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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.

 



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
 
Run and Try-Athlon planned this weekend
By Gary Ridderbusch

Land O’ Lakes and Phelps will host fitness activities this weekend geared to runners, walkers, bikers, canoeists and kayakers of all ages.

A?five-mile run/walk/bike will take place in Land O' Lakes this Saturday, Sept. 14, and will benefit the Amputee Blade Runners (ABR), a nonprofit organization that helps provide free running prosthetics for amputees.

Meanwhile, the Phelps Chamber of Commerce will hold its Colorama Try-Athlon for individuals or three-person relay teams.

In Land O’ Lakes, Shake a Leg for Amputee Blade

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:13 PM
 
Hockey hall to induct former Falcons coach
By Gary Ridderbusch

Three individuals will be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame this Saturday, Sept. 7, in Eagle River, including Pete Krueger of Rhinelander,  Jim E. Brown of Mosinee and Gary Suter of Lac du Flambeau.

In addition, at the same ceremony, the Wisconsin High School Hockey Coaches Association will induct the first member to the Wisconsin High School Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Selected for that is former Madison Memorial High School hockey coach Vic Levine of Madison.

Krueger, originally from Milwauke, moved

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 3:21 PM
 
High school sports show gain in athletes
By Gary Ridderbusch

As I was checking out the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (WIAA) website this week, I noticed an interesting article about high school sports participation being an all-time high nationally.

Participation in high school sports nationwide 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.

An additional 15,190 girls participated in high school

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:53 PM
 
Fall sports start for area athletes
By Gary Ridderbusch

While area high school students won’t head back to classes until after Labor Day, athletic teams at Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps are already back on the practice and game fields, and courts.

Most teams started captains’ practices in late July and early August, and by the second week of August many teams had started organized workouts with their coaches. For some players, it’s meant meeting new coaches and adjusting to new philosophies and coaching styles.

The fall sports season means football, boys soccer,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:50 PM
 
Pines hall of famers to be inducted Aug. 30
By Gary Ridderbusch

Area sports fans are reminded the Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will induct two standout athletes, a longtime coach and a State Championship hockey team to the hall Friday, Aug. 30.

The two athletes to be inducted are 1986 graduate Shawn (Gremban) Sullivan and 1973 graduate Joe Sparks. They will be joined at the ceremony by former football and track coach Ray Dillahunt. In addition, the 1984 State Championship boys hockey team will be inducted as a team.

Sullivan was a four-time letter winner on the Northland Pines

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:57 PM
 
Badgers open season with extra interest here
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Badgers football team hit the practice field Monday to get ready for the 2013 campaign, a season that brings in a new coach and several athletes with local ties.

Gary Andersen, who took over as the Badgers’ new head coach, began his first preseason camp at Camp Randall Stadium Monday. Andersen, who most recently was the head coach at Utah State, replaced Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas.

There’s a little extra interest in Badger football this fall, as

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:45 PM
 
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