Year Inducted: 2022
Nominated By: Dave Dudley (colleague)
Sports Competed In: Softball
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach, Contributor

Bobby BonnerBob Bonner

Achievements:
Softball:
● Considered one of the best shortstops in the state of Colorado.
● Won six consecutive state softball titles and competed in six consecutive ISC World Tournaments.
● Overall, competed in 12 International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournaments and two American Softball Association (ASA)
   World Tournaments.
● Member of team that set a ISC World Tournament record for most assist in one game (38) against Saginaw, Michigan, in 19 innings
   (Lost game 1-0. The record still stands today).
● Starting in 2013, played in the ISC AND USA 50 and over World Tournaments until 2018.
● Member of team that won the USA-ASA 50 and over Worlds Tournament (2018).
● Won numerous all tournament team awards, MVP awards, and all state awards.

Honors:
● All-State, All-Tourney, MVP in 20 different tournaments both in-state and out of state (1972-85).
● MVP of Rocky Mountain Travel League - some of the best teams in the state competed in (1976).
● Selected to play with the ISC all-world team against the world champion All American Bar in St. Paul. Minn. (1977).
● Inducted into the Pueblo Softball Hall of Fame (2010).
● Inducted into the ASA Colorado Softball Hall of Fame (2012).

Achievements:
Military Athletics:
● Played basketball for the San Diego Marines.
● While stationed overseas, played on the Southwest Pacific Marine All-Stars team that went undefeated.
● Also played for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 61.

Professional Affiliations:
● International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Pueblo group of basketball officials.
● International Association of Approved Football Officials (IAAFO) Pueblo group of football officials.
● Coached high school softball for 14 years in Pueblo and Milford, OH.
● Officiated high school football and basketball in Pueblo for eight years.
● Assistant Softball Coach, Pueblo East High School (presently).

Quotes:

"Bob was an outstanding volunteer coach, so I knew he wasn't doing it for monetary purposes. I watched him teach the game of softball, and he also showed them how to be a class competitor. What stood out most as I watched Bob was his knowledge of the game, and his ability to communicate with the young kids. The grace and expertise he exhibited was not lost on the parents of the players either. I knew firsthand what they would say about him. They respected him when you can do that, you're special."
-- Charlie Manning, former youth sports program director Runyon Sports Complex.

Personal:
Lives in Pueblo (55 years)... Married to Nancy Coulson.


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