Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.
Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.
Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.
1977 Elmwood Cross Country Team
Front Row: (from left) Jim Haines, Sam Durst, Rod Andrews.
Elmwood High School won the first state championship in the school's history in the fall of 1977 when it won the Class A state cross country championship at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Coached by Tom Meyers, Elmwood placed five runners in the top 50 to finish with 118 points. Right behind Elmwood came Beecher with 140 points, Minooka with 143 and Lebanon with 147. Darryl Dorich finished 14th in 15:20 to lead Elmwood while Rod Andrews was 15th in 15:32. Mark Kissee was 37th, Dan Harlan 38th and freshman Jim Haines 49th to round out Elmwood's top five. Sam Durst came home 99th and Nick Reinhart 132nd.