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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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The area’s best volleyball players get one more chance to play

Nov 26 2014 | 3:54 pm - After all that food Thursday you’ll need some exercise. So go out to your car Saturday. Drive to Wheaton College’s King Arena. Get out of your car and go inside. Climb up some bleachers. Then watch some of the area’s top...

St. Francis can’t stay with Love, Nazareth

Nov 23 2014 | 2:13 am - Love may not have been in the air during Saturday’s penalty-plagued Class 6A semifinal between St. Francis and Nazareth, but Love certainly found the end zone. Nazareth's Julian Love scored on 29- and 27-yard catches, a 22-yard interception...

Scouting DuPage county boys basketball

Nov 20 2014 | 9:17 am - A team-by-team look at DuPage County boys basketball this season.

Thonn knows tryouts can lead to good things

Nov 19 2014 | 9:59 pm - Any old prep or college football players who aren’t quite ready to call it quits, you’ve got another chance. Steve Thonn, head coach of the Cleveland Gladiators franchise in the Arena Football League, will host an open tryout Nov. 30...

Arts, music and hoops — Geneva’s Fuzak does it all

Nov 20 2014 | 9:25 pm - Diversity, diversity, everyone talks about diversity. Here’s something diverse. A basketball-dunking multi-instrumentalist who sings and acts.

Scouting Tri-Cities boys basketball

Nov 18 2014 | 12:54 pm - Scouting Tri-Cities boys basketball teams.

A good hands day for St. Francis

Nov 15 2014 | 8:48 pm - St. Francis football coach Mike Fitzgerald handed the Class 6A quarterfinal plaque to Matt Hanson. He knew Hanson wouldn’t drop it. The sixth-seeded Spartans dropped little but No. 10 seed Hinsdale South, 41-14 at Kuhn Memorial Stadium on...

Time to check in with heady group of college achievers

Nov 13 2014 | 10:01 pm - The college awards and honors are starting to trickle in. Let’s get on with it.

Acevedo calm as he takes over Waubonsie baseball program

Nov 12 2014 | 9:53 pm - Bryan Acevedo said heading a baseball program was a dream job. Just don’t expect him to turn somersaults over it. Keeping an even keel is something he learned during five years with Dan Fezzuoglio at Waubonsie Valley. Following...

Yet another MSL foe for Glenbard West

Nov 12 2014 | 3:16 pm - By the end of this weekend, Glenbard West’s football team might consider itself an unofficial member of the Mid-Suurban League.

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