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. Steinbrenner's Austin Brannen pounces on a fumble by Hillsborough's Demarion Hopkins. The Terriers had a hard time holding onto the ball Friday night.
    The Terriers finish with nine turnovers, and the Warriors certainly take advantage of the miscues.
  2. quarterback Greg Spann II (No. 1) and Lakewood take on Braden River at home tonight.
    One of our staff writers thinks Lakewood’s shutout streak ends tonight.
  3. When former Armwood coaching legend Sean Callahan talks, coaches and players listen. Yes, Callahan is back on the field, with his periodic loud vocals, but this time he is helping as an assistant for Lakewood.
    The former Armwood head coach cracks the whip when it comes to organization, and the Spartans are among the hottest teams in Tampa Bay this season.
  4. Carrollwood Day's Haley Brown leads Tampa Bay in kills with 167.
    Players from Carrollwood Day, Calvary Christian, Central and Berkeley Prep claim top spots.
  5. Alexandra Postlethwaite helps dish out the assists for Bishop McLaughlin.
    Not much change at the top, but plenty of movement in the lower half of this week’s rankings
  6. Clearwater Academy International's Ajou Ajou makes a reception while working through a passing drill in April. CAI faces American Collegiate on Friday.
    One of the area’s top volleyball tournaments, the Berkeley Premier, also starts this weekend.
  7. The Pinellas Park Patriots take to the field moments after the end of the fourth quarter against Mitchell on Friday night. The Patriots won 29-19.
    PSA to opposing offenses facing Lakewood this season: Good night and good luck.
  8. Pinellas Park's Lawrance Toafili (2) works his way through the Mitchell defense during the second quarter.
    The Patriots get a fourth-quarter defensive stop to win their first Class 7A, District 9 game.
  9. The Middleton Tigers prepare to take the field against the Sickles Gryphons on Monday. For many teams, it's a short week thanks to weather delays.
    The local Class 2A showdown between Admiral Farragut and Cambridge Christian has our staffers split.
  10. Osceola and St. Petersburg proved why they are among the top teams in Pinellas County this season.
    The Warriors defeat the Green Devils 3-1 for their fifth straight win this season.