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: Another regular season ends with win for Grams

May 22 2018 | 9:13 pm - Elk Grove’s softball team wrapped up its 38th regular season under coach Ken Grams on Tuesday, and it ended like 924 other games since the hall of famer took over in 1982. Grams won his 925th game as Grenadiers sophomore ace Lauren Clausen...

Barbian finishes on top in home finale at Augustana

May 21 2018 | 3:11 pm - Kevin Barbian’s final regular-season meet of his four-year career for Augustana’s men’s track team was a memorable one. The Libertyville graduate and Vikings senior won the shut put (53-7½) at the Augustana Twilight...

Hersey’s Fendley joins IBCA Hall of Fame

May 21 2018 | 3:02 pm - During the 2016-2017 girls basketball season, Hersey coach Mary Fendley reached a milestone of 400 wins in her 20 seasons directing the program.On May 5, she reached another milestone. Fendley was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches...

Softball: Fremd right at home in Rosemont

May 18 2018 | 9:33 pm - Senior Jess Mazur belted her 32nd career homer and Hannah Ban had an inside-the-park homer for Fremd, which defeated Crystal Lake Central 12-0 in the Varsity Jamboree on Friday night at the Bandits Stadium in Rosemont.

Softball: Grand effort helps Atlas, Barrington win MSL title

May 17 2018 | 10:57 pm - One week earlier, Leyden Atlas’s grand slam played a major role when Barrington clinched the Mid-Suburban West softball title with a win at Palatine. Atlas was back on the map again on Thursday when she helped the Fillies win the league crown...

Softball: Cacini connects; Prospect, Hersey, Elk Grove share East title

May 16 2018 | 9:58 pm - Alyssa Cacini’s home run lifted Prospect to a dramatic 2-1 triumph over visiting Hersey on Wednesday in Mt. Prospect. Hersey, Prospect and Elk Grove each earned a share of the Mid-Suburban East crown. Due to MSL tiebreaker rules, Hersey...

Softball: Clausen helps Elk Grove stay alive in MSL East race

May 15 2018 | 9:44 pm - After winning 11-4 at Prospect three weeks ago, Elk Grove sophomore Lauren Clausen fired a 4-hitter on Tuesday with a career-high 11 strikeouts to notch a 5-1 win over the Knights and keep the Grenadiers’ hopes alive for a MSL East...

Mack perseveres and excels at Grinnell

May 14 2018 | 3:59 pm - Andrew Mack is finishing up his senior season at Grinnell College in superb fashion. After fighting elbow and shoulder problems that kept him sidelined for most of the past two seasons, the Libertyville graduate has come back for his final year to...

Girls volleyball: Hersey’s Kaburov finds a Boston connection

May 14 2018 | 3:50 pm - Kati Kaburov quickly became one of the top Mid-Suburban League volleyball players. Only a sophomore, last year she was named the MSL East player of the year Just as quickly, she has already made her college commitment. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter...

Softball: Atlas slugs Barrington to MSL West title

May 10 2018 | 10:18 pm - Junior Leyden Atlas belted a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning which broke a 3-3 tie and lifted Barrington to the Mid-Suburban West softball title with a 7-3 win at Palatine. The Fillies improved to 25-2 and 15-0 in the West while Palatine...

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