There is an old saying that "When the going gets tough, the
tough get going." That's exactly what Mark
Kasperovich did in 1979 as he led the Mohawks tennis
team to the State College Championship. Coach Ellingwood said "We
have a very strong team this year. With Kasperovich winning the
first match, it allows other players to play on their own level.
Otherwise, a number two or three player would have to move up to
play number one, and would find himself in a tough position. The
number one player is the secret to a successful team and Mark
Kasperovich certainly plays to those standards." This number one
player was rewarded for his efforts by being named Most Valuable
Player of the men's tennis team for four consecutive seasons.
Mark carried those standards not only in his athletic pursuits, but in his academic pursuits as well. Mark's excellence was not limited to the tennis court, but was also recognized academically as well. Mark received the Louis Parisien Memorial Award in 1978-79. This award is given annually to the outstanding student athlete who demonstrates excellence in academics as well as athletics. During his senior year, Mark was also recognized as a Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities .