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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.

 



It’s time to hit tournament trail
By Gary Ridderbusch

If you are a high school sports fans, this is a great time of year. Postseason playoffs started last week for boys and girls hockey teams, this week for the boys basketball tournament and next week for the girls basketball playoffs.
The boys and girls hockey teams from Northland Pines both started Regional action last week, but are hoping to reach the State Tournament March 6-8 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
The Eagle boys, seeded third in the Regional,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:35 PM
 
March Madness gets early start this week
By Gary Ridderbusch

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

The boys and girls hockey teams from Northland Pines both start Regional action this week as they begin their quest to reach the State Tournament March 6-8 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The Eagle boys, seeded third in the Regional,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:48 PM
 
It’s time to train for 18th Journeys
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced the 18th annual Journeys Marathon will return to the scenic back roads of Vilas County Saturday, May 10.
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 journeysmarathon.org.
Presently, more than 100 runners are already entered in Journeys Marathon, voted one of the Top 5 “Best-kept Marathon Secrets” by Runners World magazine.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:44 PM
 
WIAA makes changes in football and soccer
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control ratified a number of fall sport coaches’ and committee recommendations at its January meeting, with football registering the most changes.
Language in the football playoff qualifying criteria was altered to replace winning percentage of all games with the winning percentage in conference play only when the initial criteria to determine the field is less than 224 teams beginning next fall.
In addition, the highest seeded team will now host through Level 3 of the playoffs with the stipulation that the WIAA reserves the final authority to determine locations.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:35 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:45 PM )
 
Snomo hall to induct four names in racing
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Snowmobile Hall of Fame will host its 31st annual Ride with the Champs and induction banquet Saturday, Feb. 15, in St. Germain, with four big names in snowmobile racing going into the hall of fame.

The inductees for the hall of fame class of 2014 include: Loren Anderson, founder of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame and a racer and promoter; Thomas Rager Sr., a race manager for both Ski-Doo and Polaris from 1985 to 2012; Ted Nielsen, a pioneer as a snowmobile dealer and race-team sponsor; and Don Omdahl, a Team Polaris factory racer from 1970 to 1976.

The Ride with the Champs, sponsored

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:25 PM
 
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