Thursday, October 18, 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.

Jesuit senior Matthew Pittman, No. 32, leads the Tigers onto the field before a district game against Jefferso. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

HomeTeam 15: Football predictions (w/ video)

Our staffers’ predictions for our spotlight games of the week:Clearwater Central Catholic at Jesuit, 7:30Page: Jesuit 23-21Putnam: Jesuit 17-16Clearwater at Boca Ciega, 7:30...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Jesuit senior Dane Belton has been one of the leaders on a stingy Tigers defense . ( SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

Jesuit’s rebuilding project on defense is now the strength of the team

TAMPA — When Kiael Kelly transferred from Tampa Catholic to become Jesuit's quarterback over the summer, it was a huge boost to an offense that struggled through a 6-5 2017 season. The unknown for the Tigers as they looked forward to this...
Published: 10/17/18
Academy of the Holy Names lets the celebration begin seconds after sealing up a hard-fought 25-17, 15-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11 victory over Clearwater Central Catholic in a Class 5A, District 9 semifinal Tuesday night. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)

District volleyball: Holy Names moves on, Berkeley Prep bows out

CLEARWATER — Academy of the Holy Names advanced to the Class 5A, District 9 final after a thrilling 25-17, 15-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11 win over No. 2 seed Clearwater Central Catholic on Tuesday night. The win guarantees the Jaguars (18-8)...
Published: 10/16/18
Plant High's Cody Murray (4) spikes the ball against Plant City on October 1, 2018 in Tampa. (TAILYR IRVINE  | Times)

HomeTeam 15: Final volleyball power rankings

Final Fab Five1. Plant (20-1)Up next: Wednesday Class 8A, District 8 tournament semifinalLast week's spot: No. 1Why they stayed put: The lone loss of the regular season was against Oviedo in the final of the...
Published: 10/16/18
Bloomingdale receiver Terrel Ferrell hauls in a long touchdown pass, his second of the night, against district foe Tampa Bay Tech Friday night.  (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Terrel Ferrell and Mila Yarich

Terrel Ferrell, BloomingdaleFor the first six games, Ferrell did not play at peak performance.The electrifying wideout had tweaked his ankle and pulled his groin.Ferrell said he took it easy the first half of the season as...
Published: 10/15/18
Bloomingdale coach Max Warner had plenty of hugs to hand out after the Bulls defeated arch-district-rival Tampa Bay Tech 33-24 Friday night. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)

Sunday Morning Quarterback: Postseason starting to take shape

Highlights from Week 8:Team of the WeekBloomingdale: Since the football program's inception in 1987, Bloomingdale has had minimal success. There have been just four winning seasons and three playoff appearances,...
Published: 10/14/18

Football: Chamberlain 19, Hillsborough 13 (OT)

TAMPA — Penalties usually lose games. But one actually ended up winning a game for Chamberlain on Friday night. With 5:57 left in their Class 6A, District 7 game against Hillsborough, the Terriers scored to tie.Zach Long drilled the extra...
Published: 10/12/18
Colombia's Deiver Machado, left. and Kenny Saief of the U.S. fall to the Raymond James Stadium turf while going for the ball on Oct. 11, 2018. (Associated Press)

Record Tampa Bay crowd sees U.S. fall to Colombia

TAMPA — The United States brought a relatively young squad into Thursday night's exhibition match.Colombia, on the other hand, brought 12 players who played in the World Cup over the summer.Experience won out as Colombia...
Published: 10/11/18
Updated: 10/12/18
TAMPA - Hillsborough made a dramatic entrance before its game against Jefferson Friday night. But then the drama quickly took a break as the score stood 0-0 at the half. Scott Purks, Special to the Times

HomeTeam 15: Football predictions (w/ video)

Our staffers’ predictions for our spotlight games of the week:Tampa Bay Tech at Bloomingdale, 7:30Rodney Page: Bloomingdale 31-28Bob Putnam: Tampa Bay Tech 14-13Hillsborough at Chamberlain,...
Published: 10/11/18
Seattle Sounders defender Nouhou, right, battles with New York City FC defender Ben Sweat, left, for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Palm Harbor’s Ben Sweat makes national team debut in hometown

TAMPA — For those planning on following the men's U.S. national team in its exhibition match against Colombia, it might be wise to buy a program. As the American begin the long journey of trying to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, the...
Published: 10/10/18
Updated: 10/11/18