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.

Seffner Christian dispatches another district foe

The real test likely comes Thursday against Carrollwood Day.

Carrollwood Day bounces back in second half

But Brooks DeBartolo puts an early scare in the 17-1 Patriots.

New district soccer format has some coaches skeptical

Seminole senior Tanner Zellmer battles for a ball with Bloomingdale junior Taber Pierce during first-round action of the annual Tampa Bay Invitational Thursday night at Ed Radice Park. (Scott Purks | Special to the Times)
Tournaments are spread over two weeks this season, which will take some getting used to for many teams.

Largo’s on a mission as soccer districts approach

Dunedin senior Isabelle Whitehead battles for a ball with Largo sophomore Asti Luff during a match between unbeaten teams last week. The match ended in a 1-1 tie wtih Luff scoring one of the goals. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Can the Packer girls match, or possibly exceed, last year's playoff results?

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Olivia Jones and Caleb Rogers

Clearwater point guard Olivia Jones makes sure the offense stays on track, and the Tornadoes' stellar record attests to her talent.
One makes the Clearwater girls basketball team's offense hum; the other is among the state's top goal leaders.