Meet the Post’s new high school sports and recruiting reporter, Ryan DiPentima


Hello, 

My name is Ryan DiPentima, and I am the Palm Beach Post’s newest high school sports and recruiting reporter. I’ve been at the Post for about two and half years and have served in several roles over that time. I began as a news aggregator before moving to the same role in the sports department. Most recently I was a community reporter, covering Southern Palm Beach County.

Along the way I’ve had the opportunity to help with the Post’s Friday night coverage of high school sports, manning the @pbphighschools Twitter account. I’ve also helped with coverage of the NBA and NFL drafts.

I’ve written my fair share of “five things to know” articles about sports in South Florida, so that seems like a fitting format for my introduction to you. 

1. I was born and raised in South Florida: 

Technically, I was born in Palm Beach County too, at West Boca Medical Center, but I grew up in Broward County. My family lived in the same home in Coral Springs for my entire life, up until last year. I got married in December and recently moved to Boynton Beach. I love South Florida and I am incredibly grateful to be able to live and work in the area.

2. I attended the University of Central Florida:

That’s right, National Champs, baby! You can find me on Twitter yelling into the void about how McKenzie Milton should be the Heisman Trophy favorite this season, or about how the Knights should have been given a chance to play for the title last year.

3. I played baseball through high school:

I’ve played baseball since I could walk, and I pitched at Coral Springs Charter School and for the Elite Squad travel team in high school. I had a 10.50 ERA my senior year and had a grand total of zero college offers, so I know what it’s like to be a highly sought-after prospect. Here’s my MaxPreps page, in case you need a laugh.

Bonus fun fact: While playing in a travel-ball game at Broward College, soon-to-be Los Angeles Dodger Manny Machado hit a home run off me that traveled at least 450 feet and still may not have landed. I still have whiplash from turning to watch it fly.

4. I’m a huge South Florida sports fan: 

As a South Florida native and a lover of all things sports, I’ve naturally gravitated to the local teams. My family had season tickets for the Marlins’ 1997 season, and I was there, as a 4-year-old, throwing confetti in the air with my mom and dad when the Fish walked off in Game 7 against the Indians. 

I watched the Panthers take on the Islanders in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs from the upper deck with my wife. 

I watched from home with my brother as the Heat won back-to-back titles. 

Any emotion you’ve had as a South Florida sports fan, I’ve probably shared it.

5. I’m excited to get started in this new role:

I can’t wait to get going in this new role. Palm Beach County, and South Florida in general, is filled with so many talented, promising young athletes. I can’t wait to get out and learn more about their backgrounds and stories, all while following along with their academic and athletic journeys. 

Feel free to reach out to me at rdipentima@pbpost.com or follow me on Twitter at @Ryan_DiPentima.


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