The local basketball scene lost one of its biggest supporters as Tony Geer passed away in his sleep Thursday morning, he was 50.
If you attended the biggest basketball events, odds are Tony was there. From his play-by-play call to holding court at the media table during the state tournament, Tony was one of a kind. He founded Community Hoops and covered thousands of games during his reporting career.
Buried not too far his semi-rough exterior was a man who literally helped hundreds to follow their passions and realize their dreams. He encouraged Steven Froemming to blog about basketball and other high school sports on Stevens Sports Report, he helped Mike Peden become a staple of Lynx basketball coverage in this town. There are others whose stories I am not aware, but that is what Tony did and that is who Tony was. Mike writes for the Examiner and wrote a great tribute to Tony you can find it here.
"He basically got me into the Twin Cities media market," said Froemming.
I had the pleasure of working with Tony a couple of times. The first was the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic basketball event, the second, the Girls All-Star game. Both events were made better by his presence. His personality and quick wit were unmistakable and will be missed.