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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.


Area vets to be honored during ‘Military Night’

While the Northland Pines and Three Lakes boys and girls basketball teams will be battling in a nonconference doubleheader this Saturday, Dec. 3, in the fieldhouse at Northland Pines High School, the games will have special meeting in another way.
The evening is being billed as “Military Night,” with the teams and fans honoring area veterans at the basketball game with a military presentation, according to Northland Pines boys basketball coach Ryan Clark.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:34 PM
Hockey teams helping The Salvation Army

All 125 boys and girls high school hockey teams in Wisconsin, including the Northland Pines Eagles, and their fans are welcome to compete in the fourth annual Hockey Against Hunger fundraiser for The Salvation Army.

Teams will battle in an online Red Kettle competition at to win cash prizes for their end-of-season banquets. The three teams that raise the most funds will receive a $1,000 first prize, a $750 second prize and a $500 third prize sponsored by Ministry Health Care. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:05 PM
New season under way for Eagle hockey team
By Gary Ridderbusch

The changing of the season from fall to winter also means a new season for high school sports, with hockey getting under way first for players and coaches.
There were some exciting sports stories during the fall, including the Northland Pines football team completing its second season in the Western Peninsula Athletic Conference and making the playoffs.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:46 PM
All-star basketball event draws nearly 100 youths
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Northland Pines Basketball Association (NPBA) held its first-ever Northwoods All-Star Event last Saturday and, by all indications, it was a great success.
Boys and girls in second through eighth grade, from across the North Woods, were welcome to participate. Almost 100 event registrations were received for five basketball skills events and, at the end of the evening, the North Woods crowned the first-ever all stars.
Lexi Smith and Kevin Gautier, both from the Northland Pines School District, took home the big hardware, winning most valuable player awards in the first Northwoods All-Star Event.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 7:47 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 08, 2011 8:00 PM )
State volleyball field includes Tomahawk
By Gary Ridderbusch

The 39th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Volleyball State Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
The single-elimination tournament features matches with a best-of-five-games, rally-scoring format. Eight teams will play for the State title in Division 1, with four teams still in contention for the State crown in Divisions 2, 3 and 4. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session.
The Division 2 field is of interest for local volleyball fans, as Tomahawk, champions of the Great Northern Conference this season, will be making its third appearance in the State Tournament.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:52 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 01, 2011 3:18 PM )
Pines basketball event to benefit future stars
By Gary Ridderbusch

Many college basketball teams kick off the season with special events for the fans on the first night of practice as a way to build excitement for the upcoming season.
Locally, the Northland Pines Basketball Association (NPBA) is trying to build interest and excitement in the basketball program at Northland Pines High School, as well as the lower grades in the school district.
The NPBA will host its first Northwoods Basketball All-Star Event Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Northland Pines High School field house for boys and girls in second to eighth grades.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:49 PM
Thomas Smart honored for sports and service
By Gary Ridderbusch

Thomas Smart, well known in the Eagle River area for his involvement in education, youth sports and other activities, was recently inducted into the Bronco Hall of Fame at Union Grove High School.
The hall of fame was established to honor former students, teams coaches, advisors, teachers and administrators who had participated in the school’s athletics a minimum of three years and have given meritorious service to the school and their community, and distinguished themselves in their

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 1:53 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 18, 2011 1:57 PM )
Older hockey players invited to lace ’em up
By Gary Ridderbusch

Just like the good old days, a group of Eagle River men and women are lacing up their skates and spending some time on the ice at the Eagle River Sports Arena.
Men and women ice skaters of any age are welcome to participate in an Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) adult hockey program weekdays, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. It’s called the Noontime Hockey League (NHL).
According to coordinator Michael Eder, hockey experience is not necessary to join the group and

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:40 PM
It was a great weekend for Wisconsin sports fans

If you are a Wisconsin sports fan, you were in sports heaven last weekend following four huge victories by professional and college teams from the Badger State.
Heading into the weekend, there was plenty of excitement as the Milwaukee Brewers were playing in the National Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in two games at Miller Park, the Wisconsin Badgers were hosting Nebraska in a Big Ten

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 3:06 PM
Pines hockey alumni donate another $6,000
Pines hockey alumni supporters, from left, David Cox, Tom Obrodovich and Al Gieger present a $6,000 check to ERRA President bob McDonald in the new locker room.  --STAFF PHOTO

By Gary Ridderbusch

Northland Pines hockey alumni recently donated $6,000 to the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) for a long overdue facilities improvement.
“We have earmarked these monies to replace and update the heaters in rink two, affectionately tabbed ‘the Cube,’ ” said alumni representative Al Geiger.
The ERRA board of directors has already approved the purchase of six new heaters with the donation and are awaiting their arrival in October for installation.
“I am amazed each year with the commitment from our alumni and their willingness to come back and spend a day at the Dome. It is great to see old teammates and coaches get together year

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:07 PM )

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