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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Scouting the DuPage County football All-Area team

Dec 01 2016 | 12:30 pm - The 50 best football players in DuPage County this season, plus the honorable mention selections.

ICCP’s Rowell: The player nobody could slow down

Dec 01 2016 | 12:44 pm - There was no stopping DuPage County All-Area football captain Jordan Rowell of IC Catholic Prep.

Let’s talk about college achievers

Nov 30 2016 | 7:45 pm - Catching up on the college exploits of a few DuPage County high school graduates.

The numbers don’t lie: Rowell, ICCP roll to championship

Nov 26 2016 | 9:55 am - IC Catholic wins Class 3A football title in typical dominant fashion

For Voelz, return about ‘who struck the first match’

Nov 23 2016 | 9:13 pm - Voelz rolls through West Chicago toward her goal of women’s sports equity

Montini’s Andriano retires after 38 seasons

Nov 21 2016 | 10:44 am - After 38 seasons and six state titles, legendary Montini football coach Andriano retires

IC Catholic piles up the points in semifinal

Nov 20 2016 | 2:10 am - ICCP rolls, Knights advance downstate for Class 3A championship

Scouting DuPage County boys basketball

Nov 17 2016 | 2:06 pm - A complete look at all 29 DuPage County boys basketball teams.

Wheaton College, North Central College aiming for a rematch

Nov 16 2016 | 10:13 pm - Wheaton College and North Central College will play in the second round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs — if they win their first-round games Saturday.

ICCP takes direct route to semifinals

Nov 13 2016 | 10:58 am - IC Catholic scores early and often to advance to the Class 3A semifinals

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