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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Jul 09 2015 | 4:44 pm - Former St. Charles Saint returns for a football camp; Marmion grad Ben Kanute leaves seeking an Olympic berth; and check out West Aurora's Big Butts lineman competition.

Johnson eager to get going at West Aurora

Jun 16 2015 | 1:55 am - Former #Kaneland boys basketball coach Brian Johnson has landed a prime destination job at @WestAuroraHS.

St. Francis hires Dwyer as coach

Jun 11 2015 | 4:41 pm - Like his predecessor, newly hired St. Francis boys basketball coach Erin Dwyer is a people person.

Summer vacation sure isn’t want it used to be

Jun 11 2015 | 9:48 pm - Rosary's Julianne Hutchison typifies the superachiever high school student-athlete

Sending off the school year in style

Jun 12 2015 | 11:33 am - Fist bumps all around, you made it through another academic year. We salute that with our Sidelines summer send-off spectacular!

Kaneland’s Johnson recommended to replace Kerkman

Jun 09 2015 | 11:36 pm - #WestAurora District 129 recommends Kaneland's Brian Johnson as its new head boys basketball coach

Wait till next year at state

Jun 04 2015 | 12:34 pm - Some DuPage County boys track athletes gained valuable state experience last weekend in Charleston. The list of returners is a strong one, particularly in distance.

St. Charles East grad Ditusa excels on, off the field

Jun 04 2015 | 10:13 pm - We get a big kick out of it, but compiling tri-annual articles on “college achievers” is inherently an exclusionary practice. You can never get ‘em all. Here are several more we’d like to get in ...

Amazing the accomplishments of these college kids this season

Jun 03 2015 | 8:09 pm - We continue where we left off May 28 — DuPage athletes who achieved on college athletic fields this spring.

Walker adds to Kaneland’s pole vault tradition

Jun 03 2015 | 9:02 am - Danny Walker’s Class 2A pole vault title last weekend at the boys track and field state finals proved again the value of friendly competition and positive reinforcement in the sport.

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