catholic sophomore Sophia Simeoni (16) from hitting the ball over the net during the volleyball match between Clearwater Central Catholic High School and Berkeley Preparatory School at Clearwater Central Catholic High School on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Berkeley Preparatory won the match 3-1.
  3. HomeTeam 25: Volleyball rankings, Week 6

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    1. Plant (14-1)

    This week: Saturday vs. Lakewood Ranch

    The skinny: The Panthers are back on track after losing to Venice in the Berkeley Premier final. Kaylie Butts and Camryn Vogler have played well up front. Bailey Wilson has been the top defender at libero, and Molly Flemming has played well at setter.

    2. Clearwater Central Catholic (11-0)

    This week: Tuesday vs. Berkeley Prep, Thursday vs. St. Petersburg Catholic, Friday-Saturday at Lakeland Invitational...

    Fivay volleyball player Hailey Lake (1), poses for a portrait after winning a match against River Ridge on Wednesday, 9/14/16.
  4. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: De'Vonta Smith and Emily Gregson

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    De'Vonta Smith, Central

    It wasn't until halftime that Smith realized what was happening. He had already racked up 330 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Weeki Wachee. The Hernando County record was 444 yards, set just last year by his cousin, former Nature Coast back DeShawn Smith.

    "Coach (Chris) Sands told me we could break it in the second half," Smith said. "I didn't even know until then."...

    Keswick Christian volleyball player Emily Gregson (Courtesy of Karrmayne King)
  5. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings, Week 6

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    1. Plant (4-0)

    This week: vs. Wharton, 7:30 Friday

    Skinny: In the most anticipated matchup of the season, the Panthers drove down the field in the final two minutes for a field goal, then picked off a pass near the end zone to preserve a wild 29-27 win over Armwood. The victory snapped the Hawks' 34-game regular-season win streak that dated to 2012. That streak started after Armwood lost to Plant 20-19 in overtime. ...

    Plant quarterback Dane Frantzen runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a football game between Armwood High and Plant High at Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.
  6. Sunday morning quarterback: Rivalry games live up to hype

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    Player of the week: De'Vonta Smith, Central

    Before the season Smith said he wanted to do better than his record-setting cousin, Nature Coast alum DeShawn Smith. He took one record away from his cousin Friday night in a 63-28 win over Weeki Wachee. Smith gained 488 yards on 23 carries and scored eight touchdowns. He broke DeShawn's Hernando County single-game rushing record of 444 yards, set last season. His eight touchdowns tied a county record....

  7. Football: East Lake 38, Tarpon Springs 0

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    TARPON SPRINGS — The way Tarpon Springs coach George Kotis had it figured, if everything went his team's way, and the Spongers got a little luck, then they might have a chance against rival East Lake Friday night. Instead, not much went Tarpon Springs' way in a 38-0 home loss.

    East Lake quarterback Tyler Rupe threw two touchdown passes and Bryce Miller scored both as a receiver and a kick returner in a game that used a running clock in the fourth quarter. The Eagles held the Spongers to 67 total yards of offense. For East Lake's defense, it was their second straight shutout. St. Petersburg's only score last week came on a punt return....

  8. Gaither coach Jason Stokes sidelined while under investigation

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    Gaither football coach Jason Stokes is being investigated for allegations of rules violations, according to Hillsborough County Public Schools spokesperson Tanya Arja.

    Stokes will not be allowed in the classroom or on the football field while the investigation is ongoing. Gaither principal Thomas Morrill said in an email that Stokes has been placed on "professional duty," but offered no other details on his suspension or what rules were violated. Morrill said the interim coach will be Brian Delvalle. He did not give a timeframe for the investigation. ...

    Jason Stokes has been the head coach at Gaither since 2011.
  9. Armwood limps into rivalry with Plant

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    Sean Callahan is in his 27th season as Armwood coach. He has seen the football rivalry against Plant grow from just another game to the game of the season in Hillsborough County.

    "My first victory against them was against (former Plant coach) Roland Acosta (10-0 in 1990) and there were maybe 100 people at the game," Callahan said.

    There have been big wins and heartbreaking losses, like the last time Armwood lost to Plant in the regular season, 20-19 in overtime in 2012. But Callahan said he can't remember a time when his team has been so beaten up prior to a Plant game. ...

    Receiver Warren Thompson won’t play tonight after being ejected last week.
  10. Football picks, Week 5

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    Friday

    Clearwater Central Catholic at Tampa Catholic, 7

    Rodney Page: CCC 31-21

    Bob Putnam: CCC 17-14

    Cambridge Christian at Holy Trinity Episcopal, 7

    Page: Cambridge Christian 45-21

    Putnam: Cambridge Christian 56-14

    Triumph Christian at Keswick Christian, 7

    Page: Triumph Christian 14-10...

    It's rivalry week for a lot of teams this Friday, so bring on the grudge matches.
  11. Arizona-bound Kiana Chew stays focused on Palm Harbor basketball

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    When Kiana Chew verbally committed to play basketball at Arizona last month, it seemed odd that someone from Palm Harbor University High would want to be so far from home. But dig a little deeper and her decision makes more sense.

    She is already thousands of miles from home.

    Chew, a 6-foot-3 senior center for the Hurricanes, was born in Bavaria, Germany. She moved to Nashville in her middle school years when her mother, Nadine Dixon, got a civilian job with the Army. Fluent in both German and English, Chew briefly returned to Germany to play in a Division II women's basketball league as an amateur....

    Born in Bavaria, Kiana Chew is fluent in German and English.
  12. PHU sweeps St. Petersburg in 8A-10 showdown

    Volleyball Preps

    ST. PETERSBURG — If Tuesday night's match is any indication, teams are playing for second place in Class 8A, District 10. Palm Harbor University swept past district foe St. Petersburg 25-11, 25-14, 25-19 to improve to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the district.

    The loss snapped an 11-match win streak for the Green Devils (11-2, 3-2). Both losses have come against district opponents, including the opener against East Lake....

  13. New Armwood QB Devin Black ready to make mark on Plant rivalry

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    SEFFNER — If there was one piece of the puzzle missing from Armwood's already solid team, it was a true quarterback.

    Darrian McNeal quarterbacked the Hawks as a junior and led them all the way to the Class 6A state final. But McNeal is better at catching passes than throwing them.

    Enter Devin Black.

    Last year, as a sophomore, Black threw for 1,826 yards and 11 touchdowns as the starting quarterback at Lennard. He was with Lennard during the spring jamboree, but afterward transferred to Armwood. ...

    Devin Black is still developing chemistry with his new team and coach Sean Callahan.
  14. HomeTeam 25: Volleyball rankings, Week 5

    Volleyball Preps

    1. Plant (11-1)

    This week: Wednesday at Gaither

    The skinny: The Panthers went 4-1 at the Berkeley Premier tournament last week, better than any local team. They lost in straight sets to Venice in the final, their first loss of the season. Only one district match against Gaither this week, so the Panthers can rest up from a busy weekend.

    2. Clearwater Central Catholic (10-0)...

    Plant's Camryn Vogler (left) and Kaylie Butts often had plenty to celebrate during the Berkeley Premier Volleyball tournament, including this winning point during Saturday's championship match against Venice. The Panthers, however, ended up losing to Venice, 25-16, 26-24, 26-24 and finishing second overall. Taken 9-17-16 by Scott Purks
  15. Canterbury postpones Friday football game at Bell Creek Academy

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    Canterbury has decided to postpone its football game this Friday at Bell Creek Academy due to a lack of available players, according to coach Bill Jones. Jones said  there are only 14 players available to dress. One of the players out this week is starting quarterback Iy'rese Scott, who has 433 passing yards and 293 rushing yards for the 2-1 Crusaders.

    Jones said the hope is to reschedule the game during Canterbury's bye week, which is Oct. 14. Bell Creek plays Fort Myers Canterbury on Oct. 14. The game could be played earlier in the week or after Canterbury's final game of the season, which is Oct. 21....