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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: Tri-Cities boys basketball holiday tournaments

Dec 17 2014 | 10:56 pm - Traveling is no violation when it comes to holiday boys basketball tournaments. Whether near (Aurora Central Catholic heading 5 miles to East Aurora) or far (St. Charles North and West Aurora bound for Pontiac) the holiday tournaments are a season...

WW South coach Todd remembered as ‘a great guy’

Dec 18 2014 | 12:24 am - They were two tall, young men in 1987, standing on bleachers at the Oak Park-River Forest field house, checking their stop watches and marking down times like track coaches do.

Ludwig lights up West Chicago with 28

Dec 16 2014 | 11:10 pm - A Tuesday school night can’t match the atmosphere of a weekend boys basketball game. Still, St. Charles North had an early spark and it was sufficient to hold off host West Chicago’s second-half burst. Getting 28 points from Jake...

St. Charles East's speed beats Geneva's size

Dec 13 2014 | 11:39 pm - Score one for the little guys. That's a relative term in boys basketball, but against a Geneva team fielding just one player shorter than 6-foot-3, host St. Charles East forced 25 turnovers to beat the Vikings 77-69 and gain an early upper hand in...

Esp, Marmion sink Montini

Dec 12 2014 | 11:47 pm - Jake Esp swished a 3-pointer from the left wing 31 seconds into Friday’s game against Montini, and the Marmion senior immediately knew he was in a zone.

St. Charles Kick-A-Thon sets another record

Dec 11 2014 | 6:15 pm - Another year, another record-setting Kick-A-Thon. The dollar amount raised by the 21st annual Kick-A-Thon, a joint effort of the St. Charles East and St. Charles North drill teams that culminated Oct. 17, was unveiled Dec. 6 during a break in the...

Aurora Christian wins 3 straight to claim title

Dec 10 2014 | 1:19 pm - On Dec. 6 Aurora Christian won its own Burney Wilke season-opening tournament for the second time in three years. The Eagles clinched the title by defeating Aurora Central Catholic 64-54 on the final night to go 3-1. Aurora Christian rallied after a...

Fourth place not a first for Naperville North at nationals

Dec 10 2014 | 8:56 pm - Naperville North’s girls cross country team wouldn’t normally fly to a meet. Then again the Nike Team Nationals, run Dec. 6 in Portland, Oregon, is like Huskies coach Dan Iverson said, “kind of a different thing.”

Willowbrook already moving on to next goal for season

Dec 10 2014 | 9:11 pm - When Willowbrook’s boys basketball team beat Stagg on Nov. 28, the Warriors celebrated a little bit.
After three games — and three wins — they’d already eclipsed their entire victory total from last season.

St. Francis’ Johnson earns family bragging rights

Dec 09 2014 | 11:48 pm - It wasn’t a huge deal, but St. Francis junior Gabe Johnson felt slightly tickled he had something to hold over his big brother, former Wheaton Academy All-Area forward Luke Johnson, now playing at St. Leo University in Florida. On Tuesday...

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