Spotlight: Riley Leasure
The Tyler Star News Spotlight Athlete of the Week for July 4, 2018, is Silver Knights senior-to-be football player Riley Leasure.
Leasure is a 5’8” 160 lb. wide receiver/defensive back who loves football. Last season he came into Tyler Consolidated’s opening week of practice as one of the best conditioned players on the team. His off-season work ethic is second to none. He spends a lot of time in the weight room and has a goal of helping the Silver Knights make the playoffs in 2018.
Last year, prior to the season, he spent a lot of time at Infinity Fitness Center in Sistersville and working out with his older brother Skylar. He is always trying to recruit students to be new players for the Knights.
This season his focus has changed from working with his older brother to working with his younger brother, Parker, to make him a more complete player. Parker is a freshman who has had success in middle school as a quarterback and strong safety.
“I believe we have a good shot at seeing a lot of success this season. If everyone on the team executes what they practice, only good things will happen this year.” Said Riley.
During the past two years you could hear the name Leasure quite often when the announcer would tell who made the tackle or interception. He is one of those players who likes to be around the ball and in on the action. What he gives up in size he makes up in heart and hustle, and being solid as a rock. Opposing teams do not like getting hit by him and often shy away when they see him coming.
He said he has a lot of respect for his coaches and always works hard to perfect the techniques they team him. He spends a lot of time working on the game and putting his heart into his contributions to the team.
“I have learned that football is a team game, and I enjoy working out with my teammates. I have great respect for them, and I am a team player and will do whatever it takes to help the team.”
Last season was Riley’s best year as a Silver Knight. He was one of the leading tacklers on the team and had several interceptions. He is also a threat on offense as a receiver who has good hands and has a knack for getting open.
As much as he loves football, and with the Silver Knights and Pittsburgh Steelers being his favorite teams, football is not his only interest. Riley is an avid outdoors man. He loves to hunt deer and turkey, and fish for bass and musky. He just loves the outdoors and has volunteered with the Middle Island Longbeards, working on the annual banquet committee for several years – which helped him earn the West Virginia State “Jake of the Year” in 2010.
He is also an honor student at Tyler Consolidated and has been a member of the National Honor Society. His career choice after high school is to be a welder, following in the footsteps of his older brother Mackenzie.
Above all the sports he loves and enjoys, his favorite thing may be a Burger, Pizza or some Hot Wings. According to his Grandpa Bob Leasure, Riley can sure put away the food. “I don’t know how he stays so small, it has to be the amount of work he does; his energy level is one of the highest I’ve ever seen.”
Silver Knights fans can get a good look at what he’s all about in a couple months when the Knights take the field. Look for Riley Leasure to be in on the action, and if you happen to miss a play just keep your ears open, they’ll be calling his name out from the press box.