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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St. Francis gets a timely reminder

Feb 27 2017 | 11:32 pm - St. Francis defeated archrival Wheaton Academy in a Class 3A regional boys basketball game.

Inspired Thompson leads Montini past Marmion

Feb 27 2017 | 11:11 pm - Montini defeated Marmion in a high-scoring Clas 3A boys basketball regional game.

St. Francis picks McMillen to coach

Feb 27 2017 | 4:28 pm - St. Francis hired Arena League hall of famer Bob McMillen, a Naperville resident, as its new football coach.

Scouting the Class 3A and Class 4A boys basketball playoffs

Feb 25 2017 | 8:20 pm - The IHSA Class 3A and 4A boys basketball playoffs begin on Monday. Here’s a preview of DuPage County’s chances at a trip to Peoria next month.

IC Catholic scores one more basket than Timothy Christian

Feb 25 2017 | 9:24 am - IC Catholic nips Elmhurst rival Timothy on Ricobene basket with 10 seconds left

Harvey-Blaszczyk pairing lived up to expectations

Feb 22 2017 | 8:38 pm - Local backcourt continues special run for Benedictine University men’s basketball

ICCP, Timothy win

Feb 21 2017 | 11:06 pm - IC Catholic Prep scores early and often to advance

McGrath scores 31 in Lisle win vs. Westmont

Feb 18 2017 | 2:26 am - Lisle, behind McGrath’s season-high 31 points, races past archrival Westmont

Going west best for Lisle

Feb 16 2017 | 11:21 am - Lisle likes the direction it’s heading entering the state playoffs

Waubonsie Valley ready for prime time

Feb 15 2017 | 9:48 pm - Waubonsie Valley girls on a roll as they enter the bowling state finals

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