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Gary Ridderbusch

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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.

 



Fall sports start for area athletes
By Gary Ridderbusch

While area high school students won’t head back to classes until after Labor Day, athletic teams at Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps are already back on the practice and game fields, and courts.

Most teams started captains’ practices in late July and early August, and by the second week of August many teams had started organized workouts with their coaches. For some players, it’s meant meeting new coaches and adjusting to new philosophies and coaching styles.

The fall sports season means football, boys soccer,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:50 PM
 
Pines hall of famers to be inducted Aug. 30
By Gary Ridderbusch

Area sports fans are reminded the Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee 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 letter winner on the Northland Pines

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:57 PM
 
Badgers open season with extra interest here
By Gary Ridderbusch

The Wisconsin Badgers football team hit the practice field Monday to get ready for the 2013 campaign, a season that brings in a new coach and several athletes with local ties.

Gary Andersen, who took over as the Badgers’ new head coach, began his first preseason camp at Camp Randall Stadium Monday. Andersen, who most recently was the head coach at Utah State, replaced Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas.

There’s a little extra interest in Badger football this fall, as

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:45 PM
 
Packers training camp inviting option for fans
By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s official, the Green Bay Packers opened the 68th edition of training camp at Ray Nitschke Field last Friday morning. The training camp is an opportunity for fans to get a first-hand look at the 2013 version of the Green and Gold.

According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, will attract an estimated 100,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries from July 26 through the final open practice Aug. 27. The economic impact of training camp is estimated at $10 million.

For Packer fans, Nitschke Field will open 90 minutes prior to the scheduled practice time and will close 30 minutes after the completion of practice.

Fans also can try the Packers Experience, presented by Kemps,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:30 PM
 
Braun’s suspension not that surprising
By Gary Ridderbusch

It was a sad day for Milwaukee Brewers fans Monday as Ryan Braun, star outfielder and winner of the National League MVP award in 2011, was suspended for the remainder of the season for violating baseball’s anti-doping code.

Most Brewers fans probably figured this day was coming as Braun, 29, failed a drug test in 2011 but avoided punishment on appeal. This time, he wasn’t as lucky following Major League Baseball’s investigation of an anti-aging clinic in South Florida that baseball officials believe distributed performance-enhancing drugs.

Braun, who will miss the final 65 games of the

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:29 PM
 
Snomo hall of fame to induct six leaders
By Gary Ridderbusch

Four volunteers, one innovator and one person prominent in the snowmobile industry will be enshrined in the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame the weekend of Sept. 13, 14 and 15.

The inductees will come to Eagle River, officially the “Snowmobile Capital of the World,” to be enshrined into the ranks of 92 previously inducted members of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

The most influential and well-known snowmobilers in the sport will attend the 24th annual induction ceremony. The new inductees include volunteers Jim Duke of Munising, Mich., Bob and Marie Linn of Waterville, Minn., and Jerry Wanty of Jackson; innovator Russ Lemke of

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:51 PM
 
Zaugg-Siergiej headed to D-1 Robert Morris
By Gary Ridderbusch

Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej, a former Northland Pines hockey player, Wisconsin Badger and Olympian, has been named an assistant coach for the Robert Morris University women’s ice hockey team.

Zaugg, who was in Eagle River during the Fourth of July holiday to play in the OAM Alumni 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament, said she is excited about her first major coaching opportunity at the Division 1 collegiate level.

“For the rest of the summer, I will be involved in numerous hockey camps, attending tournaments and recruiting,” said Zaugg-Siergiej.

Jinelle and her husband, Mike Siergiej, also a Northland Pines graduate,

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:11 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 09, 2013 3:12 PM )
 
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
 
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