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.

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 91-100

Wiregrass Ranch players run onto the field during a preseason game last year. (Times, 2018)
Pogo prowess or gridiron grit? Read on to discover which Tampa Bay high school talent boasts both.

Meet Hyde Park’s cowboy

Alex Carvajal rides a bull during a practice session at Stokes Green Swamp Ranch Arena in Polk City. With the help of his mentor Billy Stokes, Carvajal is training to become a professional bull rider after quitting college football. (LUIS SANTANA | Times)
The allure of bull riding is too much to ignore for former Plant High football player Alex Carvajal, who trades in his pads and cleats for boots and spurs.

Middleton player’s death highlights area’s need for more athletic trainers

Plant High players go through conditioning drills Thursday morning. (ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times)
Pasco is the only area county that has full-time trainers year-round, including the summer, as well as gear that focuses on athletes who may be in danger of overheating.

Middleton’s Hezekiah B. Walters remembered for devotion to church, academics and athletics

Members of Tampa's Men of Vision line up outside of Tampa's Bible Based Fellowship church after the funeral for Hezekiah B. Walters Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Temple Terrace. Wearing red ties, bowties and ribbons, the young men as well as many other family members and friends wore red, Walters' favorite color, in his honor. [ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   Times]
The 14-year-old, who recently collapsed and died during football conditioning, was part of the Men of Vision from an early age. “Hezekiah was exceptional,” the organization’s co-founder says.

John Henson Skills Camp set for this weekend

Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson (31) dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
The former Sickles High standout is holding the camp Saturday and Sunday at his alma mater