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Gary Ridderbusch

Sports Sidelines


Gary Ridderbusch has been a sportswriter for more than 20 years.
He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.

 



Fall sports start for area athletes
By Gary Ridderbusch

While area high school students won’t head back to classes until after Labor Day, athletic teams at Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps are already back on the practice and game fields and courts.

Most teams started captains practices in late July and early August, and by the second week of August many teams had started organized workouts with their coaches. For some players, it’s meant meeting new coaches and adjusting to new philosophies and coaching styles.

The fall sports season means football, boys soccer,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:01 AM
 
Area bowling leagues getting ready for season
By Gary Ridderbusch

The bowling season is just around the corner, which means leagues will be having organizational meetings.

Stephen Janssen, a longtime bowler and organizer of leagues in this area, says he has some tips for new and existing members.

First, don’t wait until the last minute.

“Existing members should get in touch with each

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:07 AM
 
Kuklinski brothers headed to hockey hall
By Gary Ridderbusch

The board of directors of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame has selected three individuals for induction into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in September.

Tom, Gary and Jeff Kuklin­ski will follow a pioneer of Wisconsin hockey, their late father, Florian Kuklinski, a 1979 inductee into the Hall of Fame.

The name Kuklinski has long been associated with

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:56 AM
 
Brett Favre deserves Packers Hall of Fame
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced Monday that it will induct former Packers quarterback Brett Favre at the 45th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet to be held the evening of July 18, 2015. All I can say is: It’s about time.

The event also will feature the retirement of No. 4 by the Packers organization. Favre’s name and No. 4 subsequently will be unveiled inside Lambeau Field on the north façade during a ceremony at a to-be-determined game during the 2015 season.

The joint announcement took place at the site of the new Packers Hall of Fame,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:33 PM
 
Triathlon to test area athletes Aug. 9
By Gary Ridderbusch

Area athletes of all ages are invited to join hundreds of triathletes in the “See Me Tri” Minocqua Triathlon Saturday, Aug. 9. The event will start on the edge of Clear Lake in Woodruff at 8 a.m.

Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care are teaming up to be co-title sponsors for the triathlon that  raises funds for many worthy organizations.

The swim, bike and run courses will challenge athletes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:55 AM
 
Registration to begin for 10th hockey event
By Gary Ridderbusch

Wow! Can you believe that the 2015 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey National Pond Hockey Tournament will be the 10th on the Dollar Lake ice near Eagle River?

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center announced that registration for the 10th annual pond hockey tournament on Dollar Lake Feb. 6-8 will open at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 23.

Entries into the tournament will be on a first-come,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:39 PM
 
Packers Pro Shop ready for season
By Gary Ridderbusch

The new Packers Pro Shop, located in the Lambeau Field Atrium’s expanded lobby level, will host a grand opening celebration this Thursday, July 17, a sign that the Green Bay Packers season is just around the corner.

The Packers will open the preseason schedule Aug. 9 against the Tennessee Titans at historic Lambeau Field. The regular season starts Sept. 4 at Seattle.

The Packers Pro Shop is a  one-of-a-kind shopping experience for pro football fans from across Wisconsin.

“There’s so much to see,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:14 PM
 
WIAA makes changes that impact regulations
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control convened for its annual summer meeting and acted on coaches advisory committee recommendations for basketball, football player-on-player contact policy and hockey replay that impact the 2014-’15 season regulations.

Six of the recommendations made in basketball received board approval. A six-quarter waiver will be provided to programs that have 12 or fewer players across two levels beginning in 2014-’15. Also passed were provisions to increase the number of games for freshman-only teams from 20 to 22

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:51 PM
 
Pines hall to induct 3 individuals, team
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it will induct a stand-out athlete, a golf coach, a long-time sports supporter and a football team to the hall Friday, Aug. 22.

The athlete to be inducted is 1985 graduate Dennis Snedden, along with former golf coach Rollie Christensen and supporter Jerry “Bucky” Burkett. They will be joined by the 1981 football team at the 2014 induction ceremony and other festivities.

Snedden was a key member of the 1984 State Champion Northland Pines hockey team. After high school, he spent two years playing Junior A hockey for the Madison Capitols where he was an All-Star both seasons. He then earned a hockey scholarship at the University

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:48 AM
 
Two sports parents retire bleacher seats
By Gary Ridderbusch

Our lives have officially changed.

Last Wednesday evening was the Northland Pines girls soccer team’s end-of-season banquet and I soon realized attending the dinner was my last official duty as a high school sports parent.

For the past seven years, my wife, Sue, and I have been on the sports trail, watching and supporting our two children during their high school athletic careers. Both our children were three-sport athletes at Northland Pines. Our son, Taylor, played soccer, basketball and baseball, while our daughter, Carly, competed in volleyball, basketball and soccer. It was Carly’s soccer banquet that brought it all to an end.

The combination of their high school careers spanned seven years,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:36 PM
 
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