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Paul Friesen is Top Gun at the 9TH Annual Milt McPike Memorial Skeet Shoot

posted May 31, 2017, 10:45 AM by Henry Duwe   [ updated May 31, 2017, 10:46 AM ]
April 29, 2017
By Lee Thomas

The Milt McPike Memorial Skeet Shoot (April 29, 2017) signals the beginning of registered skeet shooting for Wisconsin’s skeet shooters. Saturday’s weather was a little finicky.  I overheard a shooter say, “It’s always cold during this shoot.”  That was an understatement.  It was also windy, cloudy and wet. Then someone pointed out,” You can get frostbitten and sunburned all in the same month in Wisconsin.” (Henry wasn’t wearing his standard sandals and socks)

When the 9AM bell rang, twenty-five shooters, mostly from Bristol and Sauk Prairie, put on their winter shooting coats, gloves and hooded sweatshirts (Except for Jack Duwe who wore only a short sleeve shirt) to compete in the 50 target, five-gun event.

In the 12-gauge event Paul Friesen and Lee Thomas shot off a pair of 49’s with Thomas emerging as champ with Friesen taking AA1.  Henry Duwe was A1, Greg Schweppe was B1, Jack Duwe was C1, Ross Petty was D1 and Steve Hutchings was E1.

When the 20-gauge smoke settled, Gary Wehlage and Paul Friesen posted a pair of 50’s.  Wehlage wasn’t around for the shoot-off and Friesen was Ch.  Henry Duwe and Jenny Notstad turned in a pair of 49’s; AA1 went to Duwe and A1 went to Notstad.  Gary Wehlage took B1, Robert St Clair took C1, Ross Petty took C2, and Brett Mittelstaedt took D1.

By the time the little guns made their way to the front of the classroom, it was starting to rain and the wind had gained momentum.   But that didn’t stop Jeff Varney and Paul Friesen from shooting 50’s in the 28-gauge event.  Varney bested Friesen in a shoot-off to lock-up first place with Friesen taking AA1. Rounding off the remainder of the field, Henry Duwe was A1, Jenny Notstad was B1, Lee Thomas was C1 and Brett Mittelstaedt was D1.

Greg Schweppe and Paul Friesen posted a pair of 48’s in the .410 bore event with Schweppe emerging as CH.  Henry Duwe was AA1, Friesen was A1, Lee Thomas was B1 and Brett Mittelstaedt was C1.

Mark Reichow’s 48 was enough to seal the deal for doubles.  Paul Friesen’s 46 earned him A1.  Jeff Varney took B1, Jenny Notstad was C1 and Brett Mittelstaedt was D1.
Paul Friesen was the HOA CH with 197, Henry Duwe was A1 with 191, Greg Schweppe was B1 with 189, Lee Thomas was C1 and Brett Mittelstaedt took D1.
In the HAA event Paul Friesen was CH with a 243, Jeff Varney was A1 with a 236, Greg Schweppe was B1 with 233, Jack Duwe was C1 with 218, and Brett Mittelstaedt’s 221 earned him the D1 spot.

ABOUT MILT MCPIKE:  The Milt McPike Memorial Skeet Shoot is name in honor of Milton McPike was an American educator, a San Francisco 49ers football player, and the principal of Madison East High School for 23 years. He also served on the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.    East was established in 1922, making it the oldest public high school still operating in Madison. Long viewed as a school attended by students from blue-collar families who were themselves destined for the trades, East High School was transformed by McPike's relentless insistence on respect yourself, respect others and academic excellence. In 1989, the U.S. Department of Education chose East High School as a National High School of Excellence. In 1990, Reader's Digest placed McPike among 10 American Heroes in Education.”

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. 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.

McPike was avid skeet shooter at Middleton and later at Sauk Prairie.  He and his side-kick, Lee Thomas, started shooting skeet at Middleton Sportsmen Club in 1992.  The two of them could be found shooting with Chuck Dorn, and anyone they could learn from.  When Middleton closed, they began shooting at Sauk Prairie. For Milt, the acquisition of shotguns, showing them to fellow-shooters, shooting them for a while , and then trading them for another gun was what he loved.