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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.


Packers training camp inviting option for fans
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s official, the Green Bay Packers opened the 68th edition of training camp at Ray Nitschke Field last Friday morning. The training camp is an opportunity for fans to get a first-hand look at the 2013 version of the Green and Gold.

According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, will attract an estimated 100,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries from July 26 through the final open practice Aug. 27. The economic impact of training camp is estimated at $10 million.

For Packer fans, Nitschke Field will open 90 minutes prior to the scheduled practice time and will close 30 minutes after the completion of practice.

Fans also can try the Packers Experience, presented by Kemps,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:30 PM
Braun’s suspension not that surprising
By Gary Ridderbusch

It was a sad day for Milwaukee Brewers fans Monday as Ryan Braun, star outfielder and winner of the National League MVP award in 2011, was suspended for the remainder of the season for violating baseball’s anti-doping code.

Most Brewers fans probably figured this day was coming as Braun, 29, failed a drug test in 2011 but avoided punishment on appeal. This time, he wasn’t as lucky following Major League Baseball’s investigation of an anti-aging clinic in South Florida that baseball officials believe distributed performance-enhancing drugs.

Braun, who will miss the final 65 games of the

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:29 PM
Snomo hall of fame to induct six leaders
By Gary Ridderbusch

Four volunteers, one innovator and one person prominent in the snowmobile industry will be enshrined in the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame the weekend of Sept. 13, 14 and 15.

The inductees will come to Eagle River, officially the “Snowmobile Capital of the World,” to be enshrined into the ranks of 92 previously inducted members of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

The most influential and well-known snowmobilers in the sport will attend the 24th annual induction ceremony. The new inductees include volunteers Jim Duke of Munising, Mich., Bob and Marie Linn of Waterville, Minn., and Jerry Wanty of Jackson; innovator Russ Lemke of

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:51 PM
Zaugg-Siergiej headed to D-1 Robert Morris
By Gary Ridderbusch

Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej, a former Northland Pines hockey player, Wisconsin Badger and Olympian, has been named an assistant coach for the Robert Morris University women’s ice hockey team.

Zaugg, who was in Eagle River during the Fourth of July holiday to play in the OAM Alumni 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament, said she is excited about her first major coaching opportunity at the Division 1 collegiate level.

“For the rest of the summer, I will be involved in numerous hockey camps, attending tournaments and recruiting,” said Zaugg-Siergiej.

Jinelle and her husband, Mike Siergiej, also a Northland Pines graduate,

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:11 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:12 PM )
WIAA Board OKs basketball mercy rule

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control approved a number of coaches' advisory committee recommendations at its June meeting, including the mercy rule for high school basketball.

The basketball season will now see a mercy rule for varsity games during the regular season and throughout the Tournament Series beginning in 2013-’14.

According to the rule, a running clock will be implemented once the point differential reaches 40 points at any time after the conclusion of the third quarter unless a timeout is called. Regardless if the score differential

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:56 PM

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