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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.


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
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 )

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