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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Arlington season for 2016 to open May 6

Oct 02 2015 | 6:35 pm - Arlington Park 2016 dates have been announced, and the local thoroughbred track will run a 74-day meet starting on May 6.

Festive evening as Hersey handles Buffalo Grove

Oct 03 2015 | 12:17 am - Hersey’s homecoming fans were treated to a 35-14 victory from the Huskies over Buffalo Grove in the Mid-Suburban League football game.

Schaumburg’s Pancratz gets career coaching win No. 800

Oct 01 2015 | 11:02 pm - Schaumburg coach Jeanette Pancratz won her 800th career girls volleyball match on Thursday night when she defeated a Conant team coached by her daughter, Drewann.

Girls golf: Sulkar repeats as Barrington asserts itself

Sep 29 2015 | 9:07 pm - Barrington won its first MSL girls golf championship since 2007 and its 11th under coach Jodi Schoeck with a score of 320 at the Fox Run Golf Course in Elk Grove on Tuesday.

Prospect prepares for league test in winning fashion

Sep 26 2015 | 8:24 pm - Prospect's girls volleyball team went 5-0 to win its own Sandy Pifer Invite on Saturday.

Lacosse, Rolling Meadows rumble past Wheeling

Sep 26 2015 | 12:33 am - Rolling Meadows junior Kevin Lacosse rushed for 239 yards as the Mustangs topped visiting Wheeling 67-34 in a Mid-Suburban East football opener.

Schaumburg turns it up, tops Barrington

Sep 24 2015 | 10:45 pm - Schaumburg's girls volleyball team is tied Barrington for second place in the MSL West after a three-set win over the Fillies.

Barrington at its festive best against Fremd

Sep 22 2015 | 11:01 pm - Barrington's girls golf team improved to 10-0 in the Mid-Suburban League with a win over Fremd at Palatine Hills on Tuesday.

Elk Grove’s Fleming sets his sights on Southern Illinois

Sep 21 2015 | 3:47 pm - Elk Grove senior Chuck Fleming has made a baseball commitment to Southern Illinois.

Lake Zurich’s Morrissey a hit at Augustana

Sep 21 2015 | 3:55 pm - Lake Zurich graduate Nicole Morrissey is off to a nice start in her sophomore volleyball season at Augustana.

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