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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.


Registration to begin for 10th hockey event
By Gary Ridderbusch

Wow! Can you believe that the 2015 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey National Pond Hockey Tournament will be the 10th on the Dollar Lake ice near Eagle River?

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center announced that registration for the 10th annual pond hockey tournament on Dollar Lake Feb. 6-8 will open at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 23.

Entries into the tournament will be on a first-come,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:39 PM
Packers Pro Shop ready for season
By Gary Ridderbusch

The new Packers Pro Shop, located in the Lambeau Field Atrium’s expanded lobby level, will host a grand opening celebration this Thursday, July 17, a sign that the Green Bay Packers season is just around the corner.

The Packers will open the preseason schedule Aug. 9 against the Tennessee Titans at historic Lambeau Field. The regular season starts Sept. 4 at Seattle.

The Packers Pro Shop is a  one-of-a-kind shopping experience for pro football fans from across Wisconsin.

“There’s so much to see,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:14 PM
WIAA makes changes that impact regulations
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control convened for its annual summer meeting and acted on coaches advisory committee recommendations for basketball, football player-on-player contact policy and hockey replay that impact the 2014-’15 season regulations.

Six of the recommendations made in basketball received board approval. A six-quarter waiver will be provided to programs that have 12 or fewer players across two levels beginning in 2014-’15. Also passed were provisions to increase the number of games for freshman-only teams from 20 to 22

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:51 PM
Pines hall to induct 3 individuals, team
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it will induct a stand-out athlete, a golf coach, a long-time sports supporter and a football team to the hall Friday, Aug. 22.

The athlete to be inducted is 1985 graduate Dennis Snedden, along with former golf coach Rollie Christensen and supporter Jerry “Bucky” Burkett. They will be joined by the 1981 football team at the 2014 induction ceremony and other festivities.

Snedden was a key member of the 1984 State Champion Northland Pines hockey team. After high school, he spent two years playing Junior A hockey for the Madison Capitols where he was an All-Star both seasons. He then earned a hockey scholarship at the University

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:48 AM
Two sports parents retire bleacher seats
By Gary Ridderbusch

Our lives have officially changed.

Last Wednesday evening was the Northland Pines girls soccer team’s end-of-season banquet and I soon realized attending the dinner was my last official duty as a high school sports parent.

For the past seven years, my wife, Sue, and I have been on the sports trail, watching and supporting our two children during their high school athletic careers. Both our children were three-sport athletes at Northland Pines. Our son, Taylor, played soccer, basketball and baseball, while our daughter, Carly, competed in volleyball, basketball and soccer. It was Carly’s soccer banquet that brought it all to an end.

The combination of their high school careers spanned seven years,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:36 PM
First Moonlight Run to benefit wellness center
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Pines Community Wellness Center will hold its first major fundraiser, the Moonlight Run, formerly known as the Moonshine Run, Saturday, July 12, at 10 p.m. in downtown Eagle River near the Depot.

Northland Pines School District officials hope to make the run an annual fundraising event for the wellness center, which the district took over center operations from the YMCA in 2013.

The event will be a 5-kilometer (5K) run along with a children’s 1-kilometer (1K) race. Activities for the entire family will begin at 7 p.m. with food, games, music and a 50-foot inflatable obstacle course.

The children’s fun run for ages

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:19 AM
Canoe, kayak racers can paddle for a cure
By Gary Ridderbusch

Paddlers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the 10th annual Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race this Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15. Not only is it a great sporting event, but it benefits children’s brain cancer research.

Through the event, Jeff and Marcia Rohr have raised more than $111,000 over the last nine years and have funded four cancer research programs. This year's proceeds will go to Dr. Tadanori Tomita’s research program connected with the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago,

Brain tumors are the No. 1 cause of medical

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:27 PM
Hockey hall of fame to induct Kuklinski trio
By Gary Ridderbusch

The board of directors of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Eagle River, named its inductees for 2014 and all three have a familiar name when it comes to hockey here.

Selected for induction to the hall Saturday, Sept. 6, in Eagle River are Gary Kuklinski and Jeff Kuklinski of Mosinee, and Tom Kuklinski of Hayward. The Kuklinski trio of hockey players are well known in the Eagle River area for their longtime support of hockey in north central Wisconsin.

In partnership with the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:09 AM
Penalties adjusted for dangerous play
By Gary Ridderbusch

More stringent penalties for boarding and checking from behind in high school ice hockey have been approved for the 2014-’15 season.

Changes to Rule 6-4 (boarding) and Rule 6-7 (checking from behind) were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee at its April meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS board of directors.

In its ongoing attempt to minimize the risk of injury in the sport,

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:55 PM
Trees center, library set annual golf outings
By Gary Ridderbusch

Two local community organizations will have important fundraising events the next few weeks, with proceeds to be raised through two popular golf outings.

Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River is seeking golfers for its 12th annual Scholarship Golf Outing set for Friday, May 30, at the Eagle River Golf Course and the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library Foundation will hold its 20th annual Golf Classic Sunday, June 8, at  the same golf course.

The Trees For Tomorrow outing May 30

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:40 AM

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