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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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Jun 08 2017 | 12:21 pm - A few (hundred) final words before summer

Baseball: Benet earns first sectional crown since 1989

Jun 03 2017 | 5:42 pm - Benet wins first baseball sectional title since 1989

Boys track: For St. Francis the effort was worth the trip

Jun 01 2017 | 7:05 pm - St. Francis returns to state track and gains valuable experience

One last check of the mailbag

May 31 2017 | 10:17 pm - Spring college achievers, Part 2...

Softball: St. Francis rallies to defeat Glenbard South in extra innings

May 30 2017 | 9:56 pm - Late thunder leads St. Francis into Class 3A sectional title game

Boys track and field: Batavia relay team, West Aurora pair are state champs

May 27 2017 | 8:46 pm - Batavia ran to the 800-meter relay championship while West Aurora’s DaVion Cross and Cameron Donatlan each won individual state titles Saturday at the Class 3A boys track and field state finals. Kaneland finished third as a team in Class 2A.

Boys track: Robinson anchors Neuqua Valley to relay win

May 27 2017 | 10:59 pm - Neuqua Valley’s Robinson gets his title

Boys track: DuPage County athletes let effort show

May 26 2017 | 10:25 pm - Fast times at Eastern Illinois for DuPage 800 runners

Geneva’s Dau, Kuehl take their game to the next level; Huntley’s Anikamadu legs out the sprints

May 26 2017 | 8:54 pm - Geneva’s Tyler Dau and Brian Kuehl took their game to the next level Friday while Huntley’s Dubem Anikamadu legged out the sprints at the state boys track and field finals in Charleston.

Boys track: IC’s Rowell injured at state

May 25 2017 | 6:59 pm - Rowell leads Class 1A long jump but hamstring knocks him out of sprint events

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