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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.


Marathon Man takes in Journeys
Trent Morrow, the Marathon Man, crossed the Journeys Marathon finish line.      —Photo By Kitty Sookochoff

By Gary Ridderbusch

The 17th annual Journeys Marathon, sponsored by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center last Saturday, featured many inspirational stories of runners of all ages.

Some runners completed their first marathon while others established personal goals for the time it took them to complete the 26.2-mile course from near Boulder Junction to Eagle River.

The race also included a runner from Sydney, Australia, who is attempting to break a current Guinness World Record.

Trent Morrow, known as “The Marathon Man,” is a 40-year-old runner

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:41 PM
Runners deserve fan support at park

By Gary Ridderbusch

Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 17th annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 11.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced that more than 800 runners from more than a dozen states have already registered for the Journeys Marathon, to be held on the back roads of Vilas County.

Journeys Marathon will spring into action Friday night, May 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. with runners registrations at Northland Pines High School. An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for age 6- to 12-year-olds and free to those 5 and

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:07 PM
Top scholar athletes to be honored May 5

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Wisconsin’s 32 top scholar athletes from public and nonpublic high schools throughout the state have been selected by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and will be honored at the 30th annual WIAA Scholar Athlete Awards ceremony at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau this Sunday, May 5.

Sixteen senior girls and 16 senior boys achieved the top combined classroom and sports performances during their four years in high school to be selected as finalists for the 2013 WIAA Scholar Athlete Awards underwritten by Marshfield Clinic. The list includes several athletes from northcentral Wisconsin, including Austin Bellile

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:50 PM
Momentum building for Journeys Marathon

By Gary Ridderbusch

While there is still snow on the ground, momentum is building for the 17th annual Journeys Marathon set for Saturday, May 11,  on the scenic back roads of Vilas County.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visi­tors Center has an­nounced that more than 600 runners are currently registered to run or walk the popular race course.

In addition, the chamber is seeking volunteers to participate in a variety of ways, according to chamber events coordinator Kim Emerson.

On Friday, volunteers can assist with registration

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:17 PM
Spring sports off to slow start here

By Gary Ridderbusch

With more than a foot of snow still on the ground, the spring sports season is getting off to a slow start for area high school teams as many nonconference games already have been cancelled.

The only sport that has had any resemblance of a season is track — especially at Northland Pines High School. That’s because Pines has a field house that includes a five-lane, 200-meter indoor track, along with space for high jumping, pole vaulting, throwing the shot and a long-jumping pit filled with foam pellets.

That leaves baseball, softball, girls soccer and golf

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:35 PM
Falcons to hang banner in Dome

By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River Falcons men’s hockey team will be hanging another banner in the Dome following four gutty victories in the Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) tournament Friday through Sunday.

The last time Eagle River won the league tournament or state tournament was way back in 1992, according to long-time Falcons backer Junior Stebbeds.

The fifth-seeded Falcons opened the tourney Friday night with an important 6-5 victory over eighth-seeded West Bend and then completed pool play with a solid  5-2 victory over second-seeded Vernon Hills Saturday afternoon.

In the most impressive game of the

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:57 PM
Opening day arrives, just not in the North

By Gary Ridderbusch

With snow still on the baseball and softball fields in northern Wisconsin, high school teams are still playing catch and taking ground balls in gymnasiums.

Players at Northland Pines, Three Lake and Phelps might be waiting a while before they hit the diamonds for opening day, as there are still 15 to 20 inches of snow on the ground across the North Woods.

But that’s not the case in Milwaukee, where Monday was opening day for the Brewers in covered Miller Park. While it was 32 degrees outside in

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:13 PM
Runners can train at Pines for Journeys

By Gary Ridderbusch

While there are still 20 inches of snow on the ground, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start training for any of the four Journeys Marathon events.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has an­nounced the 17th annual Journeys Marathon will return to the scenic back roads of Vilas County Saturday, May 11.

Now is the perfect time to start training and get signed up to participate in one of the four events, offering something for everyone — both competitively and noncompetitively. Registration information is available at

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:24 PM
Wisconsin men ready for NCAA tourney run

By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin men’s basketball team (23-11) received a No. 5 seed in the West Region and will face 12th-seeded Ole Miss (26-8) in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament this Friday, March 22, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Wisconsin is making its 15th-consecutive trip to the Big Dance. Tip time for the first-ever meeting between the Badgers and Rebels will be at 11:40 a.m. Central Time.

Wisconsin owns a 25-17 record all-time

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 4:30 PM
Girls State tourney heads to Green Bay

By Gary Ridderbusch

While the Phelps Lady Knights lost in the Division 5 Sectional semifinal last Thursday, taking the last local team out of the tournament, there’s still a great weekend of girls basketball ahead.

The 38th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Basketball State Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 14-16, at the Resch Center in Green Bay. This marks the first time the girls basketball State Tournament will be conducted outside of Madison in its history.

The single-elimination

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:53 PM

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