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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.


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
Journeys provides inspirational stories
By Gary Ridderbusch

The 18th annual Journeys Marathon, sponsored by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center last Saturday, featured many inspirational stories of runners of all ages.

Some runners completed their first marathon while others established personal goals for the time it took them to complete the 26.2-mile course from near Boulder Junction to Eagle River or the 13.1-mile half marathon course.

The race also included a runner from Peshtigo, who ran his 99th full marathon competing at Journeys. Chad Counard will run his 100th marathon this weekend.

At the Journeys, the 54-year-old Counard finished 46th

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:03 AM
Spectators urged to support runners
By Gary Ridderbusch

Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 18th annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 10.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced that more than 800 runners from more than a dozen states have already registered for the Journeys Marathon, to be held on the back roads of Vilas County.

Journeys Marathon will spring into action Friday night,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:59 AM
Top scholar athletes to be honored May 4
By Gary Ridderbusch

Wisconsin’s 32 top scholar athletes, 16 senior girls and 16 senior boys from public and nonpublic high schools, have been selected as the 2014 State Scholar Athlete recipients by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).

These individuals, who achieved the top combined classroom and sports performances during their four years in high school, were selected as winners for the 31st annual 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Awards underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.

To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:24 AM
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

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