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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.


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
Packers capture 4th Super Bowl title

It didn’t come easy, but the Green Bay Packers captured their fourth Super Bowl title and 13th world championship Sunday night in front of 103,219 at Cowboys Stadium with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
It was a memorable playoff run that featured three road wins over the NFC’s top three seeds and a down-to-the-wire victory against a Pittsburgh team that had won two of the previous five Super

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 3:20 PM
Two storied franchises to clash in Super Bowl

With a new 42-inch digital television in the rec room at the Ridderbusch house, excitement is building for the Super Bowl this Sunday.
That’s when two of the most successful franchises in league history, Green Bay and Pittsburgh, will square off for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kick-off is set for 5:30 p.m. on Fox.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 3:01 PM
Packers Super Bowl run means new TV in house

Little did I know that a simple statement way back in October would hit my credit card for more than $500. That’s when I told my two teenage kids that we would get a new 46-inch flat-screen, digital television for our rec room if the Green Bay Packers made it to the Super Bowl this season.
You have to admit, it wasn’t looking good for the new TV as the Packers had to overcome

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:58 PM
Packers-Bears game to be biggest in years

For Green Bay Packers fans, it will be a game for the ages. The Packers will travel to Chicago to take on the archrival Bears in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday, Jan. 23.
For those planning a giant Packers party or heading to their favorite sports bar to watch the game, its slated for 2 p.m. at Soldier Field and will be televised on FOX.
The Packers (12-6) will attempt to become the first No. 6 seed from the NFC to reach the Super

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:54 PM
Get out and support local high school teams

Now that the college football season is complete and professional football is winding down, it’s a great time to get out and watch some local sports.
Area high school teams are at the peak of the winter sports season, with action in the rink, on the court and on the mat. For high school sports fans, there will be some exciting games the next couple of weeks as teams compete for conference titles and prepare for the playoffs.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 2:48 PM

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