LUSK – In front of her friends and family, Niobrara County High School senior Riley Shaw became the second Lady Tiger basketball player in two weeks to sign her National Letter of Intent to continue at the college level.
By signing with Chadron State College, Shaw is on her way to completing a lifelong dream of playing college basketball.
She first met CSC head coach Janet Raymer during a summer camp as a sixth grader and a bond was made between the two. Raymer kept her eye on Shaw as she matured into a varsity player, and Shaw always had an interest in the Lady Eagles program.
“It’s a great school, and they offer a lot of great programs,” Shaw said. “Majoring in biology and eventually getting my doctorate in physical therapy, it’s a good place to get started.”
Like her teammate and close friend Courtney Rowley, both have endured a multitude of injuries, yet persisted to achieve their dreams. Shaw’s interest in physical therapy fits well in her diminutive frame, as she wants to help others work through injury to play competitive sports.
“I’ve had my fair share of setbacks and having to sit out helped me,” she added. “I’ve learned that there’s a process and you have to trust the process, and everything happens for a reason.”
Outgoing Lady Tiger basketball coaches Deb and Rich Murray have worked with Shaw even before she was a freshman, and Deb beamed with pride for this moment.
“It’s really exciting, Riley has had such a passion for the game since she was young, and many coaches from around the area feel she can play at the next level,” she said. “It’s a culmination of many years of hard work, and it’s fun to watch these kids get some rewards for that.”
The 2021 Class 2A All-State player and 2A Southeast Conference Player of the Year is also active in FBLA and has spent the past two years on the WHSAA student advisory council.
“I’m just so grateful to have lived in this community and have great people around and supported me all these years,” she said.