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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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St. Edward back blasts past IC Catholic

Sep 20 2014 | 7:32 pm - Today’s youth has no direction? St. Edward running back Dwayne Allen Jr. is loaded with direction. He sprinted, veered, shaked and baked and bounced 30 times for 239 yards and 3 touchdowns, and at safety he added an interception. It all...

Metea Valley takes out frustration on West Aurora

Sep 20 2014 | 12:17 am - West Aurora took the brunt of a determined Metea Valley football team. Opening with 6 unanswered touchdowns, the host Mustangs beat Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division foe West Aurora 42-13 Friday in Aurora.

Like father, like son: Coaching suits Drach just fine

Sep 19 2014 | 1:38 pm - The football doesn’t fall far from the tee at Hobart College in western New York.

Kern ready to assume ‘opportunity’ at York

Sep 17 2014 | 8:17 pm - One might think there’d be pressure coming in as York’s new boys track and field coach. Charlie Kern doesn’t think so.

Old rivals learning old rivalry

Sep 17 2014 | 8:54 pm - Paul Parpet Sr. is in his first year coaching Lisle. Otto Zeman is in his second at Westmont. These old-schoolers are new to their respective programs so most of the rivalry heat in Friday’s ninth annual game for the Old Plank Road Trophy may...

Geneva’s Navigato picks Buffalo

Sep 17 2014 | 10:13 pm - Some who’ve seen Geneva’s Nate Navigato play basketball believe the senior forward may be too unselfish. He’s not too unselfish for Bobby Hurley.

Aurora Christian survives scare from Lake Forest Academy

Sep 13 2014 | 10:02 pm - Aurora Christian football coach David Beebe finally was able to smile. ”At the end of the day a win’s a win. Let’s move on,” he said after escaping with a 35-33 nonconference victory at Lake Forest Academy.

Marmion stops St. Francis’ rally

Sep 13 2014 | 12:29 am - Marmion coach Dan Thorpe was looking for someone beside his usual workhorses to make a play. Enter Sean Campbell.

Marmion’s Morton putts, chips his way to Augusta National

Sep 11 2014 | 8:12 pm - Jimmy Morton mastered the competition. On Sept. 6 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, the Marmion freshman advanced to the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals to be held at Augusta National on April 5, 2015, the Sunday before...

Lawler siblings united behind foundation named for father

Sep 10 2014 | 10:57 pm - Occasionally uneasy, sometimes rocky, the parent-child relationship shares a basic reciprocal goal.

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