Gerald (Skip) Wick
Skip graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1948, lettering 3 years in football, basketball and track. During his senior year, Skip qualified for the State track meet in the pole vault. He was a two-way starter on the football team that won 3 consecutive conference championships in 1945, ‘46, and ’47, playing wide receiver and linebacker/defensive back. During his football career, Skip scored on many long pass plays as a receiver but it was as a defensive player that Skip really stood out. He was proficient at turnovers and turning them into scores for the Warriors. He was mentioned in several newspaper articles of the time as an outstanding tackler who was consistently in the opposing teams’ backfield “messing up their plays”. Skip was an integral member of the basketball team that also won 3 consecutive conference championships. Playing point guard in his senior year, Skip was the third leading scorer on the team. After graduation, Skip attended UW-Eau Claire, playing football for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving for 3 years mostly in Korea. He rose to Platoon Sergeant and was decorated for his service in the Korean War. After leaving the service, Skip returned to Wisconsin and enrolled at UW-Stout, playing football as a running back and defensive player. He was selected as Team MVP, elected Captain and was selected for All-Conference both years. After his college career was over, Skip was offered a tryout with the Chicago (Phoenix) Cardinals. He turned down the opportunity and stayed at UW-Stout as an Assistant Football Coach. In 1958, Skip moved to Hurley, Wisconsin as a teacher and football coach, serving many years as a JV and Varsity Coach. In 2011 Skip Wick was inducted into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2012 was inducted into the Hurley High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Skip and his wife Ginny currently reside in Hurley, Wisconsin.