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. Francis-Marmion Rivalry adds memorable game

Jan 25 2015 | 7:53 am - When a student cheering section starts chanting “Let’s play football” at a boys basketball game between St. Francis and Marmion, they’re not far off.

Metea rallies for win

Jan 23 2015 | 11:46 pm - A game of streaks, Metea Valley’s boys basketball team had the last to beat rival Waubonsie Valley.

St. Charles North hosting its second Lift-A-Thon

Jan 22 2015 | 10:04 pm - It was obvious on the football field last fall that St. Charles North was big and strong.

Top talent set to collide again at Glenbard East

Jan 22 2015 | 10:00 pm - Glenbard East’s “When Sides Collide” boys basketball shootout is multifaceted. “There’s sides from everywhere,” confirmed Rams coach Scott Miller of the three-game exhibition which tips off at 4:30 p.m.

Jack’s Army is on the march again

Jan 21 2015 | 10:42 pm - Like all new parents, Mike and Liz Pribaz thought their beautiful baby boy was one in a million. They didn’t realize how right they were.

Aurora Chrisitan looking forward to Davidson reunion

Jan 21 2015 | 9:26 pm - Aurora Christian will host a basketball homecoming on Jan. 24. Coach Pat McNamara and the Eagles will host a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game against Blackhawk Christian out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Braves are coached by Aurora Christian graduate...

Addison Trail gets a key league victory

Jan 20 2015 | 11:32 pm - This was the type of game the Addison Trail boys basketball team must keep winning to claim its first conference championship since its 1982-83 Des Plaines Valley League title.

Geneva wins title at Moline

Jan 19 2015 | 10:16 pm - Roundup of Monday's Geneva, Batavia, Marmion boys basketball action

Ludwig, St. Charles North stun St. Charles East

Jan 18 2015 | 12:06 am - Jake Ludwig stuck it to St. Charles East — twice. Trailing by 2 points with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter Saturday, St. Charles North’s senior guard stole an inbounds pass along East’s sideline, peeled back and converted a...

Lisle’s ‘Madhouse’ sees big win

Jan 16 2015 | 11:41 pm - Lisle chose the right time to print “Madhouse on Short Street” T-shirts.

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