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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.


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
Badgers rank fifth in total sports points

With the NCAA Basketball Final Four set for this weekend, Butler, Virginia Commonwealth, Kentucky and Connecticut all have a shot at the National Championship.
But what university is really the champion when it comes to all college athletics? The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:33 PM
Angel Golf Spectacular already booking teams

While there is still snow on the ground, teams are being urged to 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 another former player to be announced, according to Lolly Rose, founder of Angel On My Shoulder.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:06 PM
Now is perfect time to train for Journeys

With the warmer temperatures predicted this week, it’s time for runners to get outside and begin training for the 15th annual Journeys Marathon set for Saturday, May 14, in Eagle River.
Registration brochures are available and 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 250 runners are entered.
Journeys Marathon, voted One of the Top 5 “Best Kept Marathon Secrets” by Runners World

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:24 PM

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