A graduate member of the Tomahawk High School Class of 1974, participating in football, track and wrestled all four years. He also played baseball for three years and skated for the hockey team one season.
Dennis earned ten letters in his fifteen sporting seasons at Tomahawk. He lettered three times in football and baseball, twice in wrestling along with one time in both hockey and track. Additional honors include two All Conference awards in football, Channel 7 Honorable Mention in football, and he was a member of the 1972 baseball team that was conference champions, regional champions, sectional champions and state qualifiers.
His leadership qualities resulted in his peers voting him Most Valuable Player in football as a senior. Dennis was also on the Student Council for two years, Class Vice President for two years, Lettermen’s Club Vice President and Lettermen’s Club Treasurer and Secretary.
After high school, Dennis played football for two years at UW-LaCrosse, receiving the Freshman Defensive Player of the Year Award. After college, Dennis moved to Alaska where he was an assistant high school wrestling coach and a youth baseball coach where he helped to develop the league and playing facilities.