Editorial

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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May 21 2016 | 11:27 pm - Palatine softball coach Nicole Pauly gets engaged before her team defeated Resurrection 5-2 in Saturday’s final game of the regular season.

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May 19 2016 | 10:12 pm - Conant senior Sara Neuman (19-1) fired a perfect game as the Cougars went 5-for-5 in Mid-Suburban League softball championship games with a 1-0 shutout over visting Elk Grove.

Softball: Menu included 3 homers for Fremd’s Mazur

May 18 2016 | 9:31 pm - Sophomore Jessica Mazur (5-for-5) belted 3 home runs and 2 doubles to pace the Fremd offense in a 23-0 triumph at Rolling Meadows in the final Mid-Suburban League softball conference game of the spring for both teams.

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