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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.


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
Momentum building for Journeys Marathon

By Gary Ridderbusch

While there is still snow on the ground, momentum is building for the 17th annual Journeys Marathon set for Saturday, May 11,  on the scenic back roads of Vilas County.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visi­tors Center has an­nounced that more than 600 runners are currently registered to run or walk the popular race course.

In addition, the chamber is seeking volunteers to participate in a variety of ways, according to chamber events coordinator Kim Emerson.

On Friday, volunteers can assist with registration

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:17 PM
Spring sports off to slow start here

By Gary Ridderbusch

With more than a foot of snow still on the ground, the spring sports season is getting off to a slow start for area high school teams as many nonconference games already have been cancelled.

The only sport that has had any resemblance of a season is track — especially at Northland Pines High School. That’s because Pines has a field house that includes a five-lane, 200-meter indoor track, along with space for high jumping, pole vaulting, throwing the shot and a long-jumping pit filled with foam pellets.

That leaves baseball, softball, girls soccer and golf

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:35 PM

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