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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.


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
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

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