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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St. Viator aces out Regina Dominican

Sep 02 2015 | 9:34 pm - Making her girls volleyball varsity debut, St. Viator freshman Carrie Leazer put down a match-high 9 kills to help lead the Lions to a two-set win over Regina Dominican.

With Haaning/Gerber link, looks like Prospect’s all set

Sep 01 2015 | 10:54 pm - Prospect senior Michelle Haaning hands out 30 assists, the Knights' girls volleyball team topped St. Viator in two sets.

Scouting girls volleyball, Northwest

Aug 29 2015 | 5:27 pm - Here's what to expect from the high school girls volleyball season, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty Academy.

Fuerst helping enhance Hersey’s volleyball legacy

Aug 29 2015 | 5:09 pm - Senior Liz Fuerst is committed to Indiana University-Purdue Fort Wayne and is ready to help lead Hersey's girls volleyball team this fall.

2-point conversion gives Rolling Meadows dramatic win over St. Viator

Aug 29 2015 | 7:38 am - Blake Holfeld's 2-point conversion pass to Jose Camacho with 32.6 seconds left in the game gave Rolling Meadows a dramatic 19-18 victory over St. Viator.

Barrington finds its way to success

Aug 27 2015 | 10:16 pm - Barrington gets it s first win in girls golf over Prospect since 2007 as Fillies junior Reena Sulkar is the medalist with a 36.

Girls golf: Hersey ends Prospect’s impressive streak

Aug 25 2015 | 11:01 pm - Hersey's girls golf team ended Prospect's 85-match winning streak in the Mid-Suburban League with a 169-173 victory on the Rob Roy Golf Course on Tuesday.

Girls golf: Encouraging outing for Prospect against state powers

Aug 22 2015 | 11:47 pm - Junior Mary Schafer carded an 83 to lead the Prospect girls golf team to its fourth-place finish in its own invite on Saturday.

Another strong finish for St. Charles North

Aug 22 2015 | 10:29 pm - Freshmen Megan Furtney and Emma Hayes are already making a big impact for St Charles North's girls golf team.

Barrington’s Sulkar continues her ascent

Aug 22 2015 | 7:20 pm - Barrington junior Reena Sulkar is aiming high again after taking eighth place in the 2014 IHSA state girls golf tournament as a sophomore.

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