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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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Schaumburg accelerates past Leyden

Jan 20 2015 | 10:28 pm - In describing his team’s 68-40 win over visiting Leyden on Tuesday night, Schaumburg girls basketball coach Curtis Goodwin said his Saxons got off to a slow start and then picked up their energy. He could have been describing the overall...

Wheeling selects four for high school Hall of Fame

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Cook jumping to it at Lewis

Jan 19 2015 | 1:34 pm - Amber Cook was a four-year varsity letter winner for Warren High School’s track and field team.Her specialty was the triple jump, in which she was a three-time North Suburban Conference champion. You could say she has successfully made the...

Lake Forest Academy savors victory over St. Viator

Jan 19 2015 | 10:49 pm - Being an associate member of the IHSA, Lake Forest Academy does not compete in a conference or the postseason state tournament. “So playing in these kind of tournaments (Monday’s Season’s End at Fenton High School) is great for...

Korff keeps connecting as Hersey wins again

Jan 18 2015 | 12:40 am - Hersey’s newest sharpshooter was at it again on Saturday afternoon at the Glenbrook South dome in Glenview. Annie Korff had three 3-pointers through Hersey’s first 18 girls basketball games. But in the last two she has four. The senior...

Prospect weathers Geneva’s attack

Jan 18 2015 | 12:25 am - Early in the third quarter, Geneva’s girls basketball team went ahead for the first time when freshman Stephanie Hart hit a 17-footer for a 22-21 lead that soon became 26-21. But then state-ranked Prospect showed its heart. Senior Hannah...

Heady play helps Weyhrich, Hersey past Wheeling

Jan 17 2015 | 12:41 am - About the only thing that could slow down Kelly Weyhrich’s momentum on Friday night was on top of her own head. While dribbling late in the final quarter, the sophomore’s white headband slipped down and was around her neck, resulting...

Pipping producing at guard for Christian Liberty

Jan 15 2015 | 10:26 pm - Mikala Pipping played forward in Christian Liberty’s first nine games this season. In the last two, the senior from Lake Zurich moved to guard,and it has only been forward progress. Pipping scored a career-high 15 points with three 3-pointers...

Fremd, Maine West, Prospect set for 25th Classic

Jan 15 2015 | 5:02 pm - Didn’t get enough girls basketball from the 20 games at Fremd’s Chicagoland Invitational Showcase last weekend? Then Jim O’Boye is ready to bring you some more quality action this weekend. For the 25th year, he is putting on the...

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