Bernett, Gasper named to Spartan Wall of Fame
A pair of Sparta High School graduates will be inducted into the Spartan Wall of Fame at Friday’s homecoming football game against Mississippi Valley Conference foe Onalaska.
Dennis Bernett and Mike Gasper will be honored during a halftime ceremony.
A 1970 Sparta graduate, Bernett was a standout running back for the Spartan football team and a three-year letter winner in both football and track.
He was named First Team All-State in 1968, was First Team All-Conference and All-Coulee Region and is a member of the 1,000-yard club, rushing for 1,424 yards in one season.
In addition, Bernett remains Sparta’s all-time leading scorer with 189 points – including 28 touchdowns and 17 extra points.
Bernett also holds the Sparta’s season scoring mark with 125 points – including 18 touchdowns and 17 extra points.
He led the conference in scoring his senior season and had two 100-yard receiving games for the Spartans.
In track, Bernett ran the 100, 220 and 440-yard dashes and was a member of the school-record setting 880 relay team during his junior year.
Bernett went on to accept a football scholarship to North Dakota State and also is a member of the National W Club.
Gasper, a 1990 Sparta graduate, was a three-year letter winner in baseball.
A left-handed pitcher, Gasper was named MVP of the Sparta Tournament as a sophomore, and earned Best Hitter, Rookie of the Year and King of the Hill honors the same season.
As a junior, Gasper earned MVP and King of the Hill honors and was named to the all-Mississippi Valley Conference first team.
In his senior season, Gasper led the Spartans to a WIAA regional title and was named MVP of the Adams-Friendship Tournament.
He earned MVP, Golden Spikes, King of the Hill, Best Hitter and Coaches Award honors and was once again named to the all-MVV first team.
In addition, Gasper was named to the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-District honorable mention team and was a participant in the WBCA All-Star Classic.
After high school, Gasper went on to star at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1991 to 1994.
He also pitched for the Eau Claire Cavaliers and Sparta Miller for several seasons and served as an assistant baseball coach at UW-Oshkosh in 1995 and from 2000-2006.