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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.


Elbe headed for Bemidji; Ferber to play at Oshkosh
By Gary Ridderbusch

Mitchell Elbe, a senior at Northland Pines High School,  signed a national letter of intent last week to play college football at Division II Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn., next fall.
Elbe was a three-year, two-way starter for Northland Pines. He was voted first team all-conference on the offensive line in the Western Peninsula Athletic Conference (WestPAC) both his junior and senior years.  He was named most valuable lineman for the Eagles both his junior and senior years, and was also a team captain his senior year.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 11:30 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 07, 2012 3:04 PM )
WIAA gives approval for 8-player football
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control has approved a number of recommendations that will impact fall sports, including the establishment of eight-player football as an association-sponsored sport beginning next season.
Schools with a three-year enrollment average of 200 or less are eligible for the eight-player offering, which re­quires a two-year commitment and will feature an end-of-the-season jamboree scheduled in Week 11, coinciding with Level 3 of the football playoffs.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:47 PM
Volunteers needed for pond hockey event
By Gary Ridderbusch

Holy pond hockey pucks! A record 278 teams from more than two-dozen states have already registered for the LaBatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships to be held on Dollar Lake in Eagle River Feb. 10-12.
Now in its seventh year, this event continues to grow in popularity. The inaugural event was held in 2006 and had 40 teams participate. Last year’s event drew 250 teams.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 4:37 PM
Selig has been leader for professional baseball
By Gary Ridderbusch

It was a good move last week when Major League Baseball (MLB)?Club owners voted to extend the contract of Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig through the 2014 season.
The Executive Council placed the two-year extension in nomination after requesting of Selig that he remain in the position past the expiration of his contract Dec. 31, 2012.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 4:18 PM
Packers’ offense key to Super Bowl run
By Gary Ridderbusch

It seems like it was just a month or two ago that  Green Bay Packers fans were celebrating the Packers stunning playoff run and Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now the Packers are starting down the road to their second-straight Super Bowl berth and will host the New York Giants in the second round of the NFL playoffs this Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3:30 p.m. The Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the wildcard round of the playoffs last weekend while the Packers got a first-round bye.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:53 PM )
Pines football, Jays softball among top stories in 2011
By Gary Ridderbusch

There were many exciting local sports stories for high school teams and individual athletes during 2011. The following were some of the highlights of the past year.
1. The Northland Pines football team finished in second place in the WestPAC Conference with a 4-2 mark. The Eagles were 6-3 overall, but fell to Green Bay Notre Dame in the first round of the WIAA play-offs. It was the Eagles’ first home playoff game in five years. Eagles junior running back Austin Ramesh finished the season with 2,263 rushing yards on 222 carries and was named the league’s offensive player of the year. He had 19 rushing touchdowns in 10 games.
2. The Three Lakes Bluejays softball team finished the regular season with a 17-1 record and were co-champions of the Northern Lakes Conference with Laona-Wabeno. The Lady Jays defeated Florence 1-0 in the first round of the WIAA?playoffs before falling to Wausaukee 2-1. Junior pitcher Zana Lorbetske was named the Northern Lakes Conference player of the year.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012 4:09 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 03, 2012 4:10 PM )
Snomo Hall of Fame to induct Larry Bosacki
By Gary Ridderbusch

Lifelong North Woods businessman and club volunteer Larry Bosacki of Minocqua will be among the four new inductees into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF)  Saturday, Feb. 18.
The other 2012 inductees will include Joel Hallstrom of Thief River Falls, Minn.; Toni Haikonen of Finland; and Marcell Fountaine of Quebec, Canada.
The Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum are located on Highway 70 West in St. Germain.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:42 PM
Badgers great for fans and Wisconsin economy
By Gary Ridderbusch

It is a good time to be a Wisconsin sports fan.
The Milwaukee Brewers won a divisional title in baseball and made it to the second round of the playoffs. The Green Bay Packers also are headed for a divisional title and have clinched a playoff spot.
And the Wisconsin Badgers football team won its second consecutive Big Ten Conference championship in a thrilling game against Michigan State earlier this month.
The 10th-ranked Badgers will play Oregon in the Rose Bowl Jan. 2. It’s the second straight year, and the fourth time since 1999, that Wisconsin will be playing in the Rose Bowl.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:45 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:29 PM )
Ball misses out on Heisman, but Rose Bowl on horizon

While Wisconsin’s Monte Ball did not win the Heisman Trophy during Saturday’s award ceremony in New York, the star running back joined two other Badger legends — Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne — as a finalist.
In the end, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the award recognizing college football’s top player, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was second, Alabama running back Trent Richards was third and Ball finished fourth in voting.
Badger running backs are known to take home the hardware, as Ameche won the Heisman Trophy in 1954, and Dayne joined the exclusive Heisman fraternity in 1999.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6:45 PM
YMCA offering activities during the winter months

The YMCA of the Northwoods is offering a variety of activities for adults and youths during the winter months, including adult recreation leagues and youth gymnastics.
The YMCA’s Rhinelander branch recently announced it will host adult basketball and volleyball leagues this winter season. League games will begin the week of Jan. 9 and will continue through April, while games are set to run from 6 to 10 p.m., depending on the number of teams signed up for the league.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:32 PM

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