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P.O. Box 413
Pueblo, CO 81002

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Massari Arena
CSU-Pueblo
Pueblo, CO 81007

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GPSA adds eight members

Inductees and representatives dine at the head tables at the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame Ceremony on Wednesday at the Occhiato Ballroom on the Colorado State University-Pueblo Campus. [CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/ZACHARY ALLEN]Inductees and representatives dine at the head tables at the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame Ceremony on Wednesday at the Occhiato Ballroom on the Colorado State University-Pueblo Campus. [CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/ZACHARY ALLEN]

 


Jeff Letofsky
The Pueblo Chieftain
Nov. 15, 2018

Inductees enjoy special night at 46th annual banquet

Mike James [CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/ZACHARY ALLEN]Mike James [CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/ZACHARY ALLEN]

A charged atmosphere at the renovated Occhiato Ballroom on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus made for a special night on Wednesday.

Eight new inductees were enshrined into the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame during the 46th annual banquet.

The honored members included Lee Beard, Mike James, Gene Poston, Rick Macias, Dave Ryder, Eddie Smith, Lou Willschau and Mike Zaremba.

Zaremba and Macias were ecstatic to be added as members to the GPSA.

Zaremba, currently the director of golf at Desert Hawk, has won a myriad of tournaments and continues to play.

“I haven’t reflected back because I’m still playing at a high level,” Zaremba said. “One of the things I’m most proud of is re-starting the college golf team (at CSU-Pueblo) again. And I was proud I did the eight-year (coaching) stint for free.

“Winning the Colorado Open was the highlight. It’s one of the toughest to win. And then winning the Senior Colorado Open. I was the first one to do that (win both) at that time.

“Every victory I’ve had I’ve kept it simple. The minute you let all the stuff get into the head ...”

Macias, the current Pueblo City Schools (D60) athletic director, was just happy to be mentioned with many of the familiar names already enshrined into the hall, including many of his mentors.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’m looking at all these guys who I’ve looked up to for all these years. all the guys who coached me and mentors all these years.

“One of the highlights in my career is tonight. It’s a big thank-you from me tonight. A kid growing up on East 1st and Portland and ending up here, I have to pinch myself every once in a while.”

The ceremony also included the presentation of three Great Moments in Pueblo Sports — Central High School and Trinidad Junior College champion wrestler Alvin Sampson, the 1984-85 University of Southern Colorado wrestling team’s first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship under coach Doug Moses and the Willits twins, Grant and Hunter, who secured seven state titles for Pueblo County High School on the wrestling mats and have continued their careers at Oregon State University.

In addition, a number of separate awards were handed out.

South High School’s Lainee Jones and Marcell Barbee were presented the Brian MaCartney Awards as Pueblo’s most outstanding high school athletes.

Makala Morris was given the Jessie Banks Award and Derrick Williams the James “Spank” Blasing Award as CSU-Pueblo’s most outstanding athletes.

Also, Pueblo West High School was the winner of the the Sollie Raso All-Sports Award.

And Joe Bonacquista was presented with a 25-year award for his service to the GPSA.

 

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GPSA Hall of Fame Inductees

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association was established on Sept. 27, 1972, when the first meeting was held in the Centennial High School cafeteria. Since then, it has inducted members into its hall of fame every year:

1973: Earl “Dutch” Clark, Harry Simmons, Bruno DeRose, Tom Keach, Gary Knafelc, Raymond “Red” LeMasters, Tony Niccoli, Bill McClatchey, Ed Orazem, Ed Smith, Cal Tatum.

1974: Gordon Allott, Joe “Awful” Coffee, Oneal Hobbs, Sam T. Jones, Ed Lesar, Floretta McCutcheon, Olga Tezak, Ethel Wentworth.

1975: Vernon Cochran, Dennis Hagaman, Frank S. Hoag Jr., David Packard, Ed Posa, Frank Slack, Marshall “Moe” Springer.

1976: James Howard “Buff” Abell, Judge Hatfield Chilson, Ken Coatney, Peter Anton Elich, Omar “Turk” Lown, Larry Pickering, Sollie Raso, Otto W. “Tink” Snapp.

1977: Ross Beatty, Joe Bonacquista, Herb Casebeer, Jim Fimple, Henry Gordon Gilmore, Joseph Edward Hughes, Leland S. Johnson, Ida J. Jones, Homer C. Thompson, James D. Smith.

1978: Lou Amaya, Bob Haley, Willard Stanley Kettering, Frank Papish, Jim Ranson, Charles Dale Rea, Bob Trevithick, Rodney Wallace.

1979: Jim Blasing, Julius Dammann, Robert McGraw, Fred F. Smith.

1980: Sam Corsentino, Tom Stanton, George A. Grosvenor, George Williams Sr., John Arellano, Mel Spence, Dave Novak.

1981: Hoy Frakes, Hank Pechek, Jim Grieve, Ernie Ballotti, Mahlon T. “Butch” White, Dave Baxter, Ezekiel “Zeke” Jimenez, Frank Perko.

1982: Jack Parsons, Bill Gower, Rev. John Power, Charles George Simms, Bob Pobst, Q.B. Pryor, Dave Parlapiano, Bill Heath.

1983: Bob Armijo, Ruth Hulsey, Vern D. Cochran, Ralph “Giggs” Linsey, Voyd “Butch” Elich, Mike Mills Vunovich, Charles G. Hitchcock, Dan Milusnic, Mike Housh, Luther Nava.

1984: Dick Ledoux, J. Newell Hall, Rich Vivoda, John Elbeck, Mike Duran, George Newton, Frank DeLeon, Tom Gilmore, John Rivas.

1985: Ruben Tafoya, Ernie Watkins, Albert Potestio, Joe Garcia, Andy Sackman, Nate Jones, Jody Lane, Pat Whitmore Allsup.

1986: Paul DeFoyd, Chuck DePietro, C.T. Fitzgerald, Phyllis Long, Tim Simmons, John Tate.

1987: Jim Bongirno, Bill Corder, Norm Colglazier, Sam Pagano, Isobel De Fiore Simpson, Rich Purcell.

1988: Leonard Butler, John DeNardo, John Greco, Prince Knafelc, Brian McCartney, Ronny McDowell, Robert Martinez, Luz Montelongo Jr., Frank Pagano, Walt Pickard, Pete Pomeleo.

1989: Jim Blanc, Paul Gradishar, Jack Helmsing, Ernie Lara, Ray LeMasters II, Art Martinez, Bobby Pechek.

1990: Tony Andenucio, Bobby Graham, Gene Hochevar, Gerald Starika.

1991: George Amaya, Lorraine Zabukovic, Denny Stilson, Don McIntosh, Wilbur “Willie” Wright, Jerry Traylor, Ray Pusedu, Pete Pisciotta.

1992: Sel Elizondo, Sam “The Rabbit” Ferraro, Joseph “Salvy” Hernandez, Michael M. Milner, Tano Ozzello, Dr. John W. Sabo Jr., Loree “Pi” Sanford, Dennis Shefcyk, John Vecchio, Richard L. Yates.

1993: Don Stutters, Mickey Giarratano, Rich Riesner, Dave Socier, Tom Muhic, Brian Hochevar, John Lenhart, Joe Mohorcich.

1994: Bill Brown, Tom Brockman, Bruce Colvin, Judy Zobeck Fellhauer, Charlie Hoffmann, John Klomp, Don Schmidli.

1995: Anne Vento Beblavi, Jim Lucero, George Luiz, Joe Massaro, Gene Morenz, Rick Pobst.

1996: Joe Andenucio, Jessie Banks, Dave Dudley, Joel Herzog, Dick Vinci.

1997: Mike Chorak, Judy Hildner, Dan Luna, Dean Martinez, Wayne Pechek, Pat Rea, Dan Radiff, Carl Taibi.

1998: Liz Villegas, Fred “Coogan” Pechek, Joe Concialdi, David Styduhar, Freda Hancock, Kay Aguilar, Dewie Thornton, Brad Ranson, Jerry Ellis, David Knapp, Tony Ribaudo.

1999: Chuck Haering, Bob Rawlings, Carmen Rivas.

2000: Jordan Berge, Mike Cunico, Sam Dazzio, Pete Falletta, Bill Hodges, Fred Pechek, Don Perko, John Skube, Larry Wagner.

2001: Ed Francis, Pat Geonetta, Dick Giarratano, Chuck Kochenberger, Sonja Melton, Ethelyn Jones Potestio, Fred Rodriguez, Roger Samuels, G. Owen Smith, Kent Smith.

2002: Fred Trujillo, Steve Henson, Dan Rosales, Penny Zavichas, Dan DeRose, Jerry Sisneros.

2003: Louie Carleo, Frank Flood, Jim Flood, Loren Kilstofte, Jerry Pike, Dewey Sullivan.

2004: Jerry Cunico, Nick Graham, Bobby Gonzales, Dale Drummond, Charles Puga III, Richard Redd, Debra Snook, John “Mike” Lynch, Thomas Michael “Mike” Waters, Steve Cathcart, Russ Sabo.

2005: Gene Albo, Dave Netherton, Walt Clay, John Salimeno, Lee Douglas, Jeff Arnold, Rick Willits.

2006: Joe Folda, Jim Harrison, Dave Lockett, Joe Prater, Gary Salimeno, Roger Hargraves.

2007: Jeff Bonacquista, Ben Garcia, Dennis Trujillo, Sam Clay Jr., David Mihalick, Mike Spence.

2008: Ed DeRose, Chris Haering, Mark Haering, Jerry Kersey, Elliott Plese, Ken Ramos, Ed Renck, John Salas.

2009: Gary Adamson, Ray Baker, Mark DeRose, Pat McGraw, Joe Pannunzio, Joe Puleo.

2010: Bill Hybl, Becky Golob, Frances Price, Kirk Kochenberger, James “Christy” Bivin, Nino Giarratano.

2011: Alan Colglazier, Keith Lane, Karen Koshak Griebel, Dave Galich, Dan “Kosho” Trujillo, Frank “Inky” Pechek.

2012: Walter Hill, Gary Gehlhoff, Ruth Shelton, Andrew “Chink” Mihalick, Jack Hildner, Bill Yalotz Sr., Terry Snider.

2013: Tony Hegler, Jim Reynolds, Stan Sanchez, Rick Shelton, Ron Smith, Curt Topping.

2014: George Kaplan, Shiloh Justice, Travis Wolther, George Mastrini, Shelly Borton, Kendra Nogare-Drury, Ev Thalhammer, Marla Lanham, Bill Trevithick, George Zaharias.

2015: Dee Dee Dominguez, Kathleen Hancock, Charlie Manning, Eddie Reinert, John Wristen.

2016: Niki Whitaker, Corky Madrid, Vic Keen.

2017: Richard Busia, Robert Busia, Carol Barker-Cosby, Greg Critchett, John Gallina, Art Gonzales, Paula Henson, Rich Lane, Timmie Jo Miller-Lisac, Ron Oreskovich, David Perkins, Eileen Krasovec-Perez, Tim Urenda.

2018: Lee Beard, Mike James, Rick Macias, Gene Poston, Dave Ryder, Eddie Smith, Lou Willschau Mik,e Zaremba.

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