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Athlete Spotlight

By all accounts, Brandon Leuallen had an outstanding senior year. His play as a starter on Rifle High’s basketball and baseball teams earned him All-Western Slope League, first-team honors in both sports.Additionally, Leuallen earned all-state, all-academic honors as a member of the Bears’ basketball team.Switching to the diamond, Leuallen took over the role of Rifle’s No. 1 pitcher this year. He responded to the challenge by having a huge year, as team-leader in wins (8), strikeouts (33) and innings pitched (44 1-3).Leuallen was just as dangerous at the plate, ending the year with a .435 batting average with a team-high 31 runs batted in.Name: Brandon Leuallen Nickname: BLSchool, year: Rifle High School, seniorSport: baseball, basketballPosition(s): second base/pitcher, guardMost memorable moment of high school sports career: I pitched an 11-inning game against Alameda last year. I have never felt so good after a game as I did when we finally won that game. Favorite class: draftingFavorite athlete: Michael Jordan, because he is Michael Jordan.Favorite band/musician: Brad PaisleyMost inspirational person: Lance Armstrong. Through all of the cancer he is still able to train harder than anyone else and win.What do you do in your free time? fishWhat is the one thing you would like to accomplish before graduation? I just want to spend as much time with my friends as possible.Plans after high school: I will go play baseball in college.Tell us one thing people might not know about you: I once ate a raw perch. A quote from assistant basketball coach David Koscht: “He is a spark plug.” Do you know an area athlete you would like to see in the spotlight? Let us know. To nominate someone for the “Athlete Spotlight,” send an e-mail to sports@postindependent.com and tell us what makes the nominee special.


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