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posted May 16, 2016, 10:32 AM by Henry Duwe   [ updated May 16, 2016, 10:35 AM ]


April 30, 2016
By Lee Thomas

The weather forecast for the 6th Annual Milt McPike Memorial Shoot didn’t look very promising Saturday morning.  The sky was supposed to open up at noon and the rain was to continue all afternoon and into Sunday morning.  But it didn’t happen that way.  The skeet gods held the rain off until early afternoon, 2 pm-ish, allowing most of the eighteen shooters to complete the five gun, fifty target shoot without getting wet.

Paul Freisen was the 12-gauge champion with a perfect score of 50, Mark Reichow was AA1 with a 49, Gary Wipperfurth was A1 also with a 49 while Jeff Varney’s 47 earned him A2.  B1 went to Henry Duwe with a 49, with B2 going to John Rowe with a 48.  Tom McDaniel’s 47 earned him the C1 title with C2 going to Aaron Reichow with a 46.  Lee Thomas took D1 with a 44 and Chip Felland earned the E1 spot with a 39. 

Two shooters, Mark Reichow and Paul Freisen, posted perfect scores for the 20-gauge event with Freisen emerging as CH and Reichow AA1. Henry Duwe’s 46 earned him AA2, Gary Wipperfurth’s 49 was A1, Greg Schweppe was B1 with 49, John Rowe (45) B2, C1 was Tim Asp with a 48 and C2 went to Jeff Renk who shot a 47.

Paul Freisen and Gary Wipperfurth both posted 49’s in the 28-gauge event.  After the targets were shot and counted Freisen was CH and Wipperfurth was AA1.  Henry Duwe’s 48 earned AA2, John Rowe’s 47 was A1, Greg Schweppe was A2 with 45 and Jeff Renk was B1 with 47.

In the .410 event Paul Freisen bested Gary Wipperfurth by two targets to take CH with a 48 and Wipperfurth settled into AA1.  Greg Schweppe turned in a 47 to take B1 and Henry Duwe was B2 with a 45.

Henry Duwe broke two birds more than Paul Freisen in the doubles event.  His 48 earned him CH with A1 going to Friesen.  Gary Wipperfurth took A2 with a 45, Jeff Varney was B1 with 44, John Rowe was B2 with 43 and Brett Mittelstaedt was D1 with 36.

Paul Friesen, HOA and HAA CH

In HOA. Paul Freisen’s four-gun score of 197 earned him the top spot.  Gary Wipperfurth took A1 with a score of 193, Henry Duwe took A2 with a 188, Greg Schweppe was B1 with 188, and Jeff Renk took B2 with 182.  Paul Freisen posted a 243 in HAA to take the five-gun event.  Gary Wipperfurth was A1 with 238, Henry Duwe was A2 with 236, Gregg Schweppe’s 229 took B1 and Jeff Renk was B2 with 224.

ABOUT MILT MCPIKE:  The Milt McPike Memorial Skeet Shoot is named in honor of Milton McPike who was an American educator, a San Francisco 49ers football player, and the principal of Madison East High School for 23 years. “Long viewed as a school attended by students from blue-collar families who were themselves destined for the trades, East was transformed by McPike's relentless insistence on academic excellence. In 1989, the U.S. Department of Education designated East High School as a National High School of Excellence. In 1990, Reader's Digest listed McPike among 10 American Heroes in Education.”

McPike served on the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin–Madison until his death on March 29, 2008.  McPike was born October 9, 1939 in Jacksonville, Illinois. He played high school football with boxer Ken Norton. He attended Northeast Missouri State University Teacher's College (now Truman State University) from 1958 to 1962. In 1962 he was a 12th-round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers. Following his NFL experience, McPike taught and coached sports for 11 years in Quincy, Illinois.

In 1974, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he served as vice principal of Madison West High School for five years. In 1979 he was appointed principal of Madison East High School.