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Former UW-Stout Standout Killed in Costa Rica Plane Crash

January 01, 2018 10:46 PM

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) - Coaches and teammates are mourning the death of former Wisconsin-Stout basketball standout and Thorp native Amanda Geissler.

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The California-based adventure travel company Backroads has confirmed that Geissler was one of 10 Americans killed in a charter plane crash Sunday in Costa Rica. Two crew members also died.

Geissler was a guide for Backroads. She was a point guard at Wisconsin-Stout from 2003-07. Head coach Mark Thomas tells KSTP-TV that Geissler is remembered for never being afraid of anything and never accepting failure.

Former assistant coach Erin Sullivan says Geissler wanted to travel and live a life filled with adventure.

Thomas said a number of Geissler's former teammates were gathering Monday to remember her.

The other U.S. citizens who died in the plane crash were part of a tour organized by Backroads.


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