Aaron Gabriel

Prep Sports Editor
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Aaron Gabriel joined the Daily Herald's sports staff in 1990 and became High School Sports Editor in 1994. He coordinates efforts with other prep sports editors who direct our high school and local sports coverage. Aaron also contributes as a writer, covering high school swimming and water polo in northwest suburban Cook County.

Gabriel also is a member of the sports copy desk and frequently assembles pages for the print edition, and stories and photos for our online editions. He has overseen the steady growth of the Daily Herald's high school sports coverage and has helped the sports staff as a whole adapt to developing technologies.

Gabriel lived in Addison, Elmhurst, Geneva and St. Charles as a child, and helped St. Charles High School to state swimming championships in 1980, '82 and '83. He continued to swim at the University of Wisconsin and became an individual Big Ten champion for the Badgers in the 1,650- and 500-yard freestyles.

Gabriel graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in journalism and history.

In 2003, he took second place in a Northern Illinois Newspaper Association contest for column writing. Gabriel's story was about his high school coach at St. Charles, Dave Bart.

Gabriel now lives in Palatine with his wife and two sons.

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Scouting the Mid-Suburban League boys swimming and diving meet

Feb 12 2016 | 2:25 pm - Fremd and Barrington will settle the question of Mid-Suburban League boys swimming and diving supremacy with Saturday’s conference meet, hosted by Barrington.

Wheeling’s fantastic four hope for fine swimming finale

Feb 11 2016 | 8:58 pm - Wheeling senior swimmers Nate Reiff, Kyle Noel, Jake Noel and Justin Loquercio have earned colorful nicknames to match their vibrant personalities and high-achieving aquatic habits.

A documented brush with swimming greatness on deck at Stevenson

Jan 21 2016 | 8:38 pm - A documented brush with swimming greatness on deck at Stevenson

Vlk gets busier leading Buffalo Grove football program

Dec 16 2015 | 8:38 pm - Jeff Vlk, the wrestling head coach at Buffalo Grove High School, is adding football head coach to his responsibilities. He succeeds Mike DiMatteo, who resigned after the fall season.

Rolling Meadows finds winning answers against Hersey

Dec 10 2015 | 8:56 pm - The bus getting Hersey’s swimmers to Olympic Pool wasn’t on time, and the Huskies’ top swimmer was battling a sore back. None of which stopped Hersey from giving Rolling Meadows a tough early season boys swimming test Thursday,...

Balcerak breaks St. Viator’s backstroke record

Dec 09 2015 | 9:55 pm - St. Viator’s boys swimming program hosted the 36th version of its annual early season invitational on Wednesday. The record set by Lions sophomore Michael Balcerak broke an even longer tradition. Balcerak won the 100-yard backstroke in 54.62,...

Prospect’s impressive drive continues at Shriners Hospital

Dec 09 2015 | 8:36 pm - Prospect's football team will present a check for $15,000 to Shriners Hospital on Friday, putting the program just inches away from the long-term goal of $100,000 it set in honor of Alyssa Potratz.

All your high school H2O FAQ’s answered

Dec 03 2015 | 9:18 pm - Setting the stage for the season ahead, here are some carefully considered answers to to frequently asked questions about high school boys swimming.

Boys swimming: Scouting Northwest

Dec 04 2015 | 8:20 pm - Here's what to expect from the boys swimming season, for teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator and Maine West.

Girls swimming: A winning high school finale for Barrington’s Jacobsen

Nov 21 2015 | 9:15 pm - After a pair of victories in Saturday’s girls swimming and diving state finals at New Trier, Barrington senior Kirsten Jacobsen became the second swimmer in Illinois high school history to win a total of seven individual races. Jacobsen won...

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