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.

Good luck, opponents, keeping up with Nature Coast’s Dedric Hall

Nature Coast's Dedric Hall does a little bit of everything for the Sharks, which is why they're in the second round of the playoffs. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
The junior can burn you in the running game. He’s nifty in the passing game. And if you’re not careful, he’ll pick off your quarterback, too.

Jack Nicklaus still remembers a lesson he got before the 1986 Masters

Brian McGibbon holds the five dollar bill given to him by Jack Nicklaus Rodney Page
Nicklaus, in town to support the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy, celebrates a chance encounter with a 6-year-old.

Milestone victories abound in first round of high school football playoffs

Clearwater Central Catholic’s Jordan Niles, right, hugs Calvary Christian’s Richie Ilarraza after the Marauders’ playoff win. Niles is a former Calvary player. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
Sunday Morning QB: Clearwater Central Catholic, Steinbrenner and Chamberlain are just a few of the standouts in the region quarterfinals.

Plant, Holy Names swept out of state volleyball tournament

Plant senior Birdie Frierson, here in a match earlier this postseason, says on Saturday the Panthers
Both Tampa teams sustain road losses in the state semifinals.

Clearwater Central Catholic refuses to yield ground to Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic's Jordan Niles (22) celebrates with his team as the final seconds tick off in a 49-28 win over Calvary Christian. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
Former Warrior Jordan Niles runs wild, especially in the second half, to keep CCC undefeated against its county rival.