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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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St. Francis follows its offensive line to league crown

Oct 25 2014 | 7:55 pm - The old line is the quarterback buys his offensive line steak after a big win. That holds for St. Francis senior Clint Bobowski. On a windy day offensive linemen Quinn Calcagno, Spencer Stibbe, Cole Cunningham, Michael Riley, John Vargyas and Kevin...

Montini picks off Marmion

Oct 25 2014 | 12:40 am - Two interceptions, one in the end zone to deny an opponent just before halftime, can make a young man feel pretty good. “It felt like I was on top of the world,” Montini sophomore cornerback Mitch West said.

Batavia latest to consider adding turf field

Oct 25 2014 | 1:27 am - This isn’t about whether or not residents should support the advisory question on the Nov. 4 general election ballot placed by Batavia Public School District 101. That is, should there be $15 million alternate revenue bonds funding capital...

Lutzenkirchen family making something positive of terrible loss

Oct 22 2014 | 10:25 pm - The absolute worst scenario any parent could face is the death of a child. Mike and Mary Lutzenkirchen suffered that loss when their son Philip, a winner on and off the football field at Auburn, died in a single-vehicle accident in the early morning...

Addison Trail must move on without injured Rybarczyk

Oct 22 2014 | 5:17 pm - Addison Trail senior quarterback Mike Rybarczyk saw his three-year varsity football career end in a tough way on Saturday when he went down with a first-half ankle injury in the Blazers’ 33-15 loss to Glenbard West.

Neuqua Valley extends conference streak

Oct 18 2014 | 9:47 pm - At this time last year Neuqua Valley junior Connor Horn was battling a stress fracture, not cross country courses. Saturday, though, he was fighting not only West Aurora’s Connor McCue but also teammates Dan Weiss and Michael Widmann for the...

Ernst, Batavia take UEC individual team titles

Oct 18 2014 | 10:26 pm - St. Charles North’s Audrey Ernst crossed the finish line at the Upstate Eight Conference cross country meet, then turned to congratulate her competitors running through the chute. There were plenty to congratulate because the slightly built,...

It’s full steam ahead for Beebe movie

Oct 17 2014 | 1:05 pm - One could see it coming, Don Beebe’s resignation as Aurora Christian head football coach, as his son, Chad, aged and went on to play football for Northern Illinois University.

Waubonsie Valley goes to the air to beat Neuqua Valley

Oct 18 2014 | 12:54 am - Where has the forward pass been for Waubonsie Valley? In coach Paul Murphy’s hip pocket. Warriors quarterback Zack Bennema entered Friday’s Indian Prairie Classic football game against Neuqua Valley having thrown for 311 yards in seven...

Right time for Wheaton North to honor Helm

Oct 15 2014 | 8:24 pm - Fifty is a magical number. Wheaton North is in the midst of its 50th anniversary. Saturday it’ll honor a man there at the beginning, Wheaton North’s first athletic director and boys basketball coach, Dick Helm.

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