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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Aug 23 2016 | 10:54 pm - Maine West led 24-14 in Set 3 and then held on for a 25-14, 22-25, 25-22 triumph at Elk Grove in a nonconference season-opening girls volleyball match. Junior middle hitter Jessica Riedl had the match-winning kill, her 11th of the night.

Girls volleyball: Hersey begins season-opening series against St. Viator with victory

Aug 22 2016 | 10:48 pm - Freshman Kati Karubov led Hersey with 5 kills as the Huskies stopped visiting St. Viator 25-21, 25-21 in the nonconference girls volleyball opener. The two teams were playing for the first time in a regular-season match.

Girls golf: Scouting Northwest

Aug 19 2016 | 4:00 pm - Barrington Hall of Fame coach Jodi Schoeck has her deepest team in 30 seasons as the Fillies try to defend their Mid-Suburban League girls golf championship this fall.

Girls golf: Lee marshalls impressive start at Buffalo Grove

Aug 19 2016 | 3:50 pm - Buffalo Grove’s Haeri Lee is not lacking confidence heading into her junior season with the Bison girls golf team. She shot an even-par 71 to kick off the 2016 season at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club on Monday.

Girls golf: Classy debuts for Furtney, St. Charles North

Aug 16 2016 | 10:18 pm - Students won’t begin school at St. Charles North until next week — but the North Stars girls golf team is already schooling it opponents. One day after defeating four teams at the Prospect Invite, they produced their best round in...

Girls golf: Smith, Barrington making a name for themselves

Aug 15 2016 | 9:32 pm - Freshman Caroline Smith began her prep career by shooting a 1-under 70 to help lead the Barrington girls golf team to victory in the Fillies own 10-team invite at the Bonnie Dundee Golf Club.

Jockey Geroux takes spotlight at Arlington Million

Aug 13 2016 | 10:23 pm - Jockey Florent Geroux took the spotlight at Saturday’s International Festival of Racing at Arlington Internatian Racecourse. The 30-year-old native of France won 5 races, including four of the five graded events.

Beach Patrol gets narrow win in Secretariat Stakes

Aug 13 2016 | 9:27 pm - Trainer Chad Brown saddled Beach Patrol to victory in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse.

Sea Calisi gives owner 4th win in Beverly D

Aug 13 2016 | 9:22 pm - Favored Sea Calisi gives owner Martin Schwartz a record fourth win in the Beverly D at Arlington International Racecourse.

Mondialiste wins 34th Arlington Million in thrilling fashion

Aug 13 2016 | 7:51 pm - Mondialiste took full of opportunity of what jockey Daniel Alexander Tudhope described as a perfect trip and charged past the leaders in the final sixteenth to win the 34th running of the 1¼ Arlington Million at Arlington International...

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