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.

Timely hitting, solid pitching allows Hernando to beat Springstead again

Hernando pitcher Marrick Aske (49) pitches during the first inning against Springstead on Wednesday in Brooksville. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
The Leopards break a tie in the fifth inning and hang on for a 3-2 victory.

Dig this: Beach volleyball gains popularity locally (no ocean needed)

Jewel Lester of Indian Rocks Christian goes up to hit a return vs. Cambridge Christian during a beach volleyball tournament at Bishop McLaughlin. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Bishop McLaughlin, with 10 courts on campus, leads the high school movement to make the sport sanctioned.

Calvary Christian jumps on Jesuit early in 12-2 win

The Warriors score eight runs in the first two innings and never look back.

Turf field the target of Hernando High

Hernando High hopes to eventually install a turf football field, which would be renamed Jerome Brown Field. (Illustration courtesy of Mark Lee)
The Leopards also have started the Jerome Brown Project, with an aim to eventually name the field after the football great.

HomeTeam 15: Baseball rankings for Tampa Bay

Mitchell High School's Jay King attends a team practice. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Not much change at the top with two weeks left in the regular season.