Posted On: 06/30/20 10:21 AM

Almost every year there is at least one squad from Pueblo that the state needs to keep its eye on after six consecutive seasons of a Steel City squad playing for a state title.

While some big-time players have come and gone, plenty more are waiting in the wings to leave their mark on Pueblo and try to bring home the golden trophy.

Here are some of the top players in the Pueblo area to watch for in the 2020 season.

Makai Funaki, Pueblo West, 2021

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end from the Cyclones looks to become an even more important weapon for them in 2020 after Pueblo West went all the way to the Class 4A semifinals in 2019.

Funaki caught 13 passes for 239 yards and 3 TDs last season and also plays on the defensive line for the Cyclones.

Funaki keeps himself in shape as well by being a standout on the Cyclones basketball team, which also went to the semifinals last season in Class 4A. He had a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game and put up 5.2 points per game.

Luke Guarienti

Luke Guarienti, Pueblo

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