Greater Pueblo Sports Association celebrates new members

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association's 2022 Hall of Fame inductees were introduced Wednesday at the annual banquet at Colorado State University Pueblo.

The 2022 Greater Pueblo Sports Association hosted its 50th Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday night at the Occhiato Ball Room on the CSU-Pueblo campus. This year’s inductees included some big names in Pueblo history.

The night’s festivities also included the awarding of Outstanding High School Athletes (Brian Macartney Awards), the Sollie Raso Award and Outstanding Athletes CSU-Pueblo. The ceremony also recognized three of the greatest moments in the past 50 years of Pueblo sports history.

Inductees for this Hall of Fame class of 2022 include a wrestling coach from around the world and a former major league Cincinnati Reds.

Here are this year’s nominees, in no particular order:

  • Bobby Bonner
  • Richard “Dick” Hime (posthumously)
  • Cliff Laughlin
  • Mike “Veech” Marcoveechio
  • Marie Mass (posthumously)
  • Mike Salardino
  • LeRoy Snook

Find out more about the candidates:Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame Class of 2022

The Sollie Raso Award winner for the Pueblo school whose athletic teams have excelled in three sports seasons was Pueblo South High School.

The winners of the Outstanding High School Athletes award were Xavier Freeman and Leyah Martinez, both of Pueblo East High School.

Xavier Freeman, left, and Leyah Martinez pose with their Brian Macartney Outstanding High School Athlete awards at the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame banquet Wednesday.

The winners of the CSU-Pueblo Outstanding Athletes award were Kansas Watts on the women’s basketball team and Ty Lewis on the baseball team.

The two high school award winners were thrilled to be a part of this historic evening and talked about what it means to win this award.

“It shows me that all my hard work has paid off,” Freeman said. “Hearing my accomplishments, I’ve never really looked back and seen all the things I’ve done. But hearing someone else tell me all the things is pretty amazing. It just makes me feel like it’s nothing.

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