Subscriber Login

Forgot Your Username?
Forgot Your Password?
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.


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
Schools recognized for sportsmanship
By Gary Ridderbusch

Sportsmanship, which involves an entire school system and community, is a key ingredient for a successful high school sports program. Before most contests, public address announcers remind fans to practice good sportsmanship against the other team and referees.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company,  has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2013 Fall State Championships.

The winners of the State Team Tournament Sportsmanship Awards are Ashland in boys soccer, Oshkosh North in football and Hilbert in girls volleyball.

Ashland is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in boys soccer for

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:55 AM
Pond hockey joins Derby in spotlight
By Gary Ridderbusch

While all eyes are on the 51st annual AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby this weekend, there’s another major sporting event set for Eagle River in February.

The ninth annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship will be held on 28 ice rinks located on Dollar Lake just east of Eagle River Feb. 7-9.

Last year, a record 342 teams from 30 states and Canada participated in the event. This year’s tournament will consist of 19 no-check divisions, including several women's divisions.

Conrad Heeg, executive director of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:15 PM
Pines basketball, hockey led stories
By Gary Ridderbusch

There were many exciting local sports stories for high school teams and individual athletes during 2013. The following were some of the highlights of the past year:

1. The Northland Pines girls basketball team won the Great Northern Conference (GNC) championship with an 11-1 record, tied with Medford for first place as the two teams split during the regular season. Coach Larry Bergum’s team won its first conference title since 1987. Playing in a tough Regional, the fifth-seeded Eagles beat Tomahawk 49-35 in their first tournament game, but fell to fourth-seeded Oconto Falls 47-33 in the Regional semifinal. The Eagles finished the season 22-2 overall.

2. The Northland Pines boys hockey team won the GNC

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:12 PM
Pines football league could see shake-up
By Gary Ridderbusch

Northland Pines could see some changes in the near future when it comes to its football conference — the WestPAC Conference with Michigan schools.

According to the Iron County Reporter, the high school sports rumor mill concerning football conference is bubbling again in the Upper Peninsula (UP).

At present, Northland Pines is part of the seven-team WestPAC Conference, which also includes West Iron County, Houghton, Hancock, Calumet, L’Anse and Ironwood, Mich.

Meanwhile, the six-team Great Western Conference (GWC)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:55 AM
Even after tough loss, Packers still have hope
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Green Bay Packers’ chance to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers died on the goal line Sunday at snowy Lambeau Field, but Packer got new life when the Chicago Bears were humiliated by the Philadelphia Eagles, 54-11, in Philadelphia on Sunday night.

So even with Sunday’s loss, the Packers are still in the playoff hunt. The Packers (7-7-1) and Bears (8-7) will meet at 3:25 p.m. this Sunday at Soldier Field with the NFC North Division championship at stake.

The 188th meeting between the National Football League’s oldest

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:49 AM
School mascot issue still making headlines
By Gary Ridderbusch

There’s another battle across the Badger State when it somes to alleged race-based school mascots, logos and nicknames.

Michael Allen, executive director of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, an organization of 12 federally recognized Native American tribes located in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, has called on Gov. Scott Walker to exercise his veto power on Assembly Bill 297.

The bill modifies the existing procedure for registering a complaint about race-based school mascots,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:06 PM
Nominations sought for Pines Hall of Fame
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for future inductees, the committee has announced.

The Hall of Fame, established in 2003, recognizes persons who have contributed or excelled in high school, college and/or professional sports and includes athletes, coaches and other citizens of the Northland Pines School District who have contributed to the sports program.

A nine-member committee developed the Hall of Fame,

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:00 PM
It’s a new season for high school teams
By Gary Ridderbusch

The changing of the season from fall to winter also means a new season for high school sports, with hockey, basketball and wrestling getting under way for players and coaches.

There were some exciting sports stories during the fall, including the Northland Pines boys soccer team winning a championship in the Great Northern Conference (GNC) and cross-country runner Natalie Miller winning the Sectional and advancing to the Division 3 State Meet where she placed seventh.

But now it’s time for a new chapter on the high school sports scene.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:32 PM
Melissa Doyle knows about hockey tradition
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s not uncommon to see a bumper sticker around here that reads: “Eagle River Hockey . . . Tradition On Ice.” A few days ago, the News-Review Sports Department heard another story about the Eagle River hockey tradition — this time, it’s 250 miles away.

Melissa Doyle, whose father Greg Doyle is a 1980 graduate of Northland Pines and played on the Eagles hockey team, is playing on the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team.

Doyle is a senior captain for the college team in St. Peter, Minn.,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:48 PM

Page 4 of 20