Bob Putnam - Preps reporter

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.

  1. Saturday's Seminole Shootout was full of closely contested basketball action.
    Berkeley Prep and Clearwater also pull out tight thrillers Saturday.
  2. In his one season at Middleton, Mike Williams led the grieving Tigers to a 5-5 record.
    The former Plant High player takes over for David Mitchell, who steps down to deal with health issues in his family.
  3. Teammates watch as Lakewood's Elijah Jackson leaps from near the free-throw line as he goes up for a slam dunk during practice.
    No matter how tight a game, the green light is always on for the Spartans boys basketball team, a state title contender again, to rattle the rim.
  4. Marcellus Crutchfield was just one Tampa Catholic player whose family recently hosted Australian players from a prominent Catholic school in Melbourne.
    The Crusaders are the perfect hosts for a Catholic school team from Australia that is enamored of the American game.
  5. Dionte Blanch, right, and East Lake remain on top of our rankings after running their unbeaten mark to 15-0.
    East Lake, the last remaining unbeaten team in the area, remains in the top spot for the second straight week.
  6. Tampa Prep's Kailyn Gilbert (2), center, charges past Wesley Chapel's Ameria Christopher (5) during a game earlier this season.
    When it comes to scoring and rebounding, these three girls and guys are among tops in the state. And word to the wise: Stay out of Kailyn Gilbert’s way.
  7. Clemson's T.J. Chase pulls in a reception during the first half of an Aug. 29 game against Georgia Tech.
    Every national champion (Division II, III and I-AA) in college football this season has multiple locals dotting the roster.
  8. Lakewood's Oteman Delancy, here during a recent practice, scores 17 points Saturday against Anclote.
    East Lake, Calvary Christian and the host Green Devils also pick up victories.
  9. Tampa Catholic's Johni Broome goes up for the shot in 52-41 win over Jesuit.
    After a timeout, the Crusader boys close out the game by going on a 16-0 run.
  10. North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson (1) scores in the first half of an FCS playoff game against Montana State on Dec. 21 in Fargo, N.D.
    The Bison, who can win their eighth Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) crown in nine seasons, have a history of showcasing area talent.