Athlete profile: Dexter’s Leonard kicking Dreads to success

Dexter’s Blake Leonard believes the Dreadnaughts’ incredible success on the soccer field begins at the beginning.

“I believe Dexter soccer has been so successful because of the high quality clubs available to kids in the Dexter area with great coaches such as Sara Camara, my childhood coach,” said Leonard. “This year in particular I believe we have been so successful because of the fact that almost all of us have been playing together for a long time and there is a lot of team chemistry as a result of that.”

Leonard, 17, is the son of Greg and Terri Leonard and is the Dreadnaughts’ starting striker. He started playing soccer when he was 3 years old and started playing for the Dexter Soccer Club at around 6.

“My parents started me with soccer just for fun as sort of a trial because I played many different sports as a kid such as basketball, football, and baseball,” he said. “I liked soccer better than other sports because many of my friends played soccer and I was always better at soccer than any other sport I played.”

Leonard was captain of the JV team during his sophomore year and is one of the team captains on this year’s varsity team. He’s also won the scholar athlete award each year of high school and made the All-Star team at the Indiana University ID soccer camp.

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Leonard, who volunteers as a coach for the Dexter soccer club with the academy program, has played varsity soccer
the past two seasons, including this year as a starter.

“Our season is going well overall with a few rocky patches here and there,” he said as the Dreads into the postseason. “My goals for the season are to be the best team player I can be and hopefully play a hand in winning some trophies.”

When the season is over, Leonard plans on focusing on school and enjoying the time he has left in high school. He is currently looking at Michigan State, Michigan and Butler University for college.

“For college I would like to study political science and hopefully attend law school,” said Leonard who has a 3.85 grade-point average. “No matter where I go I would like to play soccer on the club team.”

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