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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items 1-10 out of 2001

Confident Downers Grove North drops Glenbard East

Jan 20 2018 | 9:39 pm - Connor Ilyavi and Semaj Henderson paced Downers Grove North’s boys basketball victory at Glenbard East Saturday.

Timothy Christian lets loose some bad memories

Jan 20 2018 | 1:21 am - Revenge-minded Timothy Christian starts fast then holds off ICCP

Wheaton Academy coach shares Arena Football memories with new Bears coach Nagy

Jan 18 2018 | 8:25 pm - Long before the Chicago Bears had eyes on new head coach Matt Nagy, the former Arena Football League quarterback shared a bond with Steve Thonn, now a Wheaton Academy basketball coach.

The best ‘When Sides Collide’ yet?

Jan 18 2018 | 5:19 pm - It doesn’t get any better than ‘When Sides Collide’

This year’s Naperville North Hall class? Petersen has seen them all

Jan 17 2018 | 9:53 pm - Naperville North Hall of Famer Petersen was there at the beginning

Lisle wins sixth straight

Jan 16 2018 | 10:52 pm - Lisle’s multiple options deliver sixth straight victory

Timothy Christian settles down, beats Glenbard South

Jan 12 2018 | 11:26 pm - Timothy Christian scrapes out a win over Glenbard South

January brings twist to season

Jan 11 2018 | 12:49 pm - Boys basketball notes: Shootout season arrives in DuPage County this weekend.

Progress gives Glenbard East edge over West Chicago

Jan 11 2018 | 10:57 pm - Glenbard East, West Chicago each get something out of Thursday’s outing

One last time for Renner, Opportunity Through Baseball

Jan 10 2018 | 9:15 pm - Renner looks for a grand slam in his final ‘Opportunity’

items 1-10 out of 2001

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