Year Inducted: 1983
Nominated By: Brian Macartney
Sports Competed In: Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach, Contributor

Jim Blanc

Before High School:
● Played bantam football in Fairmont Park and at Mineral Palace.
● Attended Jefferson and Irving Elementary school.
● Played on three All-Star old timers baseball teams.
● Attended Freed Junior High School.
● Played half back on the 9th Grade City Championship football team,
● Played guard on the 9th Grade City Championship basketball team and was a city champ in the 440 and on the mile relay team that won the city championship.

High School:
Attended Pueblo Centennial, graduating in 1964.

Achievements:
High School:
● Earned eight varsity letters - three in football, two in basketball and three in baseball.
● All-City in football as a junior and was selected All-City, all conference and all state as a senior.
● Football team won the conference championship and lost the state championship game to Boulder.
● Selected to The Denver Post All-State First Team offense.
● Held the record of the longest run from scrimmage 99 yards against Wasson in 1963.
● Scored 72 points as a senior. [126 points in Career - Steel City Almanac pg 243].
● Outstanding baseball player - lettering all three years and being selected All-City as a junior and senior and All-Conference as a senior.
● Was a leading batter on the team that won the conference championship in 1964.

College:
Enrolled at Adams State in 1964 and played baseball and football and lettered in both...In 1965 he left Adams State and enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Honors:
● Served in Korea for 16 months.
● Played baseball in the military and was selected to the all-Division team two times.
● Played centerfielder on the team that won the 8th Army Championship.
● Played in the Jo sun I.B.E.O. Tournament.
● Also played in the military World Series and was named to the All-Star team.
● Upon leaving the service, finished his education with a degree in PE and Recreation.

Related Activities:
● Returned to Pueblo and worked for the Parks and Recreation Department for six years.
● Coordinator of baseball and softball programs.
● Coached the Old Timers at Sunset Park for three years and worked in the City Recreation program at Hellbeck one year.
● Worked at St. Leanders in the Father Powers program three years.
● Played softball for 16 years.
● Played in five world tournaments and has repeatedly been selected to All-star and All-tourney teams.
● Currently is employed as a civilian by the U.S. Army as an outdoor recreation specialist for Ft. Carson, a position he has served for two years.

Occupation:
Worked in the U.S. Army and as a civilian Recreation Director.

Personal:
Lives in Pueblo with his wife Mary Louise.


GPSA "A" By The Numbers

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

 1

Attended Pleasant View H.S.
Anthony "Tony" Andenucio (1990*p)

Atended Pueblo Catholic H.S.
James Howard Abell (1976*p)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Joseph Andenucio (1996)

Baseball
Joseph Andenucio (1996)

Boxing
George D. Amaya (1991*)

Coach
Dr. Kay Aguliar (1999)

Recreation Director
John Arellano (1980*)

 

2
Athlete/Coach
Joseph Andenucio (1996)
Louis "Lou" Amaya (1991*)
Awarded Posthumously
Anthony "Tony" Andenucio (1990*p)
James Howard Abell (1976*p)

Contributors
John Arellano (1980*)
James Howard Abell (1976*p)

Softball
Anthony "Tony" Andenucio (1990*p)
Patricia "Pat" Allsup (1985*)

Tennis
Dr. Kay Aguliar (1999)
James Howard Abell (1976*p)

Track
Dr. Eugene"Gene" Albo (2005)
Gordon Allott (1974*)

3
Athlete
George D. Amaya (1991*)
Anthony "Tony" Andenucio (1990*p)
Gordon Allott (1974*)

Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Dino Louis Aragon (2019)
Jeff Arnold (2005*)
Gordon Allott (1974*)

Basketball
Dr. Eugene"Gene" Albo (2005)
George D. Amaya (1991*)
Louis "Lou" Amaya (1978*)

Wrestling
Dino Louis Aragon (2019)
Gary P. Adamson (2009)
Jeff Arnold (2005*)

 

4
Football
Gary P. Adamson (2009)
George D. Amaya (1991*)
Robert J. "Bobby" Armijo (1983)
Louis "Lou" Amaya (1978*)

 

 

 

6
Athlete/Coach/Contributor
Dino Louis Aragon (2019)
Gary P. Adamson (2009)
Dr. Eugene"Gene" Albo (2005)
Jeff Arnold (2005*)
Patricia "Pat" Allsup (1985*)
Robert J. "Bobby" Armijo (1983)

Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
Gary P. Adamson (2009)
Dr. Eugene"Gene" Albo (2005)
George D. Amaya (1991*)
Louis "Lou" Amaya (1991*)
Patricia "Pat" Allsup (1985*)
Robert J. "Bobby" Armijo (1983)

 

8
Honorees Deceased
Jeff Arnold (2005*)
George D. Amaya (1991*)
Anthony "Tony" Andenucio (1990*p)
Patricia "Pat" Allsup (1985*)
John Arellano (1980*)
Louis "Lou" Amaya (1978*)
James Howard Abell (1976*p)
Gordon Allott (1974*)

 

14
Honorees in "A" 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