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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.


Boosted by girls sports, participation increased
By Gary Ridderbusch

As I was checking out the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) website this week, I noticed an interesting article about high school sports participation being at an all-time high nationally.
Boosted by continued growth in several girls sports, the article states that participation in high school sports increased for the 23rd consecutive year in 2011-’12. The figures were from the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:29 PM
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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 3:25 PM
Area martial artists qualify for Team USA
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Jon Barker and returning gold medalists Katrina Maki and Adam Kope will represent the United States in Moscow, Russia, in a quest for gold at the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) 2012 Senior World Championship Oct. 10-13.
The 2011 team competed against more than 60 countries and secured the silver medal.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 5:41 PM
Local YMCA is choice for visiting NFL player
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River Branch of the YMCA of the Northwoods continues to attract athletes in search of a top-level training facility.
When former Wisconsin Badgers football player and Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft pick Kevin Zeitler planned his vacation in Eagle River this summer, he searched for a gym to continue his training during his trip.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:56 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:57 PM )
Fans can experience Packers training camp
By Gary Ridderbusch

With the Milwaukee Brewers falling into a midseason slump, it might be time for North Woods sports fans to turn their attention to football.
That’s right. The Green Bay Packers’ Ray Nitschke Field will greet players and fans alike this Thursday afternoon, July 26, for the opening of the 67th edition of training camp. Twenty practices are scheduled through Aug. 30.

According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night presented by Bellin Health, will attract an estimated 100,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries from July 26 through the final open practice Aug. 30. It’s an opportunity for Packers fans to watch their team prepare for the 2012-’13 season.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:22 PM
Pines Hall of Fame to induct four Aug. 31
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it will induct three standout athletes and a longtime supporter of Eagle athletic programs to the hall Aug. 31.
The three athletes to be inducted are 1987 graduate Chris Hartwig, 1984 graduate Kelly (O’Brien) Lacko and 1966 graduate Tom Martens. Allan Geiger, a longtime supporter of the Pines hockey program, will be inducted in the citation category.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 3:05 PM
Hughes presented Positive Athlete Award
By Gary Ridderbusch

Northland Pines High School senior Brett Hughes was recently recognized for being a positive athlete on and off the field.
Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings hosted the inaugural Wisconsin Positive High School Athlete Awards presented by the Rotary Clubs of Wisconsin June 15 at Lambeau Field.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 3:02 PM
Outdoor recreation changing in state
By Gary Ridderbusch

Whether it’s bicycling, adventure racing, kayaking, camping or visiting a dog park, the state wants to learn more about your outdoor recreation interests.
More than 85% of Wisconsin residents report they are involved with some type of outdoor recreation in the state, according to the most recent data compiled as part of a regular five-year review of outdoor recreation participation and demand in Wisconsin.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012 4:07 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 03, 2012 4:08 PM )
Moonshine Run set in Eagle River
By Gary Ridderbusch

The YMCA of the Northwoods will host its fourth annual Midnight Moonshine 5K Fun Run Saturday, July 7, beginning at the intersection of Wall and Railroad streets in downtown Eagle River.
The run is one of two fundraisers for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which provides youths and  families with scholarships for YMCA?programs and memberships.
Registration that day is set to begin at 9:30 p.m., with entertainment slated for 10 p.m. followed by the race at midnight. Yes, midnight!
Early registration for the race costs $25, but racers can register the day of the event for $35.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:36 PM
Hodag Run to benefit Strong Kids campaign
By Gary Ridderbusch

Prior to the Moonshine run July 7 in downtown Eagle River, the streets of Rhine­lander will come alive with running shoes Saturday, June 30, as the YMCA of the Northwoods will host the Hodag Run For Your Life 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run.
Now in its sixth year, the race attracts hundreds of area residents and summer visitors. The race benefits the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign, which ensures that no one is turned away from the YMCA due to lack of ability to pay.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:52 PM

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