The decades-old Riverton Vs. Lander rivalry’s latest edition on the basketball court took place last night at Lander Valley High School’s Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
With any good rivalry, there is a high level of competitiveness. Both teams not only want to win this game, but they really like to see the other team lose.
Over the years, however, there have been many things that prove larger than the rivalry. Like when a community member is in need.
Lander freshman Raiden Haberman was recently diagnosed with Chordoma. It’s a rare brain cancer that occurs in the bone at the base of the skull and in the spine. Haberman has undergone three surgeries so far and will fight through eight rounds of radiation next. While Haberman and his family are fighting hard, his travel and medical bills continue to add up.
Enter: Fremont County residents. In lieu of an admission charge Tuesday night, fans were encouraged to donate to the family. Lander fans and Riverton fans, together, helped raise $3,500 for the young man.
Tuesday festivities also honored the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement (MMIWG.)
Both teams wore red warm up jerseys with #MMIWG messages on them. Many fans in attendance also wore red to show support for the movement. Last week, fans attending Wyoming Indian High School and Wind River High School basketball games did the same.
The Lander boys knocked off Riverton 65-55 and the Riverton ladies were victorious 57-47.