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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.


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 )
Badger hockey fans can view 13 games
By Gary Ridderbusch

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will continue a long tradition of broadcasting University of Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey games this fall with a schedule of 13 games to be aired on The Wisconsin Channel.
This year’s schedule will feature two games broadcast live on the statewide network, along with 11 tape-delayed broadcasts of hockey action.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:44 AM
Hockey hall to induct Caufield, Kennedy, Nelson and Robinson
By Gary Ridderbusch

Four individuals dedicated to the sport of hockey will be inducted to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in Eagle River this Saturday, Sept. 10.
Those named include Wayne Caufield of Greendale, Jerry Kennedy of Madison, Gregg Nelson of Randolph and Mary Ann Robinson of Manitowoc, the first woman to be inducted into the hall of fame. These four individuals and their families will be the guests of honor at ceremonies planned for Eagle River.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 2:14 PM
Training, conditioning can help prevent injuries
By Gary Ridderbusch

With the school year starting this week, it also means back-to-fall sports for many student athletes.  Many high school athletes have returned to the strenuous sports, such as football, soccer, volleyball and cross-country after a summer of relaxing.
But many younger students also participate in sports during the fall, including club activities for football, soccer and cheerleading.
According to Dr. Dalie Krakowsky, podiatrist, Marshfield Clinic Minocqua, proper training and

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:03 AM
Y Scramble to benefit Strong Kids Campaign
By Gary Ridderbusch

There is one way to help more youths and adults get involved in YMCA programs. That’s by participating in the YMCA of the Northwoods-Eagle River Branch’s third annual “Y Scramble” golf event.
The four-person best-ball scramble will take place Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Eagle River Golf Course. The entry fee is $85 per person, $65 per person if an Eagle River Golf Club member, and will include 18 holes, cart, lunch, and dinner. Participants can register as a team or individually.
All proceeds will go to the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign, a financial assistance program which

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:20 PM

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