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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When it comes to wrapping up the year, this is just the start

May 27 2015 | 9:29 pm - We’re in the homestretch of the high school sports season. Here’s what some local collegiates did in theirs ...

Pain turns to tears of joy

May 23 2015 | 12:59 am - There is crying in track and field, and it’s a good thing.

Second’s just fine with elite miler Dale

May 23 2015 | 12:36 am - Zach Dale had no qualms about finishing second in the 1,600-meter run Friday at York. For the fastest “miler” in Illinois, second was good enough for a berth at next week’s state meet, and that was his intent all along at the...

Neuqua Valley helps itself to sectional

May 21 2015 | 11:57 pm - Even the best runners can use a little help from their friends.

Marmion welcomes DeGeeter back, says goodbye to Chivari

May 21 2015 | 3:27 pm - Ed DeGeeter isn’t the type to seek attention. Nearly one year ago to this day he got all he ever could have wanted. It’s a good thing he doesn’t remember much about it.

Montini’s Jarosinski ready for national test

May 20 2015 | 9:53 pm - Biology, computer science, theology, English, Olympic Team Trials, Spanish, geometry. These were the tests on Montini freshman basketball player Lindsey Jarosinski's plate this week.

Casey steps down at Aurora Central Catholic

May 20 2015 | 9:13 pm - As Aurora Central Catholic’s head varsity football coach, Brian Casey’s emphasis has been “family.” Family starts at home. And for Casey, also at day care.

Just stay healthy and get downstate

May 18 2015 | 8:13 pm - Boys track and field sectionals approach Thursday. There are no guarantees. Make the state-qualifying standard or finish top-two in an event, or turn in the uniform.

Glenbard West relay breaks school record

May 16 2015 | 8:20 pm - The goal sounded so innocent. “We just want to run faster,” Glenbard West distance coach Kurt Frazier said as the West Suburban Conference Silver Division Boys Track and Field Championships got underway.

Wheaton North takes 4th straight DVC crown

May 16 2015 | 12:11 am - Wheaton North’s Ben Moore won the 100-meter dash at Friday’s DuPage Valley Conference boys track meet and before he got off-task, Falcons assistant coach Jim Martin approached. “We’ve got more scoring to do,” the...

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