Friday, July 20, 2018


Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Bob Putnam has covered high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times as a staff writer since 1996. He is a fourth-generation Floridian who graduated from Dixie Hollins High School and wrote for the student newspapers at St. Petersburg College and USF. He has covered the high school careers of football stars Riley Cooper (CCC/Florida/Philadelphia Eagles), Dante Fowler (Lakewood/Florida/Jacksonville Jaguars), Leonard Johnson (Largo/Iowa State/Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Dexter McCluster (Largo, Mississippi/Tennessee Titans), among others.

Nick DiMaggio was the athletic director at Tampa Catholic for 36 years until retiring in 2002. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

Longtime Tampa Catholic athletic director Nick DiMaggio dies

Nick DiMaggio, the longtime athletic director at Tampa Catholic who was a fixture at the school's sporting events for more than 50 years, died Wednesday (July 18, 2018) from complications related to a stroke. He was 86."Nick was an icon,...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Plant City's Ashley Blessin is our all-Hillsborough County Pitcher of the Year. (CHRIS URSO | Times)

Tampa Bay Timesí all-Tampa Bay softball team

Hillsborough Pitcher of the Year: Ashley Blessin, Jr., Plant CityUsing her vast arsenal of pitches, Blessin went 21-6 with a 0.90 ERA and had 245 strikeouts in 162.2 innings pitched for the Class 8A, District 6...
Published: 07/19/18
Palm Harbor University's Faith Allen is our Pinellas County Player of the Year. (Special to the Times)

Tampa Bay Timesí all-Pinellas County softball team

Player of the year: OF Faith Allen, Jr., Palm Harbor UniversityPitcher of the year: Tori Brennan, So., East LakeCoach of the year: Linda Derk, Admiral FarragutFirst...
Published: 07/18/18
Alonso's Jodi Handler is our Player of the Year for Hillsborough County. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)

Tampa Bay Timesí all-Hillsborough County softball

Player of the year: P Jodi Handler, Sr., AlonsoPitcher of the year: Ashley Blessin, Jr., Plant CityCoach of the year: Bob Diez, ChamberlainFirst teamP...
Published: 07/18/18
Academy at the Lakes' Alexis Kilfoyl delivers the first pitch of the game during the Class 2A state softball semifinals. (ANDRES LEIVA | Special to the Times)

Tampa Bay Timesí all-North Suncoast softball team

Player of the year: P Alexis Kilfoyl, Jr., Academy at the LakesPitcher of the year: Callie Turner, Jr., Land O'LakesCoach of the year: Diane Stephenson, Academy at the...
Published: 07/18/18
Robert Marve turned himself in to the Orient Road Jail on Friday morning. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

Ex-Plant QB Robert Marve arrested on domestic battery complaint

TAMPA — Former Plant High and University of Miami quarterback Robert Marve was arrested Friday morning in Hillsborough County, accused of striking his ex-girlfriend and stomping on her throat in Key West.Marve turned himself in at...
Published: 07/13/18
Jeris McIntyre was a standout player at Tampa Catholic before going on to play at Auburn and in the NFL. (Courtesy of Jeris McIntyre)

Just call new football coach Jeris McIntyre Mr. Tampa Catholic

Jeris McIntyre was an assistant under Mike Gregory on the Tampa Catholic High School sideline for the past three seasons and blended into his shadow off the field.But the days of anonymity are gone for McIntyre, who has assumed the...
Published: 07/12/18
Former Oldsmar Christian boys basketball coach Jordan Fair was one of two Louisville assistants who were placed on paid administrative leave by the university in the wake of an NCAA investigation into violations of wire fraud and money laundering with elite recruits. (University of Louisville)

Jordan Fair says he is clear of any NCAA wrongdoing

Jordan Fair, the former Louisville assistant who was fired 10 months ago amid the FBI's probe into NCAA basketball corruption, said he has not been indicted and his termination without cause was never linked to an investigation.A social...
Published: 07/12/18
ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   TimesTampa Catholic High School football head coach Mike Gregory is seen before the Tampa Catholic at Berkeley Prep football game in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Tampa Catholicís Mike Gregory steps down

Tampa Catholic's Mike Gregory, who led the football program to a pair of state semifinal appearances, stepped down as coach to become an assistant at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.Gregory was 36-21 and won three district and two region...
Published: 07/11/18
Pasco High coach Tom McHugh was worried his current players would react badly to facing their former teammates in the annual 9-Mile War. (Times file)

Feud threatened long-running 9-Mile War football rivalry

The high school football rivalry between Pasco and Zephyrhills, known as the 9-Mile War, is the oldest in Pasco County and one of the longest running in Tampa Bay.But for the past week, the 61st edition of the annual grudge match was in...
Published: 07/11/18