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.

Football: Nature Coast 32, East Lake 25

Nature Coast receiver Cai Teague hauls in a 23-yard touchdown pass to put the Sharks up 13-7 over East Lake in first-half action. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
Big plays bail out the Sharks, who trade scores with the Eagles much of the night.

St. Petersburg impresses in season opener vs. defending state champ Shorecrest

St. Petersburg's Madelyn Davis (12) jumps to block the ball during a match against Shorecrest on Thursday. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
The Green Devils sweep the Chargers, who must replace key players

District of champions? Something’s got to give in this three-county division

Pinellas Park players take the field last season against East Lake. TAILYR IRVINE  |  Times
Pinellas Park, East Lake, Mitchell, Sunlake and Sickles regularly win districts and/or make the playoffs. Now they’re all competing for the same title.

High school football predictions, Week 1

Plant senior Tucker Gleason leads the Panthers onto the field before the preseason game against Venice Friday night. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
Opening week is finally upon us. Staff writers Rodney Page and Bob Putnam try a little pigskin prognostication.

Zephyrhills moves to the next quarterback in the queue

Quarterback TJ Jackson rests before running a play during a Zephyrhllis practice on Aug. 1 ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times Tampa Bay Times
TJ Jackson may not have planned to start last Friday’s preseason win, but he definitely proved his worth under center.