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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.

 



It’s a new season for high school teams
By Gary Ridderbusch

The changing of the season from fall to winter also means a new season for high school sports, with hockey, basketball and wrestling getting under way for players and coaches.

There were some exciting sports stories during the fall, including the Northland Pines boys soccer team winning a championship in the Great Northern Conference (GNC) and cross-country runner Natalie Miller winning the Sectional and advancing to the Division 3 State Meet where she placed seventh.

But now it’s time for a new chapter on the high school sports scene.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:32 PM
 
Melissa Doyle knows about hockey tradition
DOYLE
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s not uncommon to see a bumper sticker around here that reads: “Eagle River Hockey . . . Tradition On Ice.” A few days ago, the News-Review Sports Department heard another story about the Eagle River hockey tradition — this time, it’s 250 miles away.

Melissa Doyle, whose father Greg Doyle is a 1980 graduate of Northland Pines and played on the Eagles hockey team, is playing on the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team.

Doyle is a senior captain for the college team in St. Peter, Minn.,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:48 PM
 
High school sports still vital to students
By Gary Ridderbusch

Participation in high school sports increased for the 24th consecutive year in 2012-’13 and passed the 7.7 million mark for the first time, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Based on figures from the 51 NFHS-member state high school associations, which includes Wisconsin, sports participation for the 2012-’13 school year reached an all-time high of 7,713,577 participants — an increase of 21,057 from the previous year.

An additional 15,190 girls participated

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:14 AM
 
Youth basketball event set at Pines Saturday
By Gary Ridderbusch

While high school football, soccer and volleyball teams are still in the tournament season, it will be a day of basketball at Northland Pines this Saturday, Nov. 2.

The third annual Northwoods Basketball Skills Challenge and 3-on-3 Tournament will take place at the high school field house for fifth- through eighth-grade students.

Open to any North Woods boy or girl in fifth through eighth grade, the event is a full day of basketball challenges, entertainment, games, a huge silent auction and raffles.

It is not only a basketball-themed fun day, it is the biggest fundraiser for the Northland Pines Youth Basketball Program (NPBA).  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:15 AM
 
Postseason play continues for teams
By Gary Ridderbusch

There’s a lot of excitement in the air as it’s tournament time for fall high school sports, as soccer and volleyball playoffs are under way, Level 1 football starts Friday and cross-country Sectionals are set for this Friday and Saturday.

The Northland Pines boys soccer team, coming off of a Great Northern Conference (GNC) championship, defeated Mosinee 8-0 and New London 2-0 last week to win the Regional championship with two home victories at Sam Larson Field.

Now, the third-seeded Eagles will play top-seeded Ashland

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:09 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:10 PM )
 
Adult hockey players invited to lace ’em up
By Gary Ridderbusch

Just like the good old days, a group of Eagle River men and women are ready to lace up their skates and spend some time on the ice at the historic Eagle River Sports Arena.

Men and women ice skaters of any age are welcome to participate in an Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) adult hockey program weekdays, Monday through Friday, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. It’s called the Noontime Hockey League (NHL) and started earlier this month.

According to coordinator Michael Eder, hockey experience

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:57 PM
 
Pines football, soccer having great seasons
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s a big week for sports at Northland Pines High School as the Eagles football team will be playing for its second straight Western Peninsula Athletic Conference (WestPAC) championship and the boys soccer team prepares for Division 3 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Regional tournament play after winning a Great Northern Conference (GNC) title last week.

The football team will go on the road this Saturday to face West Iron County, Mich., a team that also is undefeated in the WestPAC. The Eagles are a perfect 4-0 in league play on the season and a victory will give Pines at least a share of the title with just one league game remaining

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:13 PM
 
Pines basketball group sets third annual event
By Gary Ridderbusch

For the past two years, the Northwoods All-Star Event has been held the first Saturday of November.  What better way is there to open the 2013-’14 basketball season?

Open to any North Woods boy or girl in fifth through eighth grade, the event is a full day of basketball challenges, entertainment, games, a huge silent auction and raffles.

It is not only a basketball-themed fun day, it is the biggest fundraiser for the Northland Pines Youth Basketball Program (NPBA).  Over the past two years, this event has helped provide desperately-needed items including new uniforms, warm-ups, basketballs, the free Oct. 19

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:14 PM
 
Mike Sixel to fight again after three-year break
By Gary Ridderbusch

Mike Sixel will return to professional mixed martial arts (MMA) cage fighting after a three-year hiatus Saturday, Oct. 12, at Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino.

Sixel was the first local fighter to represent Sixel’s Fight Club and Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino in July 2007. He’s now back fighting in the King of the Cage main event against pro MMA fighter Bill “The Shark” Finn.

The undefeated Sixel recently transferred back to Wisconsin after being stationed

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:28 PM
 
Punt, pass and kick set in Eagle River
By Gary Ridderbusch

As a youth in the 1970s, I can remember carrying my football under my arm to the football field at Red Arrow Park in Abbotsford, anxiously awaiting the local punt, pass and kick competition.

Some years I did fairly well, winning a trophy and advancing to the next level. Other years, one of my friends would advance and I would walk home empty-handed as the hardware would go to someone else. Either way, it was something you looked forward to each fall.

Local youth football enthusiasts will have the opportunity to

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:28 PM
 
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