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Templeton looks for good things from Leavitt

From what I saw of Bryce Leavitt during the basketball season, I think he’ll be fun to watch as Kennewick’s starting quarterback this year.

I thought he played with great intensity and showed some real competitive fire on the court. He was certainly one of the best players in the CBBN 3A, and he got better as the year went on.

I asked Lions coach Bill Templeton about him, and he couldn’t say enough good things about him.

“I read a book a few years ago called ‘Talent is Overrated’, talking about people like Ben Franklin, Mozart, Tiger Woods. The thing about great performers isn’t just their talent, it’s that they’ve spent thousands and thousands of hours practicing with a coach,” Templeton said. “Bryce epitomizes that.”

One story he told is that Leavitt used to shoot baskets in his driveway until all hours of the night until the neighborhood forbid him to shoot past 10 p.m. because of the noise. Templeton said Leavitt would still sneak out and shoot, and at the first sign of resistance, he would sprint away with the basketball before they could say anything.

“The kid just gets it done,” Templeton said.

Leavitt was listed as a receiver on last year’s roster, but must have worked some at quarterback because Templeton said there was a hitch in his throwing motion. But apparently, River View coach Brett Jay — a former star QB himself at River View under Templeton — worked with him over the summer to help smooth out some rough edges.

That’s pretty rare, don’t you think? A hard-working head coach taking time out to work with a kid from another school.

Makes me smile.

Templeton, too.

“This is my 19th year of coaching and Brett is just one of those special kids,” Templeton said.