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Gary Ridderbusch

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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.


It’s March Madness for basketball fans
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s March Madness for basketball fans as the 97th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Basketball State Championships will take place Thursday through Saturday, March 15-17, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
In addition, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament gets under way, with both Wisconsin and Marquette making the tournament field.
The fourth-seeded Badgers will face 13th-seeded Montana in the East Regional this Thursday, March 15, at 1:10 p.m. Third-seeded Marquette will play 14th-seeded Brigham Young, also on Thursday at 1:45 p.m., in the West Regional.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:23 PM
It’s time for WIAA to end large co-ops
By Gary Ridderbusch

It was the same old story at last weekend’s Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Hockey State Championships at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison as large co-op teams dominated the field.
The field included the Onalaska co-op, Kettle Morraine co-op, Hayward/Spooner co-op and the D.C. Everest co-op, better known as the Central Wisconsin Storm. The Storm, for example, has players from Mosinee, D.C. Everest, Wausau West and Wausau East high schools — a total enrollment of  more than 5,000 students.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 11:01 AM
It’s perfect time to train for Journeys
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced the 16th annual Journeys Marathon will return to the scenic back roads of Vilas County Saturday, May 12.
Now is the perfect time to start training and get signed up to participate in one of the four events, offering s something for everyone — both competitively and non-competitively. Registration brochures are now available.
Presently, more than 150 runners are already entered in Journeys Marathon, voted one of the Top 5 “Best-kept Marathon Secrets” by Runners World magazine.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:24 AM
Snomo hall of famers to be inducted Saturday
By Gary Ridderbusch

Four people with a background in snowmobiling will be inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) in St. Germain this Saturday, Feb. 18.
Lifelong North Woods businessman and club volunteer Larry Bosacki of Minocqua will be among the four new inductees. The others include Joey Hallstrom of Thief River Falls, Minn.; Toni Haikonen of Finland; and Marcell Fountaine of Quebec, Canada.
The induction banquet will follow the daylong celebrity trail ride, now in its 29th year, known as the Ride With The Champs (RWTC), sponsored by Modine HotDawg Garage Heaters of Racine.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:10 PM
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 )

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