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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.


Sports Sidelines
By Gary Ridderbusch

Rohr's canoe race has important cause

Jeff and Marcia Rohr, owners of Rohr’s Wilderness Tours in Conover, are preparing for the seventh annual Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race this Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12, to benefit children’s brain tumor research.
The Rohrs have raised more than $76,000 over the last six years and have funded three research programs. This year, the race proceeds will go to Dr. Tomita’s research program at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill.
“It’s a great feeling to know where our donated dollars go and to be making a real contribution to find a cure,” said Marcia Rohr.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 2:10 PM
Oldenburg Sports Park headed in right direction

Recreational facilities in the greater Eagle River area took a huge step forward with the dedication of Oldenburg Sports Park on Saturday.
While there have been youth soccer fields for many years at the Highway G site, the expansion of the park to include baseball and softball fields, additional soccer fields, expansive parking areas and a pavilion now make it a top-notch recreational facility.
Hats off to Wayne Oldenburg and the Vilas County Board for making it all happen with the assistance of the Headwaters Youth Soccer Association, United Northwoods Soccer and Eagle River Baseball. There were also

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:32 PM
Angel Golf Spectacular to feature three Packers
By Gary Ridderbusch

Teams can still register for the 15th annual Angel Golf Spectacular, a fundraising event for the Angel On My Shoulder program, set for Friday, June 10, at St. Germain Golf Club with three special guests.
The golf tournament will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m., with celebrity guests including former Green Bay Packers Gilbert Brown, William Henderson and Doug Evans, according to Lolly Rose, founder of Angel On My Shoulder.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 2:27 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 24, 2011 2:39 PM )
Oldenburg Sports Park to be dedicated May 28
By Gary Ridderbusch

A historic event will take place at noon in Eagle River Saturday, May 28. That’s when Oldenburg Sports Park, located at 5625 Highway G, will be dedicated.
The park is a collaborative effort between Vilas County and community-based sports clubs. The new Vilas County park was made possible by a 2009 contribution of $325,000 from Wayne Oldenburg, owner of Oldenburg Group.
The recreation facility is home to Headwaters Youth Soccer Association (HYSA), United Northwoods Soccer (UNS) and soon the Eagle River area youth baseball and adult softball programs. Oldenburg also committed another $10,000 for dugouts for the facility.
The park is currently leased by HYSA from the county for $1 per year. Through the middle of July, it is being used and maintained by UNS. UNS attracts players from across the county. Towns represented in the program are Eagle River, Phelps, Three Lakes, St. Germain, Conover, Land O’ Lakes, Lac du Flambeau, Arbor Vitae and Lake Tomahawk. The HYSA fall recreation program also includes players from Sugar Camp and the game schedule includes teams for the Minocqua/Arbor Vitae/Woodruff area club. The site will be host to a late-July Challenger Sport

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:20 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:31 PM )
Spectators are urged to support runners

Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 15th annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 14.
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced that more than 700 runners from 15 different states have registered for the Journeys Marathon, to be held on the back roads of Vilas County.
Journeys Marathon will spring into action Friday night, May 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. with runners’

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:53 PM
Girls golf program set in Eagle River
By Gary Ridderbusch

Girls in the greater Eagle River area interested in golf have a great opportunity to learn the game through a program planned this spring and summer at the Eagle River Golf Course.
The first session of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) U.S. Golf Association (USGA) girls golf program will take place Wednesday, June 15, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Eagle River Golf Course driving range.
Applications must be submitted by Sunday, May 15. Entry fees will cost $20 per child, which will

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 2:18 PM
Volunteers still needed for 15th annual Journeys
By Gary Ridderbusch

Journeys Marathon is set for Saturday, May 14, in Eagle River and community help is needed to make the 15th anniversary event the best one ever, according to Kim Emerson, events coordinator for the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center.
Volunteers are needed both on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, according to Emerson.
“Six volunteers are needed to help set up in Riverview Park at 8 a.m. Friday and three more volunteers are needed to help with registration set up at 3 p.m. Friday at Northland Pines High


Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:36 PM | Updated ( Friday, April 29, 2011 8:16 AM )
Hoosier basketball camp coming to Northland Pines
By Gary Ridderbusch

Basketball players of all ages will have an opportunity to improve their skills during the the Hoosier School of Basketball at the Northland Pines High School field house from July 5-7.
The basketball camp, directed by coach Woody Wilson, has been in operation for more than 29 years and is open to boys and girls entering grades four through 12.
Each camper will be provided with a basketball, which allows for more repetitions and skill development, according to Northland Pines boys basketball coach Ryan Clark, who helps

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:44 PM
Runners have 4 weeks to train for Journeys

With four weeks until the 15th annual Journeys Marathon set for Saturday, May 14, in Eagle River, there is still plenty of time to train for any of the four running and walking events.
And with the snow finally leaving North Woods back roads, now is the perfect time to be training and signing up to participate, according to Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce events coordinator Kim Emerson. Presently, more than 300 runners are entered in the events.
Journeys Marathon, voted one of the top 5 “Best-Kept Marathon Secrets” by Runners World

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:33 PM
Moline ranked 10th on snowboarding tour

Sports Sidelines

By  Gary Ridderbusch

Scott Moline of Phelps and a junior at Northland Pines High School is making a steady climb among national and world snowboarding competitors.
Moline is currently ranked 10th for United States competitors in the Swatch TTR World snowboarding tour this season.
The Swatch TTR is structured so that riders on all levels, from amateurs on up to the top

Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:30 PM

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