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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.

 



Packers, Badgers keep football on top

By Gary Ridderbusch

The Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin Badgers will keep things interesting for Wisconsin football fans into January.

The Packers, after a slow start, have improved to 9-4 and clinched the NFC North Division with a 21-13 victory over the Chicago Bears Sunday. With the playoffs just three weeks away, it looks like the Packers are peaking at the right time, much like they did in their Super Bowl run in 2010 following a 10-6 regular season.

If the Packers can continue to overcome a rash of injuries with solid play from a bunch of reserves, plus get some starters back in time for the play-offs, look for the Green and Gold to make a nice run in post-season play this year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:04 PM
 
Hall of fame to honor 2013 inductees, Derby

By Gary Ridderbusch

The board of directors of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain has announced the 2013 inductees, including Blair Morgan of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; John Zeglin of Delano, Minn.; Norman Ball III of Menominee Falls; and Bob Bracey of Almont, Mich.

This will be the 30th annual Ride With The Champs and the 26th annual induction ceremony. It will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, at Whitetail Inn in St. Germain as the evening event of the daylong Ride With the Champs, sponsored by Modine HotDawg Garage Heaters. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:31 PM
 
Kirsch of Three Lakes shares Santo stories
Jim Kirsch of Three Lakes displays many of his Ron Santo collectibles.                            —STAFF PHOTO

 

By Gary Ridderbusch

When Ron Santo was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., July 22, 2012, a longtime family friend was sitting among the special guests — Jim Kirsch of Three Lakes.

Kirsch grew up in Chicago and became good friends with the Santo family when he worked at Happy Day Stables in Chicago. Santo played third base for the Chicago Cubs from 1960 through 1973.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:49 PM )
 
Badgers must forget about tough losses

By Gary Ridderbusch

As a Wisconsin Badgers football fan, I have some mixed emotions about this weekend’s Big Ten Championship game against Nebraska. It’s great the Badgers are in the title game for the second straight year, but do they deserve to be there?

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema says he understands why a lot of people believe his Badgers don’t deserve to be playing in the Big Ten title game.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:25 PM
 
Growth in girls sports boosts participation level

Boosted by continued growth in several girls sports, participation in high school sports increased for the 23rd consecutive year in 2011-’12, according to the an- nual High School Athletics Participation Survey con- ducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

 

Based on figures from the 51 NFHS-member state high school athletic/activity associations, which in­cludes the District of Columbia, sports participation for the 2011-’12 school year reached an all-time high of 7,692,520 participants — an increase of 24,565 from the previous year.

 

By Gary Ridderbusch

“In this time of ever-increasing financial challenges in our nation’s high schools, we are greatly encouraged to know that participation in high school sports continues to rise,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “With more than 55% of students enrolled in high schools participating in athletics, the value of these programs in an education-based setting continues to be significant.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:11 PM
 
It’s a new season for area sports 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 football team winning a championship in the Western Peninsula Athletic Conference (WestPAC) and the Northland Pines boys soccer team winning a Regional title.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:13 PM
 
Eight-man football holds state jamboree

By Gary Ridderbusch

The WIAA’s first eight-player football jamboree was held Saturday at D.C. Everest’s Stiehm Stadium in Schofield, featuring the top four seeded eligible teams from both of the two regions.

The return of the reduced-player offering is intended to assist smaller schools maintain football in their schools and communities. This was the first year that Three Lakes played eight-man football, but the Bluejays were not eligible for the jamboree.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:39 PM
 
Pines basketball event to benefit future stars

By Gary Ridderbusch

Many college basketball teams kick off the season with special events for fans on the first night of practice as a way to build excitement for the upcoming season.

Locally, the Northland Pines Basketball Association (NPBA) is trying to build interest and excitement in the basketball program at Northland Pines High School, as well as at the lower grades in the school district.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:09 PM
 
Pines soccer, football had great seasons

By Gary Ridderbusch

After the Northland Pines Eagles football team won its first Western Peninsula Athletic Conference (WestPAC) championship and the boys soccer team won a Division 2 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Regional title, the seasons for both teams came to a screeching halt last week.

The football team took a perfect 8-0 record into Level 1 play-off action last Friday in Division 4, but the second-seeded Eagles were upset 34-20 by seventh-seeded St. Croix Central.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:44 PM
 
It’s big week for Pines football, soccer teams

By Gary Ridderbusch

It’s been a big week for sports at Northland Pines High School as the Eagles football team won it first Western Peninsula Athletic Conference (WestPAC) championship and the boys soccer team won a Division 2 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Regional title.

The football team went on the road to defeat L’Anse, Mich., a team that had only one conference loss and was celebrating its Homecoming Friday night. But the Eagles got off to a fast start, building a 55-0 halftime lead and then cruising to the 68-24 victory.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:14 PM
 
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