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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 provides inspirational stories
By Gary Ridderbusch

The 18th 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 or the 13.1-mile half marathon course.

The race also included a runner from Peshtigo, who ran his 99th full marathon competing at Journeys. Chad Counard will run his 100th marathon this weekend.

At the Journeys, the 54-year-old Counard finished 46th

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:03 AM
Spectators urged to support runners
By Gary Ridderbusch

Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 18th annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 10.

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,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:59 AM
Top scholar athletes to be honored May 4
By Gary Ridderbusch

Wisconsin’s 32 top scholar athletes, 16 senior girls and 16 senior boys from public and nonpublic high schools, have been selected as the 2014 State Scholar Athlete recipients by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).

These individuals, who achieved the top combined classroom and sports performances during their four years in high school, were selected as winners for the 31st annual 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Awards underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.

To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:24 AM
Private schools face closer look from WIAA
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) is starting to make some progress when it comes to private schools dominating tournament play.

The membership of the WIAA voted to move the discussion regarding the impact of private schools on the association to committee at its annual meeting last week in Stevens Point.

While an amendment that would have applied a 1.65 multiplier to private member schools for tournament divisional placements did not reach a vote, the membership voted to send the issue to committee by a 352-77 count. The amendment originated from a petition submitted

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:04 AM
Volunteers needed for annual Journeys
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center will soon host its 18th annual Journeys Marathon and is seeking volunteers.

The event, which annually draws about 1,000 runners and walkers to the area, needs volunteers Friday and Saturday, May 9-10.

“We are looking for volunteers to participate in a variety of ways and to volunteer for just a couple of hours or as many hours as they would like to give,” said Eagle River chamber events coordinator Kim Emerson.

On Friday, May 9, volunteers can assist

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:54 PM

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