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.

Plant-Armwood heads up must-see events this week

Plant quarterback Tucker Gleason, right, makes the throw under pressure during last year's matchup with Armwood. (Times, 2018)
HomeTeam Hot List: Defending state volleyball champ Shorecrest is also in action.

Flag on the pay: Cost of officiating high school games

Mike Croker signals a good field goal kick during a training scrimmage at Clearwater Central Catholic this past Friday night. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
The pay for officials has been a hot topic with one state association essentially banned after threatening to boycott games.

Postseason longevity a priority for Calvary Christian

Calvary Christian varsity quarterback Harold Cook, center, hands the ball off to running back Kai Martin during a summer workout. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Getting bounced by Berkeley Prep still stings, but the Warriors think they’re built for more this season.

Pinellas Park running back Lawrance Toafili commits to Florida State

Pinellas Park running back Lawrance Toafili runs the ball during the second quarter against Palmetto Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 in Largo. [ CHRIS URSO ]   Times
The four-star recruit joins Largo linebacker Jayion McCluster as a future Seminole.

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays’ 4-3 loss to Blue Jays

The Rays' Tommy Pham exits after striking out with two outs and the tying run on first in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Choi and Pham struggle at top; rooke McKay could’ve used some offense; don’t be fooled by upcoming opponents’ records