Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

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.

Zephyrhills High has never been past the second round of the football playoffs. The Bulldogs hope to change that Friday night at home.  (MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times)

Pasco County’s playoff football honor falls to two Zephyrhills programs

In the first round of the high school football playoffs, both teams from Zephyrhills made a statement. Zephyrhills High defeated Crystal River 35-0, in Class 5A while Zephyrhills Christian Academy defeated Gainesville St. Francis Catholic 55-0...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Zephyrhills Christian’s Kavbion Marbra is one interception from the Pasco County record.  (Courtesy of Zephyrhills Christian)

Sunday Morning Quarterback: Playoff performances to remember from Round 1

Highlights from the first round of the playoffs:Player of the WeekKavbion Marbra, Zephyrhills Christian: It was a good night for area defensive backs. Armwood picked off three passes, returning all three for...
Published: 11/11/18

State volleyball: Shorecrest advances to first final in 23 years

ST. PETERSBURG — Shorecrest has played well all season, but the Chargers clearly saved their best volleyball for the postseason.After defeating district rival Calvary Christian in the Class 4A region final more than a week...
Published: 11/10/18
Bishop McLaughlin's Adrianna Lopez leads the team with 414 kills this season. (ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times)

Four local volleyball teams left to vie for state final spots

Games Saturday at 2 p.m.Class 8A: Tallahassee Leon (27-3) at Plant (26-1)Up next: Winner plays Venice/Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas winner  on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Fort Myers for the state...
Published: 11/09/18
CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Pinellas Park's Rico Holmes sits along the edge of the track during the final minutes of Pinellas Parks 38-21 loss to Palmetto Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 in Largo.

Class 7A-3 football: Palmetto 38, Pinellas Park 21

PINELLAS PARK — It was the kind of postgame speech Pinellas Park coach Kenny Crawford didn’t expect to make. But after the Patriots’ 38-21 loss to Palmetto in the first round of the Class 7A region playoffs, he had to talk to his team about offseason...
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/10/18
Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts hopes he'll be giving this signal over and over again Friday night. But the opponent it tough. TBT matches up again with defending state champ Venice. (SCOTT PURKS | Times)

No room for run-of-the-mill teams in this region

Welcome to Class 7A, Region 3, where Pinellas Park, Plant City, Bloomingdale and Tampa Bay Tech dwell. Also known as the region with the highest winning percentage in the state.
Published: 11/08/18
Are you ready for some football? The first round of playoffs kicks off Friday night. (SCOTT PURKS | Times)

Playoff predictions for the region quarterfinals (w/ video)

Our staffers’ predictions for Friday’s region quarterfinals. All games start at 7:30 p.m.Class 7AWiregrass Ranch at LakelandRodney Page: Lakeland 54-8Bob Putnam: Lakeland...
Published: 11/08/18
Plant's Harrison Harper posts the second-best score for the Panthers at state. (BRONTE WITTPENN | Times)

State golf: Area players, teams shut out of top spots

Tampa Bay golf teams and individuals had a rough two days at the Class 3A state tournament at the Mission Inn and Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills.The Plant boys team finished highest among area teams, 10th overall. The Panthers had a...
Published: 11/07/18
Clearwater quarterback Rent Montie throws during the first half against Boca Ciega. (TAILYR IRVINE | Times)

These football playoffs are full of record setters

Rent Montie's fourth grade English teacher raved about his writing ability.There was just one request."(The teacher) asked my wife and I if Rent could stop writing about football," said Rob Montie, his father.The sport has...
Published: 11/07/18

Region volleyball: Fivay’s postseason run ends short of state

NEW PORT RICHEY — Fivay saved its best volleyball for the postseason, but even its best wasn't good enough against Alachua Santa Fe on Tuesday night. The Raiders, backed by 18 kills from Heather Pedrick and 10 from Rylie Tam, cruised past...
Published: 11/06/18