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 Metamora HS Football Team|
Led by head coach John Helmick, the 1976 and 1977 Metamora football teams extended the program's Heart of Illinois Conference winning streak to 25 games, culminating with a third straight league title in 1977.
Metamora saw its 30-game win streak snapped in the 1976 state championship game and the 1977 Redbirds also advanced to the state championship game, losing to Geneseo for the second consecutive year to complete a second straight 12-1 campaign. Ranked #1 in the state, the 1976 Redbirds overcame a 21-0 deficit by rallying for a 22-21 win against Momence to kick off its state tournament run, while the 1977 Metamora squad rolled through the first three rounds by a combined 91-6 score against Lisle Senior HS (29-0), Taylorville (44-0) and Charleston (18-6).