Year Inducted: 2007
Nominated By: Dick Vinci 
Sports Competed In: Baseball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete

j bonaquistaBefore High School:
Three-year member of the Celtics' YMCA basketball team as a forward (1973-75)... Spent five season (1975-79) at first base in Old Timers League...Spent two years playing first base in Babe Ruth League (1980-81)...Played five seasons (1976-80) as a forward on the Warriors City League basketball team.

High School:
Attended Pueblo South, graduating in 1985... Earned four-year letter each on the Colts basketball team as a forward and playing first base(1981-85)...Anchored first base for one season in "B" Legion ball (1982) and three years in "A" Legion (1983-85).

College:
Went to Wichita State University (WSU), graduating in 1989...Played four seasons for the Shockers baseball team in the outfield (1985-89)...Started 54 of 63 games as a true freshman and named to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) team with a .356 Batting Average (BA) 68 for 191 at the plate... During his sophomore year, Bonacquista started 74 of 79 games, had a BA .315 (92/292) with 22 doubles, two triples, two HR (including one grand slam) and 20/24 stolen bases...During his junior campaign, Jeff started 63/68 games, tallied a BA. 290 (70/241) with seven doubles, six triples, three HR, and 40 RBI, 18/23 stolen bases as he made the MVC team....WSU finished that year third in Division I National World Series...In his final season, when the Shockers won the Division I World Series National Championship, Bonacquista played in first 45 games and then suffered a broken knee cap in the Illinois State game April 16, 1988. BA .323 54/167, 13 doubles, three triples, one HR, 36 RBI, 12/13 stolen bases.

Semi-Pro Baseball:
Played in the outfield for five different teams - Pueblo Collegians (1986), Anchorage Glacier Pilots (1987), Wichita Broncos (1988), Colorado Springs Explorers (1995-97) and Springs Bombers of the MSBL (1998).

Occupation:
Certified Public Accountant.

Personal:
Resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife, Shelese.


GPSA "B" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

 1

All Sports
Ernest E. "Ernie" Ballotti (1981*)

Athlete/Contributor
Dave Baxter (1981*)

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Jordan B. Berge (2000)

Basketball/Football Offical
Dave Baxter (1981*)

Boxing
Jim Blanc (1989)

City Parks Supervisor of Recreation
Leonard Butler (1998)

Coach
Tom Brockman (1994)

Coach/Contributor
Raymond T. Baker (2009)

Contributor
Ross Beatty (1977*)

Cross Country
James A. "Spank" Blasing (1979)

Girls Sports
Jessie F. Banks (1996)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Robert "Bob" Busia (2017*p)

Radio Announcer
Ross Beatty (1977*)

Tennis
Anne D. Beblavi (1995)

Wrestling
Jim Blanc (1989)

 

2
Basketball
James "Christy" Bivin (2010)
Jim Bongirno (1987*)

Softball
Robert "Bob" Bonner (2022)
Raymond T. Baker (2009)

Track
Richard Michael Busia (2017)
James A. "Spank" Blasing (1979)

Athlete
Michelle R. 'Shelly' Borton (2014)
Jeff Bonacquista (2007)
Anne D. Beblavi (1995)

3
Basketball
Michelle R. 'Shelly' Borton (2014)
James "Christy" Bivin (2010)
William F. "Bill" Brown (1994)

 

4
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Richard Michael Busia (2017)
Robert "Bob" Busia (2017*p)
Raymond T. Baker (2009)
Leonard Butler (1998)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Richard Michael Busia (2017)
Robert "Bob" Busia (2017*p)
Michelle R. 'Shelly' Borton (2014)
Jeff Bonacquista (2007)

Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Robert "Bob" Bonner (2022)
James "Christy" Bivin (2010)
Jim Blanc (1989)
Jim Bongirno (1987*)
James A. "Spank" Blasing (1979)

Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
James "Christy" Bivin (2010)
Anne D. Beblavi (1995)
Jim Blanc (1989)
Jim Bongirno (1987*)

Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Dave Baxter (1981*)
Lamar H.S., Lamar, CO
Tom Brockman (1994)
Thomas Jefferson H.S., Denver, CO
Joe Bonacquista (1997)
Trinidad H.S., Trinidad, CO
William F. "Bill" Brown (1994)
Wray H.S., Wray, CO

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Jesse F. Banks (1996)
Lindsay H.S., Lindsey, OK
Ernest E. "Ernie" Ballotti (1981*)
Mooseheart H.S, Mooseheart, IL
James A. "Spank" Blasing (1979)
Manhattan H.S., Manhattan, KS
Ross Beatty (1977*)
Chicago H.S, Chicago, IL

Football
Richard Michael Busia (2017)
Robert "Bob" Busia (2017*p)
Tom Brockman (1994)
Jim Blanc (1989)

 

 

 

5
Honorees Deceased
Ernie Ballotti (1981*)
Robert "Bob" Busia (2017*p)
Jim Bongirno (1987*)
Dave Baxter (1981*)
Ross Beatty (1977*)

Baseball
Robert "Bob" Busia (2017*p)
James "Christy" Bivin (2010)
Jeff Bonacquista (2007)
Jordan B. Berge (2000)
Joe Bonacquista (1997)

 

6
Athlete/Coach
Richard Michael Busia (2017)
Robert "Bob" Busia (2017*p)
Jordan B. Berge (2000)
Leonard Butler (1998)
Joe Bonacquista (1997)
William F. "Bill" Brown (1994)

 

21
Honorees in "B" Section

Remembering Our Fallen GPSA Inductees

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2022 induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

 

Dennis TrujilloDennis Trujillo
11/28/2022
Class of 2007