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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.

 



Spring sports off to slow start here

By Gary Ridderbusch

With more than a foot of snow still on the ground, the spring sports season is getting off to a slow start for area high school teams as many nonconference games already have been cancelled.

The only sport that has had any resemblance of a season is track — especially at Northland Pines High School. That’s because Pines has a field house that includes a five-lane, 200-meter indoor track, along with space for high jumping, pole vaulting, throwing the shot and a long-jumping pit filled with foam pellets.

That leaves baseball, softball, girls soccer and golf

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:35 PM
 
Falcons to hang banner in Dome

By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River Falcons men’s hockey team will be hanging another banner in the Dome following four gutty victories in the Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) tournament Friday through Sunday.

The last time Eagle River won the league tournament or state tournament was way back in 1992, according to long-time Falcons backer Junior Stebbeds.

The fifth-seeded Falcons opened the tourney Friday night with an important 6-5 victory over eighth-seeded West Bend and then completed pool play with a solid  5-2 victory over second-seeded Vernon Hills Saturday afternoon.

In the most impressive game of the

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:57 PM
 
Opening day arrives, just not in the North

By Gary Ridderbusch

With snow still on the baseball and softball fields in northern Wisconsin, high school teams are still playing catch and taking ground balls in gymnasiums.

Players at Northland Pines, Three Lake and Phelps might be waiting a while before they hit the diamonds for opening day, as there are still 15 to 20 inches of snow on the ground across the North Woods.

But that’s not the case in Milwaukee, where Monday was opening day for the Brewers in covered Miller Park. While it was 32 degrees outside in

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:13 PM
 
Runners can train at Pines for Journeys

By Gary Ridderbusch

While there are still 20 inches of snow on the ground, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start training for any of the four Journeys Marathon events.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has an­nounced the 17th annual Journeys Marathon will return to the scenic back roads of Vilas County Saturday, May 11.

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:24 PM
 
Wisconsin men ready for NCAA tourney run

By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin men’s basketball team (23-11) received a No. 5 seed in the West Region and will face 12th-seeded Ole Miss (26-8) in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament this Friday, March 22, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Wisconsin is making its 15th-consecutive trip to the Big Dance. Tip time for the first-ever meeting between the Badgers and Rebels will be at 11:40 a.m. Central Time.

Wisconsin owns a 25-17 record all-time

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 4:30 PM
 
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