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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.


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
Zaugg-Siergiej, Bluejays lead local sports stories

There were many exciting local sports stories for high school teams and individual athletes during 2010. The following were some of the highlights of the past year.
1. Eagle River native Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej made the U.S. women’s ice hockey team and played in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, bringing Olympic fever and hockey pride to the greater Eagle River area. Team USA and Zaugg-Siergiej came home with the

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 2:59 PM
7.6 million participate in high school sports

High school sports is alive and well, at least according to one survey. Participation in high school sports increased for the 21st consecutive school year in 2009-’10, eclipsing the 7.6 million mark for the first time.
Based on figures from the 50 state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia, that are members of the National Federation of State High School Associations

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:55 PM
New girls hockey award named after Zaugg-Siergiej

The Wisconsin Girls Hockey Network (WGHN) and the Wisconsin Sports Network (WSN) will present three awards this season for WIAA girls high school hockey including one award named after Eagle River native Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej.
Last year, WGHN and WSN presented the inaugural Jessie Vetter Award for goaltender of the year. The idea behind the award was to acknowledge today’s high school athlete and recognize the contributions of a past athlete for whom the award was named.
This season, WGHN and WSN will present two more awards along with the Jessie Vetter Award. The two new awards will be for the offensive player of the year and the defensive player of the year.
The offensive player of the year award will be called the Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej Award. Zaugg-Siergiej played hockey for the Northland Pines High School boys hockey team. She is currently

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:17 PM
Koopman receives all-conference honors

Even though Phelps is one of the smallest high schools in the state doesn’t mean it can’t produce college-level athletes.
Cameron Koopman, a 2007 Phelps High School graduate, recently completed his senior year as goalkeeper for the Bethany Lutheran College men’s soccer team in Mankato, Minn.
For his play during the 2010 season, Koopman received all-conference honorable mention

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:50 PM

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