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.

MLB Draft Day 3 wrap up: Felipe Franks, Halladay’s son highlight interesting picks

Calvary Christian starter Braden Halladay delivers a pitch during first-inning action of the 2018 Class 4A state final against Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian. Halladay was taken in the 32nd round of the MLB draft by the Blue Jays. {Scott Purks, Times]
UT, Eckerd and Hillsborough prep players also add local flavor to last day of baseball’s selection process

Christian Cairo was going to be an LSU Tiger, until he wasn’t

Calvary Christian's Christian Cairo (2) runs to third base during the Class 4A semifinal in Fort Myers. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
The former Calvary Christian SS was in Baton Rouge ready to start conditioning when he got a phone call

Calvary Christian shortstop Christian Cairo drafted in fourth round by Cleveland Indians

Calvary Christian's Christian Cairo (2) runs to third base during the Class 4A semifinal in Fort Myers. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
The four-year starter also has an offer from LSU.

Draft notebook: Dylan Eskew’s arm attracts potential MLB suitors

Sickles' Dylan Eskew is likely Tampa Bay's best shot at a high draft pick out of high school this year. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
The versatile Sickles player will focus on pitching, whether it’s in college at Miami or as a pro.

State baseball: Jesuit tops Dunedin to nab fifth championship

Moments after Jesuit seals up a 4-3 victory over Dunedin on Saturday to win the Class 6A state title, the Tigers hoist the trophy. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
The Tigers cap a successful Tampa Bay run in Fort Myers, joining Calvary Christian and Plant City as champions this year.