03 Feb 2024 Riley Gottsponer – Wonderview (501 Basketball Team 2024)
When the Wonderview Lady Daredevils won back-to-back state championships in 2018 and 2019, Riley Gottsponer got caught up in the wonder.
“I started playing basketball in the seventh grade,” she said. “Watching the Lady Daredevils win a state championship inspired me to start playing basketball. With hard work and dedication, I believed I could do the same.”
Gottsponer and the Lady Daredevils made it to the 1A state semifinals last season.
“My personal goal for this season is to enjoy the last ride and to have no regrets,” she said. “This is my last season with this team, and I want us to go out with a win in the state finals. We have a great chance to win it all.”
Gottsponer has earned All-Conference honors the last three seasons. She also competes in softball and track. She has committed to play basketball at John Brown University.
“Riley is a versatile player that can play every position on the floor,” said Wonderview Head Coach Mark Simmons. “She can score from all three levels: inside, outside and mid-range. Riley is a leader who is positive and helps bring out the best in her teammates. She is very coachable and strives to learn and improve every day. She spends countless hours working on her ability to become the best player she can be.
“Riley is a good teammate because of her positive approach to leadership. She is always encouraging, complimenting and promoting others’ successes. Winning is Riley’s No. 1 goal. She promotes a team-first atmosphere.”