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Work ethic leads Reichhold into dependable Liberty athlete

Leo Reinhold practices at Liberty on Oct. 22, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Leo Reinhold practices at Liberty on Oct. 22, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

For Liberty senior receiver and cornerback Leo Reichhold, the motivation is simple: to give his all 100% of the time.

“My driving force is just seeing everybody in my life, and I want to be better than everybody,” Reichhold said.

Since Reichhold’s playing career began in fourth grade, all he’s ever wanted was to work hard and do everything in his power to ensure he elevated not just himself, but also those around him.

And once he arrived at Liberty, the results were obvious from that desire.

Reichhold emerged into a surefire target in a loaded Liberty offense, one that over the past few seasons played a critical rise in its rise to a premier California program – winning 10-plus games in each of the past three years, highlighted by a state title run in 2018 and capping it off with a 10-2 season in 2019.

During that 2019 campaign when the Lions lost only twice – with both losses coming by one possession to Bay Valley Athletic League champion Pittsburg – Reichhold was a reliable target for current Oregon quarterback Jay Butterfield, catching 21 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, including two performances in the final month of the schedule when he amassed 40 yards in November.

“Just always showing up, working hard, doing what I’m told and just going all out,” Reichhold said.

Over this offseason, there’s only been more time and effort for Reichhold to become an even greater player for the Lions, as he’s the returning leader at the receiver spot.

Reichhold said he’s grown in his route running, strength and agility, along with becoming a more mature student-athlete.

All he wants is to be the hardest worker, and the results will come from there.

“There’s always someone out there that’s going to be better than me no matter what position,” Reichhold said. “Just got to outwork them.”

Under new Liberty head coach Matt Hoefs, Reichhold holds one goal for himself. 

“Goals for myself are just to give my teammates the best I can,” Reichhold said.

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