State sports briefs: Eau Claire, La Crosse chosen to host NCAA ChampionshipsWisconsin Sports
- The NCAA announced that Eau Claire and La Crosse have been chosen as sites for upcoming NCAA tournaments.
The NCAA Division III softball finals will return to UW-Eau Claire in 2013. The tournament was held last month at Eau Claire’s Carson Park at Gelein Field. And the NCAA has announced it will return there, after the 2011-and-’12 tournaments will be played in Salem, Virginia. It’s the sixth time Eau Claire will host the softball finals.
Also, the NCAA has chosen La Crosse to host the 2012 Division III wrestling finals at the La Crosse Center for a second straight year. The Eagles were already set to host the 2011 championships on March 11th-and-12th.
Funeral services were held yesterday for former Brewers’ radio broadcaster Lorn Brown. The 71-year-old Brown died last Thursday at a hospital in Las Cruces New Mexico after a long illness. He joined the Brewers in 1980, after Merle Harmon left after 10 years to help broadcast the Summer Olympics for NBC. But that was before the U.S. decided to boycott the Moscow Games. Brown spent two years calling Brewer games. He was also a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, Saint Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets.
Jerry Sinz of Edgar has been named the national high school football coach-of-the-year. The national coaches’ association presented the honor at a recent banquet in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sinz led Edgar to an unbeaten season and the state Division-Six championship last fall. The Wildcats’ defense only allowed 20 points the entire season. The coaches also recognized Sinz’ career, which has spanned three decades and produced five WIAA state titles and four runner-up finishes. He was among eight finalists for the national coaching award, and the only one from Wisconsin.