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The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) is a group of people interested in promoting those prominent athletes, sports teams and recreational activities in Pueblo County to be a part of the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame.
GPSA in Discussion to add Family Merit Award
The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) will at its first meeting in 2024 (Jan. 22) discussed the possibility of adding an “Outstanding Family Merit Award.”
The discussion led to forming a committee which will decide criteria needed to establishing this award and designing the application that will be needed for those wishing to apply.
This new award will be similar to the Jessie Banks, Brian Macartney and James “Spank” Blasing awards as they are presented separate from the actual GPSA Inductees award at our banquet in November.
The initial discussion centered around the actual number of family members needed to contribute (as two or more) to merit receiving the “Outstanding Family Merit Award.”
Stay tuned… We will let you all know the details
State Farm's Craig Law Sponsors GPSA Newsletter
The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has a sponsor for the publication of the 2024 Newsletter—Craig Law Insurance Agency.
Craig Law is long-time insurance agent with State Farm. His office is located at 1818 Vinewood Lane on Pueblo’s Southside.
The GPSA thanks Craig for his sponsorship!
Thank You Notes from 2023 Inductees
Dear Committee Members of the GPSA,
I wanted to once again thank you for the honor of being a part of the GPSA. The honor obviously meant the world to me, my wife Renee and my three kids, but I have been overwhelmed by the kind words I am still receiving by individuals that I didn't think would notice anything in the world of sports. I think it speaks to how important the GPSA is to the greater Pueblo area community. For me, it honestly means the world since I coach a female sport that isn't exactly the most popular female activity in Pueblo. None of us get into coaching for the awards, but I can't lie, this one means the world to me....I guess we better have a great year next season to prove I deserved it!
Thank you to all of you and please keep up the great work!
Dear GPSA Officers and Members,
I just want to thank you for making my induction into the GPSA Hall of Fame a great experience. You all made my night the best ever.
Everett C. Thalhamer Passes Away Peacefully, Dec. 23
Everett “Ev” Charles Thalhamer, 95, of Pueblo, Colo. passed away in peace on Dec. 23, 2023, surrounded by those who loved and cared for him deeply.
Everett was born Sept. 28, 1928, in Oregon, Ill. After graduating from East High School in Aurora, Ill, Everett enlisted in the US Army in 1946 and was stationed in Salzburg, Austria until 1948 with the First Infantry Division.
Upon returning to the U.S. in 1948, he enrolled in the University of Colorado, Boulder with his brother Gerald. While completing his degree in Physical Education, Everett played #2 singles for the CU Men’s Tennis Team, winning a conference doubles championship in 1952.
Thalhamer was a player/teacher of tennis in Pueblo for close to half a century (49 years).. Everett also was a pitcher on numerous Fastpitch softball teams in the Pueblo area from 1950 to 1965 winning many tournaments and several league titles, during which he pitched ten (10) no hitters and had the most strike outs during a seven (7) inning game with fifteen (15).
Thalhamer enjoyed playing tennis and won Pueblo City single titles three consecutive years (1957-59). During his tennis career, Everett numerous doubles tournament titles in Colorado Springs CO. including the Lynmar, Broadmoor, and “Golden Super Seniors” tournament with Tom Keach.
The Obituary for Everett C. Thalhamer (Courtesy of Montgomery & Steward)
Daniel Rosales Passed Away Dec. 13
Daniel was born and raised in Pueblo, CO. He graduated from Central High School in 1956. He worked for 36 years with Pueblo School District 60. Rosales was well known for an outstanding list of achievements that included six "Coach of the Year" awards for coaching girls basketball, softball and volleyball.
Rosales coached the 1993 4A/5A All-Star basketball game in Denver and was presented with CHSAA Top Coach of Women’s Athletics - presented by State Farm Insurances from Boulder, CO (Feb. 19, 2000).
Daniel was the first President of the East High Boosters Club as well as the first classified employee to have a coaching certificate. Rosales was inducted in the both the Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Pueblo Softball Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also lifetime Honorary Membership Colorado Board I.A.A.B. #4.
The Obituary for Daniel Rosales (Courtesy of Imperial Memorial Gardens)
GPSA Livestreamed 51st Annual Banquet Nov. 15
Below is the livestream of the GPSA's 51st induction banquet held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. The event took place at the Occhiato Center Ballroom on the campus of CSU Pueblo.
Six new inductees were enshrined: Dale Cresswell, Todd Kelly, Casey King, John Loia, Dan Sanchez and Kory Sperry. Mike Salardino was the night's Master of Ceremonies.
Click above to view pictures from the evening's program:
Six local athletes and coaches welcomed into the GPSA Hall of Fame
By Chris Abdelmalek
Pueblo Chieftain USA TODAY NETWORK
Nov. 16, 2023
Athletes and coaches, along with other distinguished members of the Pueblo sporting world gathered together Wednesday night at CSU-Pueblo’s Occhiato Center Ballroom to welcome the newest members to the Pueblos Sports Hall of Fame.
The Greater Pueblo Sports Association hosted its annual Hall of Fame night inducting six new members into its organization — John Loia, Dale Cresswell, Casey King, Dan Sanchez, Todd Kelly and Kory Sperry...Read More
Greater Pueblo Sports Association inducts 6 local legends into hall of fame
By Ben Cason
The Pueblo Star Journal
Nov. 3, 2023
The Greater Pueblo Sports Association has announced their six inductees into their Hall of Fame who will be enshrined at their 51st annual banquet Nov. 15.
The new six inductees are Dale Cresswell, Todd Kelly, Casey King, John Loia, Dan Sanchez and Kory Sperry. With the addition of the 2023 class, the GPSA now has 376 members enshrined, with 336 of them men and 40 women...Read More
GPSA Selects Great Moments for Banquet in November
Pueblo, CO -- The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) during their monthly May meeting selected three Great Moments that will be recognized at their November banquet.
The Great moments in GPSA history are broken down into three era's spanning 110 years.
ERA I: (1913-1982)
Jim Flynn, nicknamed "Pueblo's Fireman" was a heavyweight boxer who knocked out Jack Dempsey in the 1st round of a fight in 1917. Flynn is the only person to ever knock out Dempsey.
ERA II: (1983-2005)
The Pueblo South High School Boys track team won back-to-back Colorado 5A State Track & Field Championships (1992-93).
ERA III: (2006-2023)
Andy Garcia, a heavyweight wrestler at 285 Ib, becomes the first Colorado wrestler to win four consecutive State Championships at that weight class (2019).
CSU-P Announces Top Female and Male Athletes for GPSA Sports Banquet
Pueblo, CO -- Paul Plinske, Athletic Director for Colorado State University-Pueblo, has announced the school's selections for the Jessie Banks and James "Spank" Blasing awards which will be presented at the Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) Banquet on November 15.
JaNaiya Davis (women's basketball) and Jazzy Espinoza (volleyball) became the 34th and 35th members selected for the Jessie Banks Award. The award is named after Jessie Banks, a pioneer in women's sports. Banks launched the women's basketball program and served for many years as its coach. She also played an important role in the expansion of the women's sports programs at CSU-Pueblo. The award recognizes the school's top female scholar-athlete.
Reggie WIlliams (baseball) is the recipient of the James Blasing award. This award, given for the 39th time, is named for James "Spank" Blasing, a longtime coach and sports administrator at CSU-Pueblo. Blasing launched the men's track and cross country programs during his tenure at the school. The award recognizes the school's top male scholar-athlete.
School District 60 recognized GPSA Induction Class of 2023
Aaron Bravo, Centennial AD John Ward and Central AD Destiny Lotrich introduced our 2023 GPSA Induction class before the 74th rendition of the Bell Game held at Dutch Clark Stadium on Fri., Oct., 6.
In the photo, L to R: are Bravo, Ward, Dan Sanchez, Dale Cresswell, John Loia, Todd Kelly and Lotrich. Inductees not present were: Casey King and Kory Sperry.
GPSA Adds Presidents Award in 2022-2023
The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) membership voted to present a presidents award for teams that win state titles. GPSA members attend state championship assembly and present award.
The following teams have been presented the GPSA President Award: Central Unified 4A State Bowling Championships Team and East 4A State Wrestling Championship Team.