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  • Honoring Athletes, Coaches and Benefactors whose outstanding performance has earned them the right to be enshrined in the
    Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame

     2006  Inductee

    GARY SPARTA

     

    1959 graduate of Hamburg High School; 1963 BS and 1966 MS graduate of East Stroudsburg State; inducted for his accomplishments as an athlete, coach and athletic director; in high school, played baseball and basketball; in baseball lettered all four years, was a member of the County Championship Team in 1957; he had the best ERA of 1.72, pitching record of 7-2, recorded 83 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched in 1959; he was in the top ten in hitting in his last three years with averages of .394, .419 and .294; was NJ Herald All County 2nd Team in 1957 and 1st Team in 1958 and 1959; he was named Outstanding Athlete by the Franklin Kiwanis Club in 1957-1958; he was Newark News 2nd Team in 1957, 3rd Team in 1958 and 1st Team in 1959; was Newark Star Ledger 2nd Team in 1959; was named Hamburg High School Best Athlete in 1959; won varsity basketball letters as a junior and senior 

    In 1968 was selected by the Vernon Township Board of Education to be the districtís first Physical Education teacher; was responsible for developing the Physical Education program for grades 1 through 8 and the intramural program for grades 5 through 8; also coached 7th and 8th grade basketball 

    In 1973 was appointed Athletic Director and baseball coach at Vernon High School; he developed and maintained the Athletic and Physical Education program; he remained AD until 1995 

    He was a charter member of the SCIL ADís and served as President of the League for three years and Secretary for three years; helped develop the original SCIL Charter and was the last remaining Charter Member to retire; he was also a Charter Member of the Vernon Township Recreation Commission 

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