Legendary Page dies at age 83

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Gazette wire services
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
— Don Page, a legendary figure in Wisconsin sports, and one with strong ties to southern Wisconsin, has died at age 83.

Page, a Madison native and former basketball coach and athletic director at UW-River Falls, died Tuesday night after a long battle with cancer.

Page was the only person to play, coach and officiate in the boys WIAA state basketball tournament. He led Madison West to the 1945 state championship, coached the Regents to second place in the 1957 tournament and later officiated in five state tournaments.

After lettering twice in basketball and twice in tennis at the University of Wisconsin, Page started his coaching career at Edgerton in basketball and baseball. His Crimson Tide basketball teams won Southern Ten and Badger Conference championships in 1952 and 1953 before he returned to West for four years as head basketball coach, then became head coach at UW-River Falls.

Page also coached baseball at River Falls. His 1964 and 1965 teams won the school’s only conference titles in that sport.

Among his many honors, Page has been inducted into the Edgerton Area Athletic Hall of Fame, Madison Sports Hall of Fame and UW-River Falls Hall of Fame.

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