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The Lander Tiger basketball team, kneeling from left, manager Mike Oman, Steve Novakovich, Mike Hubbard, Vernon Harris, Glen Enos, Harvey Spoonhunter, Brent Schaefer, Roger Cox. Standing from left, coach Bill DiFelici, Frank Hamilton, Kirk Lunt, Bill Willoughby, Gary Nielsen, Jim Svilar, Randy Wegner and head coach Tom Massey, pictured on March 14, 1972. File photo

The way it was: Lander Tigers -- 1972

Mar 17, 2013 - Staff

Fremont County sent three teams to the state high schol baskerball tournament at the University of Wyoming in 1972 -- Dubois in Class B (the equivalent of today's 2-A) and both Lander and Riverton in Class AA (today's 4-A).

The Lander Tigers took a 12-6 record to state, having finished third in the West AA regional tournament in Worland behind runner-up Riverton and powerhouse Rock Springs, which was enjoying one of history's great eras in Wyominb basketball. Rock Springs won its second straight state title in '72 and would dominate AA ball through the decade.

Lander and Riverton managed just one win between them in four games at state. The Tigers lost to Cheyenne East and Casper Natrona. Riverton lost to Laramie, beat Cody, the nalso fell to the Natrona Mustangs. Dubois took third place in Class B.

Photo: The Lander Tiger basketball team, kneeling from left, manager Mike Oman, Steve Novakovich, Mike Hubbard, Vernon Harris, Glen Enos, Harvey Spoonhunter, Brent Schaefer, Roger Cox. Standing from left, coach Bill DiFelici, Frank Hamilton, Kirk Lunt, Bill Willoughby, Gary Nielsen, Jim Svilar, Randy Wegner and head coach Tom Massey, pictured on March 14, 1972. File photo

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