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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. Carrollwood Day sophomore Milahnie Perry controls the tempo in a 74-36 victory over Tampa Prep in a Class 3A region quarterfinal.
  2. BJ Graham and Jesuit are already off to a strong start, as was expected of the nation's top high school program.
  3. Two-time defending Valspar champion Paul Casey, center, visits with former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber, right, after completing media interviews at the Copperhead Clubhouse on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Palm Harbor. Casey became the first back-to-back winner in the 19 years of the Valspar Championship. This year's tournament will be played March 19-22 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor.
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  5. Bill Thornton keeps score at the scorers table between the two benches during a recent Eckerd College women's basketball game.
  6. Shorecrest coach Jason Montoya, seen here in a previous playoff match, was happy with how his team played in Saturday's state semifinal.
  7. Coach Karrmayne King hugs Keswick Christian player Marissa McCauley after the Crusaders soundly defeat Hernando Christian to advance to state.
  8. Tampa Catholic senior Tony Watson, right, provided a huge spark during a 3-0 victory over Windermere Prep in a Class 3A region final Wednesday night.
  9. After a standout sophomore season, expectations are even higher for Osceloa pitcher Corey Braun.
  10. Seminole tied the score in the 68th minute of Wednesday's region final, but Naples Lely was able to get the eventual game winner immediately afterward.
  11. With star player Janiah Barker still out of the lineup, Tampa Bay Tech is getting key contributions from multiple players.
  12. The Jesuit High bench celebrates a home run hit by BJ Graham during a scrimmage against Lake Wales on Feb. 11.
  13. The high school baseball season is in full swing starting with Monday's Steve Georgiadis Memorial Tournament at Seminole High.
  14. St. Petersburg's Alexa Goldberg, seen here from a game earlier this season, notches the final PK on Friday to send the Green Devils to the region final.
  15. Carrollwood Day holds on to beat Cambridge Christian 2-1 in the girls soccer region semifinals on Friday afternoon.
  16. Charlotte runs out to a quick lead it never relinquishes in Thursday's region quarterfinal win over East Lake.
  17. Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette walks off the field after scoring a home run against the Rays at Tropicana Field last season.
  18. Berkeley Prep's Mackenzie Tichenor helped the Bucs win state titles as a player and coach.
  19. Ices Utegg's final high school season doesn't end prematurely thanks to River Ridge rolling over higher seeds in the district tournament.
  20. The Plant girls basketball team celebrates after beating Alonso for the district championship on Friday.
  21. Jaden Harris' ball handling skills and defense set Jefferson up nicely Thursday night against Chamberlain in the district title game.
  22. Carrollwood Day and Brooks DeBartolo will square off for the first time this season in Friday's district final.
  23. Largo's A.J. Mathis, center, gets a hug from his mother, Mia McCoy, left, at Wednesday's signing day ceremony. At right are Mathis' grandmother, Betty Shaw James, and aunt, Tiffany Brown.
  24. Calvary Christian kicker Aidan Shahriari, here with Florida State football coach Mike Norvell, will be a preferred walkon at the school.