Friday, July 20, 2018

Writers

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.



Brittany Lincicome competes in the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Silas Walker/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome shoots 78 in PGA Tour debut

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome survived her first round on the PGA Tour at the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky., on Thursday, and she can't wait to do it again Friday.Though Lincicome shot 6-over 78 and will likely miss the cut...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Brittany Lincicome at the Pasadena Country Club in Gulfport, July 5, 2018. (MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times)

Golfing with the guys is nothing new for Brittany Lincicome

GULFPORT — Brittany Lincicome is a bit uncomfortable. It's not the scorching heat on this particular morning at Pasadena Country Club. And it's not the humidity.It's the pants.They arrived in the mail a few days earlier and...
Published: 07/17/18
Nature Coast's J.P. Gates (10) pitches against Bolles during the state final four.  (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay baseball team

North Suncoast Player of the Year: J.P. Gates, Sr., Nature CoastGates changes games. Even when he was not pitching, he was still in the middle of the lineup and playing first base. He was pitched to carefully but...
Published: 07/17/18
Fivay's Gunnar Hoglund, our all-North Suncoast Pitcher of the Year.  [ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times]

Tampa Bay Times’ all-North Suncoast baseball team

Player of the Year: J.P. Gates, Sr., Nature CoastPitcher of the Year: Gunnar Hoglund, Sr., FivayCoach of the Year: Frank Vitale, Nature CoastIn his fourth season as Sharks head...
Published: 07/16/18
Alonso's Franco Aleman, our all-Hillsborough County Pitcher of the Year.  (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Hillsborough County baseball team

Player of the Year: Connor Scott, Sr., PlantPitcher of the Year: Franco Aleman, Sr., AlonsoCoach of the Year: J.J. Pizzio, LetoPizzio led the Falcons to their first state...
Published: 07/16/18
Calvary Christian's Matheu Nelson, our all-Pinellas County Player of the Year.  (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County baseball team

Player of the Year: Matheu Nelson, Sr., Calvary ChristianPitcher of the Year: Nolan Hudi, Jr., Calvary ChristianCoach of the Year: Greg Olsen, Calvary ChristianAfter a perfect...
Published: 07/16/18
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesTampa Bay Rays center fielder Mallex Smith (0) gets doused by shortstop Willy Adames (1) and pitcher Chris Archer during a post game interview after the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Houston Astros on July 1, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 3 to 2.

Rays journal: No place like home during winning roll

ST. PETERSBURG — This was supposed to be a June swoon for the Rays. Coming off a 2-5 road trip, they faced the daunting task of hosting the Yankees, Nationals and Astros, three of the game's top teams.Instead, Tampa Bay...
Updated one month ago
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesFans cheer after catching the home run from Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (11) during the seventh inning of the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Houston Astros on July 1, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Rays use late rally to go 8-1 on homestand against Yankees, Nationals, Astros

ST. PETERSBURG – Throughout this nine-game homestand, the Rays have found ways to frustrate three of the best teams in baseball. This time it was the Astros who left Tropicana Field wondering what the heck just happened.Tampa...
Updated one month ago
Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith laughs in the dugout after his home run in the eighth inning against the Astros on Sunday, July 1, 2018. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Astros game

Mallex Smith doesn't hit many home runs. He only has had one since July of last season. But it sure was a big one Sunday. His two-out solo homer in the eighth gave the Rays much-needed insurance in their 3-2...
Updated one month ago
Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier steals second base during the fourth inning against the Astros on June 29, 2018. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)

Rays journal: Kiermaier’s glove has been missed

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays certainly missed CF Kevin Kiermaier when he was forced to the disabled list in mid-April with a right thumb injury. His bat at the top of the lineup is one reason, but even bigger is his play in the...
Updated one month ago