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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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Sullivan, St. Francis keep focus forward

Dec 22 2014 | 8:19 pm - St. Francis Jason Sullivan has a short basketball memory, by design. He didn’t care that last year Northridge Prep handled the Spartans at the Glenbard West Holiday Classic. “We don’t really like to look at the past,”...

Raridon run lifts Neuqua over Waubonsie

Dec 20 2014 | 11:07 pm - Waubonsie Valley boys basketball coach Chaz Taft called it the “Raridon run.” It came Saturday after his Warriors answered an 11-point second quarter deficit to tie Neuqua Valley early in the third quarter.

Rebounding lifts Neuqua Valley past West Aurora

Dec 19 2014 | 11:33 pm - Neuqua Valley made a couple bold statements in its boys basketball game with West Aurora. The first was a 38-18 rebounding edge which led to the second, a 52-47 victory in south Naperville, the first meeting of the teams as Upstate Eight Conference...

Hall of Famer now, Schalz still focused on helping kids

Dec 18 2014 | 5:54 pm - It says a lot about a person when you call him up and though he doesn’t know you from Adam leaves you laughing after an hourlong conversation. Above all the technique and drive he injects into the Rosary and Marmion swimming programs, that...

WW South coach Todd remembered as ‘a great guy’

Dec 18 2014 | 12:24 am - They were two tall, young men in 1987, standing on bleachers at the Oak Park-River Forest field house, checking their stop watches and marking down times like track coaches do.

Scouting: Tri-Cities boys basketball holiday tournaments

Dec 17 2014 | 10:56 pm - Traveling is no violation when it comes to holiday boys basketball tournaments. Whether near (Aurora Central Catholic heading 5 miles to East Aurora) or far (St. Charles North and West Aurora bound for Pontiac) the holiday tournaments are a season...

Ludwig lights up West Chicago with 28

Dec 16 2014 | 11:10 pm - A Tuesday school night can’t match the atmosphere of a weekend boys basketball game. Still, St. Charles North had an early spark and it was sufficient to hold off host West Chicago’s second-half burst. Getting 28 points from Jake...

St. Charles East's speed beats Geneva's size

Dec 13 2014 | 11:39 pm - Score one for the little guys. That's a relative term in boys basketball, but against a Geneva team fielding just one player shorter than 6-foot-3, host St. Charles East forced 25 turnovers to beat the Vikings 77-69 and gain an early upper hand in...

Esp, Marmion sink Montini

Dec 12 2014 | 11:47 pm - Jake Esp swished a 3-pointer from the left wing 31 seconds into Friday’s game against Montini, and the Marmion senior immediately knew he was in a zone.

St. Charles Kick-A-Thon sets another record

Dec 11 2014 | 6:15 pm - Another year, another record-setting Kick-A-Thon. The dollar amount raised by the 21st annual Kick-A-Thon, a joint effort of the St. Charles East and St. Charles North drill teams that culminated Oct. 17, was unveiled Dec. 6 during a break in the...

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