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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.


WIAA Board OKs basketball mercy rule

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control approved a number of coaches' advisory committee recommendations at its June meeting, including the mercy rule for high school basketball.

The basketball season will now see a mercy rule for varsity games during the regular season and throughout the Tournament Series beginning in 2013-’14.

According to the rule, a running clock will be implemented once the point differential reaches 40 points at any time after the conclusion of the third quarter unless a timeout is called. Regardless if the score differential

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:56 PM
Hall of fame to induct 2 athletes, coach, team
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it will induct two standout athletes, a longtime coach and a State Championship hockey team to the hall Friday, Aug. 30.

The two athletes to be inducted are 1986 graduate Shawn (Gremban) Sullivan and 1973 graduate Joe Sparks. They will be joined at the ceremony by former football and track coach Ray Dillahunt. In addition, the 1984 State Championship boys hockey team will be inducted as a team.

Sullivan was a four-time letterwinner on the Northland Pines track and field team. She was co-most valuable player (MVP) in 1983, MVP?in 1984, co-MVP in 1985 and team captain in 1986. She still holds the school record in the 400-meter dash at 59.2 seconds and the 800-meter run in 1 minute,

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:26 PM
Three Packer greats to be inducted into hall
By Gary Ridderbusch

While the football season is still a little more than two months away, the Green Bay Packers will be inducting three former players into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame next month.

The 43rd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held Saturday, July 20, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Chris Jacke and Emil Fischer will become the newest members of the hall that evening.

Gbaja-Biamila, a defensive end who was a fifth-round selection from San Diego State in 2000, is the club’s all-time leader in sacks with 74½. The relentless pass rusher led the team in sacks five times, including four straight campaigns with 10 or more quarterback takedowns (2001-04), a club record.

Jacke, a placekicker who was a sixth-round

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:41 PM
Fitness buffs, athletes invited to two events
By Gary Ridderbusch

Two special events are planned in the North Woods for fitness enthusiasts or athletes who are looking for new challenges.

The Marshfield Clinic Woodruff Center will host an Olympic Day event that will feature two Olympic athletes Saturday, June 29, and the YMCA of the Northwoods will be hosting Mud Run training starting Tuesday, June 25.

Eric Mueller, who won a silver medal in rowing at the 1996 Olympics, and Igor Badamshin, a Russian Olympian who competed in cross-country skiing, will be attending the Marshfield Clinic event.

The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 6:33 PM
Golf scramble to benefit Northland Pines sports

Coming off of a great year of Northland Pines athletics, including conference championships in football, boys and girls hockey, and girls basketball, coaches and athletes want to build on that momentum.
The football coaching staff, led by head coach Eric Swanson, is organizing its inaugural four-person golf scramble and all Northland Pines athletic teams will benefit. Plans are for 25% of all proceeds to be given to the Northland Pines activities account, with the remaining 75% to be used to purchase new equipment for the football team.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 6:48 PM
Party with the Pack set in St. Germain
By Gary Ridderbusch

The annual Party with the Pack, set for Thursday, June 6, will kick off a?big weekend fundraiser for the Angel On My Shoulder program.

Angel On My Shoulder is a nonprofit support foundation founded by area resident Lolly Rose in 1994. This homegrown charitable organization has grown to become one of Wisconsin’s most effective support providers for families facing the challenges of cancer.

“We rely on generous donations and a variety of fundraisers to supply the funds for our many programs,” said Lolly Rose. “And while we work to raise those funds throughout the year, this single weekend brings in the lion’s share of our annual budget.”

St. Germain’s Whitetail Inn will host four Green Bay Packers stars from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 3:15 PM
Herfindahl becoming big name in racing

By Gary Ridderbusch

Eagle River and snowmobile racing go hand in hand.  The AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby is located in Eagle River and there have been many great racing families here, including the Deckers in Oval and the Pitliks in Sno-Cross. There are other successful racing names tied to the Eagle River area, including Dolezal, Ramesh and Campbell.

It might be time to add another name to the list — cross-country snowmobile racer Zach Herfin-dahl of Eagle River.

Herfindahl started out in the cross-country snowmobile race circuit in the 2010-’11 race

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:45 PM
Marathon Man takes in Journeys
Trent Morrow, the Marathon Man, crossed the Journeys Marathon finish line.      —Photo By Kitty Sookochoff

By Gary Ridderbusch

The 17th 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.

The race also included a runner from Sydney, Australia, who is attempting to break a current Guinness World Record.

Trent Morrow, known as “The Marathon Man,” is a 40-year-old runner

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:41 PM
Runners deserve fan support at park

By Gary Ridderbusch

Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 17th annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 11.

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, May 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. with runners registrations at Northland Pines High School. An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for age 6- to 12-year-olds and free to those 5 and

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:07 PM
Top scholar athletes to be honored May 5

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Wisconsin’s 32 top scholar athletes from public and nonpublic high schools throughout the state have been selected by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and will be honored at the 30th annual WIAA Scholar Athlete Awards ceremony at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau this Sunday, May 5.

Sixteen senior girls and 16 senior boys achieved the top combined classroom and sports performances during their four years in high school to be selected as finalists for the 2013 WIAA Scholar Athlete Awards underwritten by Marshfield Clinic. The list includes several athletes from northcentral Wisconsin, including Austin Bellile

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:50 PM

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