John Leusch

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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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Oct 22 2016 | 7:29 pm - Hersey’s girls volleyball team won all five of its matches in two sets on Saturday to take the championship of the Lake Park Invite.

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Oct 22 2016 | 8:36 pm - Schaumburg physical education teacher Jeanette Pancratz, one of the most successful girls volleyball coaches in IHSA history, is retiring after the school year. She owns a career record of 823-459 heading into regional play this week.

Palatine wraps up unbeaten regular season

Oct 22 2016 | 12:28 am - Palatine’s football team closed out regular season with a 9-0 record following a 49-21 victory over visiting Schaumburg on Friday night.

Girls volleyball: Fremd tops Hersey for MSL title

Oct 20 2016 | 10:50 pm - Fremd’s girls volleyball team won its first MSL championship in school history with a 25-23, 25-20 victory at Hersey on Thursday night.

Girls volleyball: BG fights off Conant for three-set comeback win

Oct 18 2016 | 9:49 pm - Buffalo Grove rallied for a three-set win over Conant in Tuesday’s Mid-Suburban League girls volleyball crossover.

Girls basketball: DeMarigny eager to extend Kipp’s legacy at Maine West

Oct 17 2016 | 3:45 pm - Kim DeMarigny has been named the new girls basketball coach at Maine West High School.

College tennis: Mella’s max effort leads to CCIW honor at Carthage

Oct 17 2016 | 3:52 pm - Carthage junior Max Mella, a Warren graduate, was named women’s tennis player of the week in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Girls volleyball: Palatine wins Pumpkin; Pinley wins 400

Oct 15 2016 | 9:53 pm - Palatine’s girls volleyball team won the 24-team Maine West Pumpkin Invite, and Fremd coach Curt Pinley won his 400th girls volleyball match as the Vikings claimed the championship of the Grayslake North Invite.

Girls golf: Runner-up state finish is Barrington’s best

Oct 15 2016 | 8:38 pm - Barrington took second place in the high school girls golf state tournament on Saturday in Decatur. It was the Fillies’ best finish in ten trips to the state finals, including a third-place trophy in 1996.

Girls golf: Sulkar, Barrington in state title picture after day one

Oct 14 2016 | 7:53 pm - Barrington is just 4 strokes behind first-place Wheaton Warrenville South after one round of the high school girls golf state tournament in Decatur. Fillies senior Reena Sulkar is in a seven-way tie for first after shooting a 1-under 72 on the...

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