Bob Putnam, Preps Reporter

Bob Putnam

Preps Reporter

I've been a staff writer since 1996. My career started before that as a correspondent with the St. Petersburg Times. I covered former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and current USF assistant Shaun King's first start as a quarterback at Gibbs High. Writing about locals is a passion. I'm a fourth-generation Floridian who graduated from Dixie Hollins High. My great grandfather owned a farm in Pinellas Park. My father was among the first graduating classes at Boca Ciega. Sometimes I venture into other sports. Once, I tried out for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. I was even assigned to one of their minor league affiliates. Well, sort of. Dan Jennings, the team's director of scouting at the time, said he was sending me to Walla, Walla, Wash. He was kidding. I think. Well, either way, I'm still here doing what I love to do.

High school football predictions, Week 5

quarterback Greg Spann II (No. 1) and Lakewood take on Braden River at home tonight. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
One of our staff writers thinks Lakewood’s shutout streak ends tonight.

Football leaders for Tampa Bay, Week 4

Desean Henry of St. Petersburg Catholic is among the area's leaders in receiving yards with 359. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
The standouts on offense and defense from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.

Promise that Dixie Hollins football matters is coming to fruition

Quarterback Fernando Monroe (8) throws during football practice at Dixie Hollins High on Tuesday. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
Coach Dale Caparaso says the key to the Rebels thriving is that "we’ve kept the Dixie kids at Dixie.”

HomeTeam 15: Football rankings for Tampa Bay

Armwood's Charles Montgomery runs the ball during the first half against Plant on Aug. 23, 2019, in Seffner. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
There is plenty of movement except at the top, where Armwood remains No. 1

HomeTeam Hot List: Pinellas hosts two big swim meets

Clearwater Academy International's Ajou Ajou makes a reception while working through a passing drill in April. CAI faces American Collegiate on Friday. Douglas R. Clifford  |  Times
One of the area’s top volleyball tournaments, the Berkeley Premier, also starts this weekend.