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posted Jun 29, 2018, 7:10 AM by Henry Duwe   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 7:10 AM ]
By Lee Thomas
June 27, 2018

As late April approaches in Wisconsin, skeet shooters start thinking of warmer weather, and sun shine.  In the skeet shooting community, it marks the end of hibernation (unless, of course, you were fortunate to go south or west) and the beginning of registered skeet shooting in Wisconsin.  It’s the time to find your skeet gun, dust it off, get re-acquainted, and become one again.

The start of registered skeet shooting in Wisconsin begins with the Milt McPike Memorial Skeet Shoot held on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  The forecast called for temperatures in the 60’s.  That would have been great.  But then again, we live in Wisconsin.  It was no where near 60 degrees.  It didn’t matter, we got our guns, put on extra layers, took to the fields and had an awesome time, all 14 of us.

In the 12-gauge event, Paul Friesen took AA with 50 with Henry Duwe was AA1 with 46.  Gary Wipperfurth’s 44 took A1. In Class B Jeff Renk’s 49 earned him B1; Greg Schweppe (48) was B2 and Jenny Notstad (45) was B3.  In Class C Robert St Clair’s (44) took C1, Woody Niles (42) earned C2 and Lee Thomas (37) earned C3.  In Class D Tyler Ruhland took D1 with a 49; D2 went to Joshua Corbin with 44, Tom Schumacher took D3 with a 43 and Tim Asp turned in a 43 for the top spot in Class E.

A pair of 50’s was shot-off in the 20-gauge event by Paul Friesen and Gary Wipperfurth.  Wipperfurth emerged as Champ with Friesen taking AA1.  Henry Duwe took A1 with a 49, Greg Schweppe’s 48 earned him B1, Bob St. Clair’s 46 was C1, and Tom Schumacher was D1 with a 42.

Gary Wipperfurth bested all shooters in the 28-gauge event with a 49 to take the top spot.  Paul Friesen’s 47 took AA1.  Greg Schweppe and Jenny Notstad shot-off a pair of 46’s for the top spot in Class A.  When the target stopped flying, Schweppe was the victor.  Jeff Renk was
B1 with 46, Woody Niles was C1 with 47 and Steve Hutchings was D1 with 42.

Paul Friesen was top gun in the .410 Bore event with a 49.  Henry Duwe took A1 with a 46.  Woody Niles shot a 47 to take Class B. The Doubles Event saw Paul Friesen’s 50 earn first place.  Gary Wipperfurth shot a 48 to take A1.  Henry Duwe was B1 with a 48, and Jeff Renk was C1 with 48.

Paul Friesen was HOA (4 guns) with 196 and HAA (5 guns) with a 246.

ABOUT MILT MCPIKE:  The Milt McPike Memorial Skeet Shoot is name 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. He also served on the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.    East High School was established in 1922, making it the oldest public high school still operating in Madison, Wisconsin. 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 getting shooting lessons from Chuck Dorn, and anyone else they could learn from.  When Middleton closed, they began shooting at Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet Club. 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 most.  The Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet Club is honored to have had the opportunity to share our time with Milt McPike.  A bench, dedicated in his spirit, sits adjacent to field 5 as a testament to him.