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Gary Ridderbusch

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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.

 



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
 
It’s March Madness for basketball fans

By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s March Madness the next two weeks as the boys basketball State Tournament will be held in Madison this weekend, followed by the girls State Tournament in Green Bay next weekend.

This weekend also means Sectional games for the girls, including the fourth-seeded Phelps Lady Knights, who be playing second-seeded Wausau Newman in the Division 5 Sectional semifinal game at Antigo this Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. The winner will play in the Sectional final this Saturday, March 9, at Waupaca at 4 p.m. against the winner of Hilbert and Oneida Nation.

The 98th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:44 PM
 
Puck ready to drop at State Tournament

By Gary Ridderbusch

The 43rd Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Hockey State Championships and the 12th Girls Hockey State Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

While the Northland Pines girls and boys teams fell just short of a State tournament berth, there still will be plenty of exciting high school hockey at the Alliant Energy Center.

The boys action will start Thursday at noon, as  Wausau West (17-9-1)  faces Verona (25-2), followed by  Wisconsin Rapids

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:01 PM
 
March madness gets early start

By Gary Ridderbusch

While the calendar reads February, it’s definitely March madness for area high school sports teams as postseason playoffs have started for hockey teams and the basketball tournament starts this week.

The boys and girls hockey teams from Northland Pines both made it through Regional action last week and had key Sectional games on Tuesday of this week. Both teams need two more wins to reach the State Tournament in Madison Feb. 28 through March 2.

The Eagle boys, seeded third in

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:15 PM
 
It’s time to train for 17th Journeys

By Gary Ridderbusch

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 s something for everyone — both competitively and noncompetitively. Registration information is available at journeysmarathon.org.

Presently, more than 100 runners are already

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:36 PM
 
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