Dave Oberhelman

DuPage County Sports Writer
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Dave Oberhelman joined the Daily Herald as a sports writer in 1999. His primary focus is high school sports in DuPage County and the Tri-Cities area.

Over the years he has covered a variety of sports from girls soccer to boys volleyball, from baseball to water polo, yet his emphasis has been beat coverage of football, boys basketball and track. Oberhelman also contributes a weekly column, "Sidelines," that highlights the "lighter side" of prep sports and achievements of area athletes.

Before joining the Daily Herald full-time, Oberhelman wrote for the newspaper as a correspondent serving the DuPage and Fox Valley offices. He came to the Daily Herald after also writing for such publications as the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader and Windy City Sports Magazine, and having served in editorial positions for community newspapers in Chicago in an age when cut-and-paste meant literally that.

Seen on television broadcasts for the IHSA Network and Naperville Community Television Channel 17, Oberhelman had the privilege of covering each of now-defunct Driscoll Catholic High School's state-record seven straight state football titles, among the many state series contests he has covered for the Daily Herald.

In 2008, he was honored with a Recognition Award by the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association for his coverage of boys track and field.

Aside from the prep sports scene, Oberhelman has covered the occasional Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball game for the Daily Herald, and assisted in coverage of the 2009 Winter Classic hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field.

Oberhelman, raised in Wheaton and still residing in the DuPage County with his wife and two children, is a graduate of Wheaton Central High School. He attended Indiana University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications.

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First impressions of the IHSA football playoffs for DuPage County teams

Oct 21 2017 | 11:39 pm - Breaking down the first-round IHSA football playoffs for DuPage County teams.

Wheaton North deals knockout blow to Waubonsie Valley

Oct 21 2017 | 2:20 am - Hegranes picks help put Waubonsie Valley out of the playoffs

More St. Francis athletes coming up aces

Oct 18 2017 | 9:36 pm - St. Francis girls tennis team looks to state play after a banner season

No playoffs? Teams still look for strong finish to season

Oct 18 2017 | 4:44 pm - Football notes: The last Friday night means something to everyone.

Waubonsie Valley gets the job done, tops Naperville North

Oct 14 2017 | 2:14 am - Waubonsie Valley keeps playoff hopes intact with win over dogged Huskies

Simon says success in coaching runs in the family

Oct 11 2017 | 7:36 pm - Simon’s influences throughout a sporting life leads to a magic number

WW South keeps good attitude

Oct 11 2017 | 6:31 pm - Football notes: Wheaton Warrenville South earned a much-needed reward with last week’s victory over Metea Valley.

IC Catholic Prep thunders past Wheaton Academy

Oct 07 2017 | 9:38 pm - ICCP’s rolling thunder snaps early tie with Wheaton Academy, keeps going

Wheaton North claims ‘hugest win’ vs. Neuqua Valley

Oct 07 2017 | 12:09 am - Wheaton North earns its hugest win of the seasons

Wheaton St. Francis forfeits game in Chicago due to shooting near field

Oct 06 2017 | 12:46 pm - In the wake of a shooting near last week's football game between Providence and Hope Academy, St. Francis has forfeited its football game Friday night in Chicago against Hope Academy.

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