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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.


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
Gigantic co-op teams still ruling girls hockey

It was the same old story at last weekend’s Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Hockey State Championships at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison as large co-op teams dominated the field.
The field included the Appleton West co-op, Sun Prairie co-op, River Falls co-op and the Mosinee co-op, better known as the Central Wisconsin Storm. The Storm, for example, has players from

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 3:28 PM
Pines Hall of Fame seeking nominations

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for future inductees, the committee has announced.
The Hall of Fame, established in 2003, recognizes persons who have contributed or excelled in high school, college and/or professional sports and includes athletes, coaches and other citizens of the Northland Pines School District who have contributed to the sports program.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 3:40 PM
Strauss nominated for Concannon Award

Former Northland Pines High School hockey player Charlie Strauss is having an outstanding season as a member of the Middlebury College, Vt., hockey team and is receiving recognition for his play.
Strauss has been nominated for the 11th Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the Division II/III level.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:28 PM
Journeys Marathon another top event

With two major North Woods sporting events in the books, including the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby in January and the LaBatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championship last weekend, Eagle River is preparing for another top-notch sporting event in May.
The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced the 15th annual

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:58 PM

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