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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A mad win for Waubonsie

Sep 05 2015 | 12:43 am - Glenbard North at Waubonsie Valley football

Ziemek reaching new heights in decathlon

Sep 02 2015 | 9:05 pm - One flew over the "Bird's Nest" -- Lake Park graduate Zach Ziemek.

Veteran coaches to meet again

Sep 02 2015 | 11:18 am - The teams have changed but the respect is strong as ever for Lisle football coach Paul Parpet Sr. and ACC's John Belskis

Wheaton Academy won’t pass up victory

Aug 29 2015 | 9:48 pm - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 -- touchdown passes by Wheaton Academy's David Thrasher in the Warriors' 39-14 win over Walther Christian.

Neuqua Valley celebrates win over Metea Valley

Aug 29 2015 | 9:13 pm - NeuquaValley earns its first DuPage Valley Conference victory 38-14 over district rival Metea Valley

WW South’s Bailey still moving forward

Aug 29 2015 | 10:00 pm - A tale of two hitters

NI Big XII East looks to be up for grabs

Aug 26 2015 | 10:09 pm - Like most football coaches heading into a new season, Kaneland’s Tom Fedderly predicts a tight conference race.“I think it’s going to be really even,” the ninth-year leader said of the Northern Illinois Big XII East...

New-look UEC is wide open

Aug 27 2015 | 10:59 am - Upstate Eight Conference football is maybe even more intriguing now.

New league, same old results

Aug 24 2015 | 6:58 pm - Three of five Chicago Catholic League Green football teams reached at least a 2014 state quarterfinal. How do they fare entering 2015?

Experienced Kaneland looking to bounce back

Aug 27 2015 | 9:32 am - This year, Kaneland Knights return 14 starters split between offense and defense — plus kicker Drew Franklin, second last year in scoring on the strength of 9 field goals.

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