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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.

 



Private schools face closer look from WIAA
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) is starting to make some progress when it comes to private schools dominating tournament play.

The membership of the WIAA voted to move the discussion regarding the impact of private schools on the association to committee at its annual meeting last week in Stevens Point.

While an amendment that would have applied a 1.65 multiplier to private member schools for tournament divisional placements did not reach a vote, the membership voted to send the issue to committee by a 352-77 count. The amendment originated from a petition submitted

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:04 AM
 
Volunteers needed for annual Journeys
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center will soon host its 18th annual Journeys Marathon and is seeking volunteers.

The event, which annually draws about 1,000 runners and walkers to the area, needs volunteers Friday and Saturday, May 9-10.

“We are looking for volunteers to participate in a variety of ways and to volunteer for just a couple of hours or as many hours as they would like to give,” said Eagle River chamber events coordinator Kim Emerson.

On Friday, May 9, volunteers can assist

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:54 PM
 
It’s time to start training for five Journeys events
By Gary Ridderbusch

With most area back roads finally free of ice and snow, there is plenty of time to train for one of the five events at Journeys Marathon.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center will host the 18th annual Journeys Mara­thon Saturday, May 10.

It’s been a long, cold winter, maybe one of the worst on record, so getting out to run or walk on North Woods roads is a breath of fresh air. You might consider turning that daily outing into a training session for the Journeys.

Registration brochures are now available,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:45 AM
 
Badgers headed to the Final Four
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s a great time to be a Wisconsin basketball fan, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in overtime in a physical West Region final Saturday night to reach the Final Four.

The No. 2-seed Badgers (30-7) will make their first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory.

Wisconsin will now face No. 8 seed Kentucky (28-10), a young team that defeated Michigan 75-72 in the Midwest Regional Sunday. The other half of the Final Four bracket features No. 1 seed Florida (36-2) from the South Regional against No. 7 seed Connecticut

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:37 AM
 
Herfindahl rips up cross-country series
ZACH HERFINDAHL

By Gary Ridderbusch

 

Eighteen-year-old Zach Herfindahl of Eagle River had another outstanding season, racing in the USXC Series — a snowmobile cross-country racing circuit that provides ice and terrain for racers across the Midwest.

Herfindahl, a Northland Pines senior and son of Sue and Greg Herfindahl, races for Arctic Cat on the Christian Brothers Racing team out of Fertile, Minn.

The USXC Series hosted eight events, all held in Minnesota, and included the I-500, a premier three-day, 500-mile cross-country race held in Thief River Falls, Minn. Zach competes in both the Pro Openand Pro 600 Stock classes. Most of the pro

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:46 AM | Updated ( Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:05 AM )
 
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