On Saturday, February 1st class 1A Northwest competitors St. Stephens High School and Burlington High School met on the basketball court for boys and girls games.
Despite there being 144 miles between the two schools, BHS and SSHS have become rivals over the years, frankly... because both teams have been so good.
While the competition between the schools on the court is fierce, off the court, it’s not. “We reached out to Burlington because they’ve always been supportive in our cultural activities we share with them,” St. Stephens Indian School posted on Facebook. “Over the years we were rivals, but in the recent years we befriended and connected with the students and athletes in the Burlington community.”
Each year, the teams play a home-and-home series, meaning one game in Burlington and one at St. Stephens. Over the last few years when the Eagles travel to Burlington, the students and fans have been invited to participate in a variety of halftime festivities including traditional dances.
Last Saturday, when BHS visited Fremont County, the two teams decided to honor the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement (MMIWG.) St. Stephens players wore t-shirts and Burlington players placed a red hand print, which has become the logo for the movement, on their calves.
The St. Stephens boys knocked off Burlington Saturday 87-50 and the Burlington ladies were victorious 46-31.
During the annual Riverton Vs. Lander rivalry games at LVHS last month, both teams wore red warm up jerseys with #MMIWG logos on them.
For more information about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, click here.
Photos thanks to: Ladeena Bell and Aimee C’Hair and St. Stephens Indian School