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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. Volleyball teams around Tampa Bay are in action for districts this week.
    The Panthers beat the Wildcats for the second time in as many weeks and will host Palm Harbor University in Thursday’s district final.
  2. River Ridge sophomore quarterback Trenton Hawks gives a big hug to senior Anthony Roussos moments after Roussos scored a go-ahead touchdown against Mitchell earlier this season.
    A postseason football berth is again on the line when these teams meet on Friday.
  3. Clearwater Central Catholic celebrates a point during a five-set district match with Northside Christian.
    The Marauders need five sets to prevail while Calvary Christian sweeps Indian Rocks Christian.
  4. The regular season was full of standout performances by volleyball teams across Tampa Bay, like Keswick Christian.
    With district play this week, these are the final stats for the regular season.
  5. Members of the Gulf High football team march during school's Homecoming parade held Oct. 8 in New Port Richey.
    The Buccaneers, with no junior varsity to fall back on, had three games remaining on their regular-season schedule.
  6. Clearwater Central Catholic junior Kylie White, left and junior Aubrey Geis are gearing up for a long postseason run.
    Not much change at the top as teams head into postseason play.
  7. Anthony Roussos enjoys his breakout game of the season on offense, scoring four touchdowns for River Ridge against Wesley Chapel.
    Sunday Morning QB: After several turbulent months, including the offseason, Tarpon Springs breaks through for first win.
  8. River Ridge has been known to bring the smoke before games. Will they also have the fire against Wesley Chapel tonight?
    What does tonight’s district slate entail? Quite a few games our staffers agree on.
  9. Sandy Cao, who transferred from Clearwater, says she likes the competitive nature of her Osceola teammates, which makes her step up her own game.
    But there’s no flying under the radar for the Warriors volleyball team as a district tournament favorite.
  10. Steinbrenner sophomore Nina Moorer, left, and junior Becca Bach help provide a formidable block to any opponent.
    The Warriors head into districts as a top seed in a loaded division, which includes a recently resurgent Plant.