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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Softball: Scouting Northwest

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Softball: Palatine’s Grossman rock solid in 5-0 shutout

Mar 15 2018 | 10:02 pm - Palatine softball hurler Sarah Grossman, a Milwaukee School of Engineering recruit, threw 2-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over visiting Carmel Catholic on Thursday. Her Northwestern-bound teammate Grace Huff belted her first career homer...

Team captain Kramp wraps up Aurora career

Mar 12 2018 | 3:35 pm - Patrick Kramp, who was a two-time captain for Aurora College and a product of Rolling Meadows High School, wrapped up his four years of basketball for the Spartans with a a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference championship.

Brewster to compete in 100K in early April

Mar 12 2018 | 3:50 pm - Grayslake Central graduate Will Brewster will have one more shot at punching the automatic birth on the U.S. Team when he tackles the United States 100k Road National Championship in Madison, Wis., on April 7.

CCAC concurs: Kerr is top freshman

Mar 05 2018 | 4:04 pm - Grant graduate John Kerr of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa,was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball Freshman of the Year. Kerr averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, both the top marks among all...

Fine finish for Frasco’s career at Quincy

Mar 05 2018 | 3:58 pm - In his final game playing for Quincy University, Prospect graduate Bobby helped the Hawks rally from a 12-point deficit in the seond half to defetat McKendree 127-120 in the highest-scoring game in Quincy history. Frasco, the lone senior on the...

Maine West will try to derail Geneva’s hopes of another state title

Mar 01 2018 | 9:17 pm - Defending champion Geneva and Maine West are set to do battle Friday night in the second semifinal of the Class 4A girls basketball state semifinal at Redbird Arena in Normal.

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