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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It’s settled: Camardo’s clutch for Buffalo Grove

May 01 2015 | 10:38 pm - When Buffalo Grove all-area softball pitcher Julia Camardo falls behind early in a game, like on Friday at Hoffman Estates, she has a game plan in place. “I just have to make sure not to freak out,” said the Wisconsin-Whitewater...

Pirates pull out 18-13 win

Apr 30 2015 | 10:43 pm - One thing first-year Palatine softball coach Nicole Pauly likes about her hitters this season is their ability to put the ball in play. Perhaps they never showed better consistency than Thursday when the Pirates scored a season-high total for runs...

Trainers optimistic as Arlington returns for another run

Apr 30 2015 | 5:47 pm - Another thoroughbred season opens on Friday at Arlington International, the longtime summer destination of horse racing fans from the northwest suburbs and throughout the Midwest. John Leusch previews the opening weekend with the help of some top...

Another big win for Schaumburg

Apr 29 2015 | 10:36 pm - For the past few years, Conant has usually been the team being chased in the Mid-Suburban West softball standings. On Wednesday in Hoffman Estates, the Cougars were playing the team that everyone is chasing this spring. The Schaumburg Saxons showed...

Prospect turns close call in its favor

Apr 28 2015 | 8:55 pm - By surrendering 1 run in the top of first inning, Prospect’s softball team actually gained momentum. Visiting Wheeling loaded the bases with no outs, but freshman pitcher Alyssa Cacini escaped by giving up only a sacrifice fly to right by...

Glasgow will author a new collegiate chapter at Penn

Apr 27 2015 | 3:15 pm - You could say former Rolling Meadows standout guard Alexis Glasgow is getting down to business in her collegiate career. Glasgow is announcing that she is transferring from Northwestern University to the University of Pennsylvania to play basketball...

Antioch’s Ori will be Augustana’s gain

Apr 27 2015 | 3:20 pm - Bianca Ori, a four-year varsity volleyball player for Antioch, will continue her career at Augustana College in Rock Island. The 5-foot-8 Ori was called a “dominating outside hitter” by her high school coach Jamie Atkinson. Ori served...

Schaumburg stands firm against Barrington

Apr 27 2015 | 10:42 pm - With a chance to retain first place in the Mid-Suburban West, Schaumburg’s softball team held its ground against visiting Barrington on Monday. And a groundball up the middle by junior left fielder Sarah Schwind proved to be the game-ender as...

Meticulously, Leach helps Elk Grove solve Buffalo Grove

Apr 24 2015 | 10:20 pm - Elk Grove senior Brianna Leach always enjoyed the television crime drama series CSI-Crime Scene Investigation. “I like to knit-pick at things,” she said. “That stuff has always interested me.” That’s why Leach...

Cottrell to lead Prospect girls basketball program

Apr 24 2015 | 3:39 pm - Prospect High School associate principal Greg Minter has announced that Gabrielle Cottrell will become the fifth girls basketball coach in Knights history. A former basketball and volleyball and soccer standout at Prospect, Cottrell served as a...

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