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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Sports Hall of Fame announced its inductees for the class of 2014. The newest members will be honored at the 25th annual banquet on Sunday October 26, 2014.

14 coaches and athletes highlights this year’s class.

Sunnyside football star David Adams went on to play at UA before a career professionally in both the NFL and CFL.

George Arias won a state baseball championship at Pueblo in 1990. Before his career on the diamond was all said and done he played in 173 big league games and starred in Japan.

Amphi High School two-sport star Michael Bates made major dents in both track and football. He won a bronze medal in the 200 meters at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and then returned to star in the NFL as a return specialist for the Carolina Panthers.

Dennis Bene led Salpointe Catholic to its first state football championship last season. He has won 81% of his games in 13 seasons piloting the Lancers program.

Mario Castro blazed the cross country trail as a runner for Sunnyside High School before becoming a running coach at both Pueblo High School and Pima College.

Jim Crawford led Rincon High School to the state baseball championship game in 1968. He later appeared in 181 Major League games with both the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers.

Jim Flannery led Salpointe Catholic to three regional basketball championships in the 80s and 90s. He still coaches golf for the Lancers where he has amassed two state titles and four state runner-up finishes.

Frank Garcia punted for Salpointe Catholic and UA before landing a five-year stint in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the John McKay years. He was an All-Pro selection in 1983.

Mountain View High School grad Lacey Nymeyer John swam at UA and won an Olympic silver medal as a part of the women’s 400-meter relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Nymeyer also won the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award in 2009.

Ray Kosanke led the Tucson Badgers to the 1962 state basketball championship before playing collegiately at Stanford.

Rick McConnell played shortstop on two Sahuaro High School state baseball champion teams in 1973 and 1974. He went on to play for the 1976 Arizona Wildcats baseball team that won the National Championship. He has amassed over 5000 basketball coach victories during his long tenure at Dobson High School in Mesa.

Sandy Marten Novak coached dominating girls track and volleyball teams at Sahuaro High School. Her track squads won nine regional championships while her volleyball teams brought him 10 regional banners.

Oscar Reyes Romero last season won his 400th career game as baseball coach at Tucson High School. He has been named Coach of the Year four times by the Arizona Daily Star.

Catalina High School grad Tee Thelma Taylor earned her spot in the class by jumping out of airplanes and into the National Skydiving Hall of Fame.

With the class of 2014 the total membership of the PCSHOF is now 334 members.

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