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.

That kid at camp is now Northside Christianís starting quarterback

Quarterback Quaid Gardner (10) keeps an eye on the action during practice at Northside Christian. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times
Quaid Gardner is happy playing his senior year on Mike Alstottís squad.

Heat, exertion were factors in Middleton High football playerís death

Hezekiah B. Walters, 14, collapsed while participating in football conditioning drills at Middleton High School in June. Men of Vision  |  Special to the Times
Incoming freshman Hezekiah B. Walters collapsed during conditioning drills in June.

High school football rankings for Tampa Bay, Week 9

Armwood, ranked fourth overall in the state, is at another level among area teams.

Never too late for a turning point, even in Week 8 of high school football

Anthony Roussos enjoys his breakout game of the season on offense, scoring four touchdowns for River Ridge against Wesley Chapel. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
Sunday Morning QB: After several turbulent months, including the offseason, Tarpon Springs breaks through for first win.

Armwood can check revenge off the list

Armwood running back Eric Wilson leaps over Tampa Bay Tech’s Steven Parker during the first half. This one was all Hawks, who led 26-0 at halftime. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
The Hawks get the win this year vs. the Titans, which this season also has district implications.