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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. Tampa Catholic senior Tony Watson, right, provided a huge spark during a 3-0 victory over Windermere Prep in a Class 3A region final Wednesday night.
  2. After a standout sophomore season, expectations are even higher for Osceloa pitcher Corey Braun.
  3. Seminole tied the score in the 68th minute of Wednesday's region final, but Naples Lely was able to get the eventual game winner immediately afterward.
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  5. With star player Janiah Barker still out of the lineup, Tampa Bay Tech is getting key contributions from multiple players.
  6. The Jesuit High bench celebrates a home run hit by BJ Graham during a scrimmage against Lake Wales on Feb. 11.
  7. The high school baseball season is in full swing starting with Monday's Steve Georgiadis Memorial Tournament at Seminole High.
  8. St. Petersburg's Alexa Goldberg, seen here from a game earlier this season, notches the final PK on Friday to send the Green Devils to the region final.
  9. Carrollwood Day holds on to beat Cambridge Christian 2-1 in the girls soccer region semifinals on Friday afternoon.
  10. Charlotte runs out to a quick lead it never relinquishes in Thursday's region quarterfinal win over East Lake.
  11. Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette walks off the field after scoring a home run against the Rays at Tropicana Field last season.
  12. Berkeley Prep's Mackenzie Tichenor helped the Bucs win state titles as a player and coach.
  13. Ices Utegg's final high school season doesn't end prematurely thanks to River Ridge rolling over higher seeds in the district tournament.
  14. The Plant girls basketball team celebrates after beating Alonso for the district championship on Friday.
  15. Jaden Harris' ball handling skills and defense set Jefferson up nicely Thursday night against Chamberlain in the district title game.
  16. Carrollwood Day and Brooks DeBartolo will square off for the first time this season in Friday's district final.
  17. Largo's A.J. Mathis, center, gets a hug from his mother, Mia McCoy, left, at Wednesday's signing day ceremony. At right are Mathis' grandmother, Betty Shaw James, and aunt, Tiffany Brown.
  18. Calvary Christian kicker Aidan Shahriari, here with Florida State football coach Mike Norvell, will be a preferred walkon at the school.
  19. From hoping his girls would maybe finish .500 to contending for a district title, Pinellas Park coach Gary Preston says "we surpassed what I thought we would be."
  20. Plant senior Kayla Sieper, right, and the rest of the Panthers had plenty to celebrate Wednesday after a 51-38 victory over Tampa Bay Tech.
  21. At St. Petersburg High, Joe Fabrizio compiled a 90-58 record.
  22. Tarpon Springs' Anabel Ellison has been the cornerstone of the Spongers' lineup since she was a freshman.
  23. Plant junior Nyla Jean helps the Panthers to a 51-38 victory over Tampa Bay Tech on Wednesday night.
  24. Pinellas Park sophomore Brianna Erickson (21), center, works to elude Clearwater Central Catholic High School's defense on Monday.