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.
Dave Golden attended Pekin High School from 1961-65 where he lettered in three seasons under legendary coach Dawdy Hawkins. Dave led Pekin High School to 58 wins in 63 games as a junior and senior including the 1964 Illinois State High School championship game. As the starting junior guard on the Pekin State championship team of 1964, he led Pekin in scoring 18 points in the championship game against the Apple knockers from Cobden Illinois.
Dave was named to All-State Tournament Team in 1964. Dave received All-State honors in 1964 and again in 1965. He is the number 5 all time scorer in Pekin High School basketball history with 1334 points and ranks as number 35 in the Greater Peoria Area. Dave was selected to the Parade Magazine’s 1965 high school boy’s all-American third team.
Of the more than 66 colleges to recruit Dave he decided to play at Duke University for Coach Vic Bubas. Dave lettered at Duke in 1967, 68, 69 where he played in 80 games and scored 752 points. During the 1967, 68 seasons he played in the NIT and in 1968 Duke had risen to AP ranking of number 10 in the country. Always a leader, Dave was team captain during his senior year. Today Dave makes his home in Parlin, NJ.