Lander ‘Spikes Out’ Cancer on the court

By Shawn O’Brate

LANDER – Friday afternoon was a special night in Lander as the Lady Tigers volleyball team not only faced one of the toughest opponents on its calendar, but did so with intent behind the game.

The Lander Valley High School (LVHS) Lady Tigers’ game against Lyman on Friday was not only their Senior Night celebration, but also their first – hopefully of many – “Spike Out Cancer” game.

Half of Lander’s population seemed to attend the match in their brightest and boldest pink outfits. Some wore pink hats, some wore pink shirts and socks, some even donned a pink “A Christmas Story” rabbit onesie. No matter how you looked, it was pink as far as the eye could see.

Sophomore Kyndall McFadden pitched against Lyman Friday in Lander. (p/c Carl Cote)

After the excitement of Senior Night, we applauded and praised those who spent four years in the LVHS school system and their volleyball teams, but after that there was very little to really celebrate as the 20-3 Lyman Lady Eagles had their way with the ball.

Lander would find a way through some strong serves and runs, but in the end the Lady Eagles defeated the varsity team in three straight sets (25-12, 25-15, 25-11).

But more importantly, the game itself served many higher purposes. Auctioning items donated by businesses, raising money for breast cancer awareness through concessions and t-shirt sales.

The Lady Tigers celebrated a point against Lyman on Senior Night in Lander on Friday. (p/c Carl Cote)

Before the event actually took place, head coach Marissa Powell said that this pink pick for “Spike Out Cancer” was something she’d been trying to put together for “years” but never got around to it until tonight.

The Lady Tigers are looking at the postseason with only a few games left between then and now.

Go Lady Tigers!

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