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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West Aurora grad Spagnola off to fast start at Minnesota

Mar 27 2015 | 11:28 am - Now that the last snowfall has occurred — right? — lets check in on some local collegiates’ winter achievements ...

Boys track and field: Scouting the Tri-Cities

Mar 26 2015 | 9:11 pm - Here's what to expect from the high school boys track and field teams of the Tri-Cities area this spring.

Scouting DuPage County boys track

Mar 26 2015 | 9:12 pm - Neuqua Valley’s boys track team placed second in Class 3A in 2009, third in 2010 and fourth in 2014. Is this the year the Wildcats complete their trophy collection?

Bukovsky, Westerkamp at their best in state Showdown

Mar 25 2015 | 8:44 pm - The television broadcaster was astounded to hear Amy Bukovsky had only made four 3-pointers on the season. Jack Westerkamp hit nine of them on 29 percent 3-point shooting. Both Montini basketball players got hot when it counted.

Neuqua Valley has the most fun

Mar 21 2015 | 12:21 am - The 400-meter run Friday at the Upstate Eight Conference boys indoor championship was one for the books.

Ralston proud of Geneva’s team-first mindset

Mar 19 2015 | 9:46 pm - The start of Geneva’s boys basketball season was “brutal,” said Vikings senior point guard Pace Temple. That doesn’t jibe with a team that shortly takes the court at Peoria’s Carver Arena to play in a Class 4A...

Benet, Glenbard headed to state

Mar 18 2015 | 8:21 pm - Two heads are better than one, they say. Four have proved to be better still for the Glenbard boys hockey team.

Bolingbrook denies West Aurora at Hinsdale Central

Mar 17 2015 | 11:30 pm - In perhaps a more forgiving world Reggie Jordan’s 30-foot running 3-point try would have banked in. It was the perfect setup. DaQuan Cross rebounded a missed free throw with 3.9 seconds left — West Aurora trailing Bolingbrook by a...

Geneva wins 1st sectional since 1963

Mar 14 2015 | 6:32 am - The opponent and the achievement equaled a landmark win for Geneva boys basketball. Taking a huge and surprising first-quarter lead over once-beaten Rockford Auburn, the No. 3 ranked team in Class 4A, Geneva weathered the inevitable comeback to win...

St. Charles rowing club hosting special event Saturday

Mar 12 2015 | 10:35 pm - Once Sarah Spurling picked up an oar, she’s always looked back.

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