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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.

 



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
 
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