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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Statement game for Fremd as Vikes win in Wisconsin

Nov 28 2015 | 10:47 pm - After pocketing five wins in Illinois, Fremd girls basketball team left the state to earn victory No. 6 in Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon at the Brookfield Central High School Shootout. The Vikings kept their record perfect at 6-0 with a 59-45...

Hersey’s starters finish Rich East

Nov 28 2015 | 7:30 pm - All 52 points by Hersey came from its starting five of Gina Miklasz (11 points), Carly Cooper (11), Maggie Berigan (11), Kelly Weyhrich (10) and Claire Gritt (9) as the Huskies defeated Rich East 52-43 to win the championship of the Bison Classic...

Hersey teams up to top Buffalo Grove

Nov 27 2015 | 9:06 pm - Hersey's girls basketball team scored 13 unanswered points to begin the final period en route to a 60-50 triumph at the Bison Classic over host Buffalo Grove.

Fremd measures up against Johnsburg

Nov 25 2015 | 10:57 pm - Fremd limited Johnsburg to just 3 field goals and 5 free throws in the first half (12 points) en route to a 65-36 triumph for its fourth title in the Turkey Thriller girls basketball tournament at Lake Zurich High School.

Fremd turns back a determined run from Rolling Meadows

Nov 25 2015 | 12:11 am - Three-time defending Mid-Suburban League girls basketball champ Fremd rallied from an 18-13 deficit at half for a 47-38 victory to remain perfect at 4-0 while Rolling Meadows evened its record at 2-2.

Buffalo Grove gets defensive against Barrington

Nov 24 2015 | 11:17 pm - Buffalo Grove’s girls basketball team ventured away from home for the first time this season. The Bison made sure to bring their defense. Limiting Barrington to 5 points and 4 points, respectively, in the opening quarters of each half,...

Plenty of next-level attention for Prospect product Frasco at Augustana

Nov 23 2015 | 2:36 pm - Sam Frasco’s football career at Augustana apparently wasn’t a secret to those involved in the game on Sunday afternoons. A story in the Quad City Times reported the senior quarterback from Prospect High School had a meeting with...

Prospect rolls in home opener

Nov 23 2015 | 10:12 pm - Prospect’s girls basketball team played its first game of the season at the Jean Walker Fieldhouse on Monday night in Mt. Prospect and came away with a convincing 51-26 victory over Mundelein.

Lake Zurich’s Layne gains acclaim with Rhode Island women’s volleyball

Nov 23 2015 | 2:42 pm - Rhode Island’s women’s volleyball team had a record-setting season for conference accolades. And former Lake Zurich standout Layne Self took part in the postseason honors.The 6-foot-1 junior middle hitter was selected to the second...

Fremd wins one family-style

Nov 20 2015 | 11:47 pm - Julia Wacker scored 8 of Fremd's first 15 points as the Vikings' girls basketball team topped Elk Grove 76-24 in the second round of the Turkey Thriller.

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