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Rodney Page - Preps Reporter

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.

  1. John Astrab, 37, of Clearwater chips onto the 18th hole of the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook on Monday in Palm Harbor. With the Valspar Tournament shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, golfers had the unique opportunity to play on a PGA Tour-ready course.
  2. Spring break in Hillsborough County usually involves plenty of pop at the plate. But the Saladino Tournament, which included Jesuit in the field this year, won't be happening next week.
  3. Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters last April in Augusta, Ga. Will golf's premier event even be played this year?
  4. Paul Casey won't have a chance at winning his third straight Valspar Championship.
  5. Mitchell catcher Jackson Miller is as good behind the plate as he is swinging the bat, and he's been known to take a turn on the mound if needed.
  6. Moments after scoring a run, Jace Stines, left, gets a high-five from Jarod Wingo, who also earned the complete-game 4-1 victory on the mound, as Plant City captured last year's Saladino title.
  7. Tiger Woods uses an iron to approach the first green after his drive drifted left of the fairway while playing the Copperhead Course on March 10, 2018, during the third round of the Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor.
  8. Mitchell senior Kyle Murphy does a little jig after ripping a long double during a 3-1 victory over East Lake last week.
  9. Mitchell sophomore Zach Crawford gets greeted with congrats after scoring in the fifth inning of a 3-1 victory over East Lake on Friday night.
  10. Berkeley Prep junior Andrew DiMisa steals a base and later scores on a single in the second inning during a 5-4 victory over visiting Calvary Christian.
  11. Tampa Bay Rowdies' Evan Louro. Orlando City Soccer vs Tampa Bay Rowdies, Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida - 12th February 2020  (Photographer: Nigel G Worrall | Tampa Bay Rowdies)
  12. Bennett Lee and the bulk of the Jesuit lineup have already had plenty of pop at the plate this season.
  13. Paul Casey tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament last March. The tournament will move to late April beginning in 2021.
  14. Plant junior Nyla Jean pulls up for a layup during the second quarter of Saturday night's Class 7A state final in Lakeland.
  15. Ceniya King, Rylee Texter, Keyarra Henderson, Leah Barnes and Leighann Hanley of Carrollwood Day celebrate after winning the Class 3A title.
  16. Plant forward Kayla Sieper (10) grabs the rebound over Palm Beach Lakes guard Mia Jones (30) during the second half at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.
  17. Tampa Catholic's Xavier Floyd, left, and goalkeeper Charlie Gembarowski are in the foreground as Fort Lauderdale University players celebrate their Class 3A championship at Spec Martin Stadium in Deland.
  18. Shorecrest Prep senior Asher Rovin, who missed most of the regular season after sustaining a concussion, strikes the ball past Tallahassee Maclay's Broedy Poppell (21) in the first half at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand on Thursday.
  19. Plant junior Nyla Jean not only averages double digits in scoring, but she has a knack for stealing the ball from opponents.
  20. Carrollwood Day’s Milahnie Perry scores 14 points to lead the Patriots, who get a balanced effort in the Class 3A state semifinals.
  21. Points were hard to come by in the first half for forward Jakara Akins, left, and Keswick Christian, which trailed Florida A&M 22-16 at the half of a Class 2A state semifinal Wednesday afternoon.
  22. Carrollwood Day sophomore Milahnie Perry controls the tempo in a 74-36 victory over Tampa Prep in a Class 3A region quarterfinal.
  23. BJ Graham and Jesuit are already off to a strong start, as was expected of the nation's top high school program.