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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.


Journeys provides inspirational stories
By Gary Ridderbusch

The 18th annual Journeys Marathon, sponsored by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center last Saturday, featured many inspirational stories of runners of all ages.

Some runners completed their first marathon while others established personal goals for the time it took them to complete the 26.2-mile course from near Boulder Junction to Eagle River or the 13.1-mile half marathon course.

The race also included a runner from Peshtigo, who ran his 99th full marathon competing at Journeys. Chad Counard will run his 100th marathon this weekend.

At the Journeys, the 54-year-old Counard finished 46th

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:03 AM
Spectators urged to support runners
By Gary Ridderbusch

Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 18th annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 10.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced that more than 800 runners from more than a dozen states have already registered for the Journeys Marathon, to be held on the back roads of Vilas County.

Journeys Marathon will spring into action Friday night,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:59 AM
Top scholar athletes to be honored May 4
By Gary Ridderbusch

Wisconsin’s 32 top scholar athletes, 16 senior girls and 16 senior boys from public and nonpublic high schools, have been selected as the 2014 State Scholar Athlete recipients by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).

These individuals, who achieved the top combined classroom and sports performances during their four years in high school, were selected as winners for the 31st annual 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Awards underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.

To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:24 AM
Private schools face closer look from WIAA
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) is starting to make some progress when it comes to private schools dominating tournament play.

The membership of the WIAA voted to move the discussion regarding the impact of private schools on the association to committee at its annual meeting last week in Stevens Point.

While an amendment that would have applied a 1.65 multiplier to private member schools for tournament divisional placements did not reach a vote, the membership voted to send the issue to committee by a 352-77 count. The amendment originated from a petition submitted

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:04 AM
Volunteers needed for annual Journeys
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center will soon host its 18th annual Journeys Marathon and is seeking volunteers.

The event, which annually draws about 1,000 runners and walkers to the area, needs volunteers Friday and Saturday, May 9-10.

“We are looking for volunteers to participate in a variety of ways and to volunteer for just a couple of hours or as many hours as they would like to give,” said Eagle River chamber events coordinator Kim Emerson.

On Friday, May 9, volunteers can assist

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:54 PM
It’s time to start training for five Journeys events
By Gary Ridderbusch

With most area back roads finally free of ice and snow, there is plenty of time to train for one of the five events at Journeys Marathon.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center will host the 18th annual Journeys Mara­thon Saturday, May 10.

It’s been a long, cold winter, maybe one of the worst on record, so getting out to run or walk on North Woods roads is a breath of fresh air. You might consider turning that daily outing into a training session for the Journeys.

Registration brochures are now available,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:45 AM
Badgers headed to the Final Four
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s a great time to be a Wisconsin basketball fan, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in overtime in a physical West Region final Saturday night to reach the Final Four.

The No. 2-seed Badgers (30-7) will make their first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory.

Wisconsin will now face No. 8 seed Kentucky (28-10), a young team that defeated Michigan 75-72 in the Midwest Regional Sunday. The other half of the Final Four bracket features No. 1 seed Florida (36-2) from the South Regional against No. 7 seed Connecticut

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:37 AM
Herfindahl rips up cross-country series

By Gary Ridderbusch


Eighteen-year-old Zach Herfindahl of Eagle River had another outstanding season, racing in the USXC Series — a snowmobile cross-country racing circuit that provides ice and terrain for racers across the Midwest.

Herfindahl, a Northland Pines senior and son of Sue and Greg Herfindahl, races for Arctic Cat on the Christian Brothers Racing team out of Fertile, Minn.

The USXC Series hosted eight events, all held in Minnesota, and included the I-500, a premier three-day, 500-mile cross-country race held in Thief River Falls, Minn. Zach competes in both the Pro Openand Pro 600 Stock classes. Most of the pro

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:46 AM | Updated ( Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:05 AM )
Girls state hoops teams headed to Green Bay
By Gary Ridderbusch

The 39th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Basketball State Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

This is the second time the girls basketball State Tournament will be conducted in Green Bay.

For those who want to make the trip, ticket price for the tourney is $10 per session when purchased at the Resch Center. Tickets for the tournament will also be available for purchase online at the Ticket Star website at

The State Tournament will be televised

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:01 AM
Seasons come to end for girls hoops teams
By Gary Ridderbusch

The winter sports season officially came to an end for Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps athletes and fans last Friday and Saturday as all three schools finished tournament play.

Girls basketball teams at all three schools participated in Regional tournament action last week, but none of the teams reached this weekend’s Sectional.

The Three Lakes girls, coached by Michele Brown, made a nice run in the tournament in Division 5, advancing to the Regional final with wins over Florence and Suring. The Lady Jays then faced Goodman-Pembine and lost to the Northern Lakes Conference foe in the Regional final.

The Northland Pines girls were seeded second in their Regional,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:01 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:02 PM )

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