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: Prospect’s riding high after win against Buffalo Grove

Apr 28 2016 | 9:45 pm - Prospect’s softball team gained its first win in the Mid-Suburban East with a 13-8 triumph over visiting Buffalo Grove.

Softball: Conant stays perfect in MSL West

Apr 26 2016 | 11:01 pm - First place in the Mid-Suburban League West softball race was on the line when Conant sophomore Makenna McCarthy stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the 12th inning on Tuesday in Hoffman Estates.

Softball: Fremd coach Weaver doubles down in the fight against Rett syndrome

Apr 26 2016 | 11:05 pm - Fremd softball coach Jim Weaver is putting together a fundraising event for Rett syndrome at two Mid-Suburban League games on Monday at Rolling Meadows High School.

Baseball: Haas has a breakthrough at Valparaiso

Apr 25 2016 | 3:32 pm - Hersey grad Trevor Haas is finding a new level of pitching success under coach Brian Schmack at Valparaiso this spring.

Softball: Conant, Schaumburg to be continued

Apr 25 2016 | 10:12 pm - Conant’s softball team, undefeated in the Mid-Suburban West, was leading host Schaumburg 3-1 after three innings on Monday when the lightning detector sounded and the game was was suspended.

Softball: Elk Grove extends record to 14-1

Apr 23 2016 | 11:22 pm - Elk Grove’s softball team (14-1) gained 2-0 leads in both games and never looked back while recording a 12-2 and 10-0 sweep of host New Trier on Saturday in Winnetka.

Softball: Suspense delayed: Conant, Fremd tied 5-5

Apr 22 2016 | 10:52 pm - Fremd and Conant’s softball teams were tied 5-5 after 10 innings on Friday when the Mid-Suburban West game had to be suspended because of darkness. It will resume on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Softball: Schaumburg’s a hit at Barrington

Apr 21 2016 | 9:46 pm - Schaumburg senior Paige Alt (6-3) threw a 6-hitter and went 2-for-4 at the plate in a 4-2 Mid-Suburban West softball victory over Barrington on Thursday.

Softball: Rookie, veteran lead Conant past Barrington

Apr 20 2016 | 11:02 pm - Sophomore Makenna McCarthy went 3-for-3 with a 2-run homer and double while senior Sara Neuman pitched a 2-hitter with 10 strikeouts to lead Conant’s softball team to a 3-0 shutout over visiting Barrignton on Wednesday.

Softball: Niles North edges Maine West

Apr 19 2016 | 10:19 pm - Niles North’s softball team remained unbeaten in the Central Suburban League North on Tuesday with a 5-4 victory over Maine West in Skokie on Tuesday.

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