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.

Banner day for host team in Leopard Softball Slam

Hernando posts two victories by a combined 27-1 in its spring break tournament.

Lady ’Canes Spring Classic roundup: Tarpon Springs foils state champ

Academy at the Lakes, without Lexi Kilfoyl on the mound, falls for the first time this season.

Father’s tough love sets Barry Brown Jr. up for NCAA success

Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. dunks during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Manhattan, Kan., Feb. 5, 2019. Brown scored 18 points as Kansas State won 74-67. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
The Gibbs High graduate is in the NCAA Tournament with No. 4 Kansas State thanks to the man who molded him.

Leopard Softball Slam has come a long way

Hernando softball coach Kevin Bittinger hits to the infield during practice at Tom Varn Park. (ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times)
Hernando High’s annual spring break tournament is now a destination for top teams on the North Suncoast and beyond

Top teams continue to flock to Lady ’Canes Spring Classic

Taylor Norwood and Palm Harbor University always face stiff competition in their annual spring break tournament. (ANDRES LEIVA | Special to the Times)
The annual softball tournament hosted by Palm Harbor University boasts tons of elite Tampa Bay talent.