Mavs alum Riley King turned a stellar three-sport high school career into a professional baseball experience with the Kansas City Royals franchise.
King got his baseball start playing ball with Missoula’s Southside Little League. In 2006, the Southside All-Stars won the state championship in the 11/12 age group. The team went on to the regional tournament in San Bernardino, California where they came in third.
At Sentinel, Riley lettered in football all four years and was the starting quarterback in his sophomore through senior years. He also started all four years on the Spartans varsity basketball team, leading the conference in scoring in his junior and senior seasons. King graduated Sentinel with a 3.8 GPA.
King was part of the Mavericks AA squad from 2010-2013, and was part of the 2010 American Legion Montana/Alberta State Championship team. Riley holds the Mavs’ career and single season stolen base records and posted a career average .406 batting average.
He played basketball for one season at Carroll College in Helena, earning a 3.6 GPA and the Frontier Conference’s Freshman of the Year award. After his freshman year, King was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in June of 2013. King, an outfielder, played one season with the Arizona Royals before moving on to the Burlington (NC) Royals and Idaho Falls Chukars.
King is currently playing independent professional baseball in Topeka, Kansas and hopes to get back with a major league team.
Riley’s parents are Bob and Lisa King of Missoula who continue to be terrific supporters of the Missoula Mavericks. Bob is a State Farm agent and Lisa owns a home décor store in downtown Missoula. The Mavs congratulate the King family for all their successes on and off the field.