Tuesday, April 24, 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.

Carrollwood Day School senior Gabe Partridge leads the Patriots on the mound with a 7-0 record, .89 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 39.1 innings through 19 games this season. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)

HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for Tampa Bay

1. Calvary Christian (23-0)This week: Today at Jesuit, Friday vs. St. PetersburgThe buzz: The Warriors are ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today. The win streak is now 53...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Academy of the Lakes Wildcats shortstop Brooke Blankenship scoops up a groundball while playing in the Lady 'Canes Spring Classic in March. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Brooke Blankenship and Luca Tresh

Brooke Blankenship, Academy at the LakesAcademy at the Lakes knew it would be difficult to manufacture runs during last week's anticipated matchup with Land O'Lakes and Gators ace Callie Turner.So the Wildcats decided to steal...
Published: 04/23/18
Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

DUNEDIN — After losing a four-run lead thanks to a bad sixth inning, it would have been easy for Clearwater Central Catholic to fold against Dunedin in the final of the 49th annual Dunedin Spring Tournament. But quality relief pitching from...
Published: 04/20/18
HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for Tampa Bay

HomeTeam 25: Baseball rankings for Tampa Bay

1. Calvary Christian (20-0)This week: Today vs. Venice, Thursday at Berkeley Prep, Friday at ManateeThe buzz: The Warriors won their third extra inning game this season on Friday, 5-4 in...
Published: 04/17/18
Longtime Hernando High coach Tim Sims, left covered in Silly String, talks to the baseball team after notching his 400th win as Leopards coach. (Courtesy of Kim Lashley)

400 wins and counting for Hernando baseball coach Tim Sims

Tim Sims never thought he would be a high school baseball coach."It's kind of ironic," he said. "When I was playing in junior college and college the last thing I ever thought I would be is a coach. I was pretty hard on coaches as a...
Published: 04/17/18
Fivay baseball player Tyler Derner, our HomeTeam Hot Shot of the week.

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Tyler Derner and Dianisty Bolden

Tyler Derner, FivayDerner, a 6-foot-5 senior outfielder, is one of many players having a good offensive season for the Falcons. Statistically, he's not the best hitter on the team, although his .396 average isn't too shabby.
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18
USF quarterback Brett Kean drops back for a pass in the third quarter during the spring game at  Corbett Stadium. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Takeaways from the USF football spring game

TAMPA – A few takeaways from Saturday's USF spring game, which was played on campus at Corbett Stadium in front of 3,452 sun-soaked fans. The controlled scrimmage used a running clock and awarded extra points for big plays and first downs...
Published: 04/14/18

Calvary Christian makes it 50 straight after edging Carrollwood Day

TAMPA — Calvary Christian made it 50 straight wins Friday night after a thrilling 5-4 victory in eight innings over Carrollwood Day. Throughout the streak, which started on Feb. 21, 2016, with a 6-0 win over Largo, there has been a whole lot of...
Published: 04/13/18

Jefferson beats Jesuit, creates logjam atop Class 6A, District 8

TAMPA — Thanks to Jefferson's 6-2 win at Jesuit on Thursday night, Class 6A, District 8 will likely end the regular season with a three-way tie.Robinson, Jefferson and Jesuit all have two losses in the district. The Knights and Dragons...
Published: 04/12/18
Jack Nicklaus shakes hands with Graham Holt, 13, from First Tee of Tampa Bay, on April 12, 2018 at Rogers Park Golf Course in Tampa, Fla. Nicklaus sat down for a Q & A after giving the kids some pointers. (Monica Herndon, Times)

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus offers pointers to next generation at First Tee of Tampa Bay

TAMPA — Members of the First Tee of Tampa Bay had a homework assignment prior to Thursday's practice:Not familiar with Jack Nicklaus? Well, brush up on golf's greatest player because he was was coming to meet them.Nicklaus, who won...
Published: 04/12/18