Rodney Page, Preps Reporter

Rodney Page

Preps Reporter

I was born in Iowa City, Iowa but moved to Florida when I was three, which technically makes me a Floridian. I grew up in Pinellas Park and Clearwater and attended Pinellas Park High School. The son of a physical education teacher and avid sports fan, I tried just about everything as a kid. I played golf, racquetball, tennis, fished, water skied and even played middle school football until I got hit trying to make a catch. That doesn’t happen in baseball, so I took that up full time. After graduating from Florida State and working in North Carolina for three years, I ended up back in St. Petersburg and started working part-time for the Times. I've been there ever since. I've worked as an editorial assistant, covered preps, written local feature stories, covered golf (and helped create a local golf website), outdoors, soccer, tennis and helped when needed with our local professional teams. In short, I've tried to be the utility infielder on a very talented team. I'm also the father of two kids who ended up playing soccer, but I’m still not sure what offsides is.

Tampa Bay Timesí all-Pinellas County baseball

Calvary Christian's Nolan Hudi (34) pitches in the bottom of the first inning against of the Class 4A state semifinal. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
State champion Calvary Christian and state runnerup Dunedin usher in this yearís list of top players.

Area pair sweeps Florida Dairy Farmersí Mr. Baseball, Miss Softball

Plant City starter Parker Messick had a two-hit shutout heading into the seventh inning of a Class 8A state semifinal against Hollywood McArthur. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Plant Cityís Parker Messick and Academy at the Lakesí Lexi Kilfoyl are the state players of the year, with the Raidersí Mike Fryrear snagging coach honors.

MLB Draft Day 3 wrap up: Felipe Franks, Halladayís son highlight interesting picks

Calvary Christian starter Braden Halladay delivers a pitch during first-inning action of the 2018 Class 4A state final against Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian. Halladay was taken in the 32nd round of the MLB draft by the Blue Jays. {Scott Purks, Times]
UT, Eckerd and Hillsborough prep players also add local flavor to last day of baseballís selection process

Christian Cairo was going to be an LSU Tiger, until he wasnít

Calvary Christian's Christian Cairo (2) runs to third base during the Class 4A semifinal in Fort Myers. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
The former Calvary Christian SS was in Baton Rouge ready to start conditioning when he got a phone call

Calvary Christian shortstop Christian Cairo drafted in fourth round by Cleveland Indians

Calvary Christian's Christian Cairo (2) runs to third base during the Class 4A semifinal in Fort Myers. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
The four-year starter also has an offer from LSU.