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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.


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

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 )
Girls state hoops teams headed to Green Bay
By Gary Ridderbusch

The 39th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Basketball State Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

This is the second time the girls basketball State Tournament will be conducted in Green Bay.

For those who want to make the trip, ticket price for the tourney is $10 per session when purchased at the Resch Center. Tickets for the tournament will also be available for purchase online at the Ticket Star website at

The State Tournament will be televised

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:01 AM
Seasons come to end for girls hoops teams
By Gary Ridderbusch

The winter sports season officially came to an end for Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps athletes and fans last Friday and Saturday as all three schools finished tournament play.

Girls basketball teams at all three schools participated in Regional tournament action last week, but none of the teams reached this weekend’s Sectional.

The Three Lakes girls, coached by Michele Brown, made a nice run in the tournament in Division 5, advancing to the Regional final with wins over Florence and Suring. The Lady Jays then faced Goodman-Pembine and lost to the Northern Lakes Conference foe in the Regional final.

The Northland Pines girls were seeded second in their Regional,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:01 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:02 PM )
State hockey titles to be won this week
By Gary Ridderbusch

The 44th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Hockey State Championships and the 13th annual Girls Hockey State Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

While the Northland Pines boys and girls hockey teams won’t be playing in the State Championships, both teams reached the Sectional and finished the season with exciting games. The Pines boys lost to Antigo 4-3 in double overtime in the Sectional semifinal and the girls fell to the mighty Central Wisconsin Storm 2-0 in the Section final. The Storm, officially called the D.C. Everest co-op, including players from Everest, Wausau West, Wausau East and Mosinee.

Nonetheless, there will be some excellent hockey

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:56 AM
It’s time to hit tournament trail
By Gary Ridderbusch

If you are a high school sports fans, this is a great time of year. Postseason playoffs started last week for boys and girls hockey teams, this week for the boys basketball tournament and next week for the girls basketball playoffs.
The boys and girls hockey teams from Northland Pines both started Regional action last week, but are hoping to reach the State Tournament March 6-8 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
The Eagle boys, seeded third in the Regional,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:35 PM
March Madness gets early start this week
By Gary Ridderbusch

While the calendar reads February, it’s definitely March madness for area high school sports teams as postseason playoffs start this week for boys and girls hockey teams and next week for the boys basketball tournament.

The boys and girls hockey teams from Northland Pines both start Regional action this week as they begin their quest to reach the State Tournament March 6-8 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The Eagle boys, seeded third in the Regional,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:48 PM
It’s time to train for 18th Journeys
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center has announced the 18th annual Journeys Marathon will return to the scenic back roads of Vilas County Saturday, May 10.
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
Presently, more than 100 runners are already entered in Journeys Marathon, voted one of the Top 5 “Best-kept Marathon Secrets” by Runners World magazine.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:44 PM
WIAA makes changes in football and soccer
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control ratified a number of fall sport coaches’ and committee recommendations at its January meeting, with football registering the most changes.
Language in the football playoff qualifying criteria was altered to replace winning percentage of all games with the winning percentage in conference play only when the initial criteria to determine the field is less than 224 teams beginning next fall.
In addition, the highest seeded team will now host through Level 3 of the playoffs with the stipulation that the WIAA reserves the final authority to determine locations.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:35 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:45 PM )
Snomo hall to induct four names in racing
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Snowmobile Hall of Fame will host its 31st annual Ride with the Champs and induction banquet Saturday, Feb. 15, in St. Germain, with four big names in snowmobile racing going into the hall of fame.

The inductees for the hall of fame class of 2014 include: Loren Anderson, founder of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame and a racer and promoter; Thomas Rager Sr., a race manager for both Ski-Doo and Polaris from 1985 to 2012; Ted Nielsen, a pioneer as a snowmobile dealer and race-team sponsor; and Don Omdahl, a Team Polaris factory racer from 1970 to 1976.

The Ride with the Champs, sponsored

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:25 PM

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