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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Boys track: Glenbard East’s Mikel sets the pace

Apr 30 2016 | 12:00 am - Glenbard East’s Patrick Mikel’s foot speed and mental strength strike again.

Boys track: Neuqua Valley wins Red Ribbon Classic

Apr 30 2016 | 10:14 pm - Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley roll with the conditions at the Red Ribbon Classic boys track and field meet.

Boys track and field: Doing double duty

Apr 28 2016 | 8:27 pm - It happens every spring — the arrival of the multi-sport or converted track athlete.

Hester helping to build broader Lake Park community

Apr 27 2016 | 9:57 pm - Former Glenbard North and local college softball pitcher Stephanie Hester is doing her part to build a broader Lake Park community.

Boys track and field: Prospect produces another impressive effort

Apr 23 2016 | 12:36 am - Prospect boys track team is gearing up for “championship phase” after another impressive showing, this time Friday at Wheaton Warrenville South’s invitational.

Boys track: WW South happy with first-place finish

Apr 23 2016 | 2:58 am - Tigers send Helberg out a winner at his final Red Grange Invitational.

Track and field: Former runner still inspires West Chicago coach McLeland

Apr 21 2016 | 3:47 pm - Dan Horyn Invitational means the world to his former high school coach, West Chicago’s Paul McLeland.

Naperville North’s Foerch ending career he was born for

Apr 20 2016 | 10:11 pm - For retiring Naperville North gymnastics coach Brad Foerch, success ran all in the family.

Waubonsie Valley finds new boys basketball coach

Apr 18 2016 | 6:31 pm - Jason Mead brings his vision to Waubonsie Valley as the new boys basketall coach.

Images: Icons of Warrenville

Apr 15 2016 | 12:09 pm - When you think of Warrenville what comes to mind? The Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve? Al’s Pizza? The Cantera business and entertainment complex? Come explore!

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