Editorial

John Leusch

Staff Writer
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John Leusch is the senior prep writer on the Daily Herald staff.

After working in the Arlington Park public relations department while in college and serving one summer as an agent for a jockey at the racetrack, Leusch began at the Daily Herald in the fall of 1980 as a sports agate clerk and one year later began covering high school sports.

He was hired full-time in 1984 as the prep sports writer for Lake County when the Daily Herald expanded to that region. He has been the Daily Herald's main Cook County girls prep writer since 1988 and one of the senior high school writers in the state.

In 2003, he received an Illinois Girls Coaches Association Appreciation Award and in 2009 was chosen as "Newsperson of the Year" by the Illinois Coaches Association for girls softball.

Leusch has also covered Arlington Park racetrack for the Daily Herald since 1990, and he has covered every Arlington Million since then. He has been appeared on ABC 7's Sunday morning show to discuss racetrack issues and Arlington Park. He also has appeared as a guest on many of the track's in-house programs and for "Breakfast at Arlington."

Leusch also has been the ghost writer for weekly columns by Kentucky Derby winning trainer Carl Nafzger and Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day.

A native of Mount Prospect, where he still resides, Leusch graduated from Loyola University with a degree in communications. He attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, where he wrote for the school newspaper and served as the football team's manager for four years, earning a "Manager of the Year" award his senior year.

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Wheeling passes tougher test from Leyden

Jan 17 2018 | 10:32 pm - Wheeling’s girls baksetball team improved to 12-7 with a 36-33 triumph over Leyden in Franklin Park. The Wildcats won 58-38 over Leyden three weeks ago at the Blenner Classic at St. Viator on Dec. 27.

St. Viator clamps down on defense to top York

Jan 16 2018 | 10:12 pm - St. Viator’s girls basketball team overcame a 10-2 opening-quarter deficit to prevail 32-21 over visiting York in Tuesday’s nonconference game in Arlignton Heights.

St. Louis-bound Clark on verge of career achievement at St. Viator

Jan 15 2018 | 9:22 pm - St. Viator senior Myia Clark, who needs 20 points to become the Lions’ all-time leading scorer in girls basketball, signed a letter of intent last fall and is looking forward to studying criminal justice and playing Division I basketball at...

Fisherkeller takes libero skills to College of Lake County

Jan 15 2018 | 8:36 pm - Grant senior Katy Fisherkeller has officially signed with the College of Lake County to play volleyball this fall for Lancers coaches Janet and Bill Szczesniak. Fisherkeller played libero for Grant the last two years and has been on the Bulldogs...

St. Ignatius rallies past Hersey 49-40

Jan 13 2018 | 7:51 pm - Hersey’s girls baksetball team led 23-13 when St. Ignatius went on a 12-0 run and went on to claim a 49-40 win at the newly renamed Coach Kipp’s Hoopsfest on Saturday afternoon at Willowbrook High School.

Fahey, Hersey deliver at Rolling Meadows

Jan 12 2018 | 11:57 pm - Freshman Mary Kate Fahey was 5-of-5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 17 points as the Huskies topped host Rolling Meadows 49-41 to move into a first-place tie in the Mid-Suburban East girls basketball standings. Both teams are 4-1 after...

Chargers never trail, climb above .500

Jan 11 2018 | 9:21 pm - The Christian Liberty/Christian Heritage Academy Co-op girls basketball team went above .500 with its 42-34 win over Beacon Academy of Evanston on Thursday in Arlington Heights.

Fremd finds fast starts for win at Prospect

Jan 09 2018 | 11:12 pm - Fremd’s girls basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 62-49 win over Prospect on Tuesday night at the Jean Walker Field House in Mt. Prospect. Freshman Ruthie Montella scored 18 points to lead the Vikings.

Fremd’s D’Ambrosio steps toward catching future at Missouri-Kansas City

Jan 08 2018 | 2:57 pm - Fremd senior Lexi D’Ambrosio, an all-area catcher, has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Division I softball program.

Lake Zurich’s Staley gets All-American recognition

Jan 08 2018 | 3:02 pm - Illinois Wesleyan junior defensive back Trevor Staley, who played at Lake Zurich, was named to the second team of the 2017 Associated Press Little All-America Division III football squad.

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