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.

Heart of Dunedin baseball returns to the fold

Tyler Nolan hangs out in the dugout during a game on April 16 at Countryside High. Nolan made his return to the team on Tuesday night after recent surgery to remove a brain tumor. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Tyler Nolan, an assistant manager with the team, recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor. “He’s always with us. We love Tyler.”

Sweet 16? Ryan Davis likely to become latest NFL draft pick from Lakewood

Auburn wide receiver Ryan Davis runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Pinellas County’s all-time leading passer set receiving records at Auburn and is projected to be a late-round pick.

Pair of Millers help pitch Mitchell to unbeaten season

Mitchell junior Jackson Miller is the ace on the staff with a 6-0 record, 0.74 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
The Mustangs are 18-0 with seven games remaining in the regular season, thanks to steady pitching and steady bats.

Eight months later, fire-damaged Lakewood gym still closed

Jalen White and Lakewood advanced to the Class 6A state tournament in March, despite the fact that the Spartans played every game on the road after a fire closed their gym before the season. Many months later, the gym is still unusable. (LUIS SANTANA | Times)
Both basketball teams played their entire seasons on the road, and now offseason conditioning and summer camps on campus are likely out this school year.

HomeTeam 15: Baseball rankings for Tampa Bay

Mitchell High School's Chase Morris, center, scrambles away from team mate, second baseman Zach Crawford, while attending a team practice on Monday (4/15/19) at the school in New Port Richey. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
Mitchell and East Lake remain undefeated as district play winds down.