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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.


Even after tough loss, Packers still have hope
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Green Bay Packers’ chance to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers died on the goal line Sunday at snowy Lambeau Field, but Packer got new life when the Chicago Bears were humiliated by the Philadelphia Eagles, 54-11, in Philadelphia on Sunday night.

So even with Sunday’s loss, the Packers are still in the playoff hunt. The Packers (7-7-1) and Bears (8-7) will meet at 3:25 p.m. this Sunday at Soldier Field with the NFC North Division championship at stake.

The 188th meeting between the National Football League’s oldest

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:49 AM
School mascot issue still making headlines
By Gary Ridderbusch

There’s another battle across the Badger State when it somes to alleged race-based school mascots, logos and nicknames.

Michael Allen, executive director of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, an organization of 12 federally recognized Native American tribes located in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, has called on Gov. Scott Walker to exercise his veto power on Assembly Bill 297.

The bill modifies the existing procedure for registering a complaint about race-based school mascots,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:06 PM
Nominations sought for Pines Hall of Fame
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for future inductees, the committee has announced.

The Hall of Fame, established in 2003, recognizes persons who have contributed or excelled in high school, college and/or professional sports and includes athletes, coaches and other citizens of the Northland Pines School District who have contributed to the sports program.

A nine-member committee developed the Hall of Fame,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:00 PM
It’s a new season for high school teams
By Gary Ridderbusch

The changing of the season from fall to winter also means a new season for high school sports, with hockey, basketball and wrestling getting under way for players and coaches.

There were some exciting sports stories during the fall, including the Northland Pines boys soccer team winning a championship in the Great Northern Conference (GNC) and cross-country runner Natalie Miller winning the Sectional and advancing to the Division 3 State Meet where she placed seventh.

But now it’s time for a new chapter on the high school sports scene.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:32 PM
Melissa Doyle knows about hockey tradition
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s not uncommon to see a bumper sticker around here that reads: “Eagle River Hockey . . . Tradition On Ice.” A few days ago, the News-Review Sports Department heard another story about the Eagle River hockey tradition — this time, it’s 250 miles away.

Melissa Doyle, whose father Greg Doyle is a 1980 graduate of Northland Pines and played on the Eagles hockey team, is playing on the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team.

Doyle is a senior captain for the college team in St. Peter, Minn.,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:48 PM

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