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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Willowbrook happy to go extra mile

Oct 26 2016 | 12:04 pm - Willowbrook’s football team hits the road this weekend for DuPage County’s longest first-round playoff road trip — a 600-mile journey to Quincy.

Waubonsie Valley gets to keep playing

Oct 22 2016 | 3:20 am - Holmes game-winning field goal extends Waubonsie Valley’s season, ends Wheaton North’s

Breaking down DuPage County first-round football playoff games

Oct 22 2016 | 9:52 pm - A quick-hit analysis of area first-round football playoff games.

ICCP has 9-0 in its sights

Oct 19 2016 | 5:04 pm - Perfect so far, IC Catholic Prep out to make program history.

Wheaton Academy joins ranks of eligibles

Oct 15 2016 | 10:46 pm - Wheaton Academy picks Fenton off to become playoff-eligible

Neuqua Valley takes next step toward DVC perfection

Oct 15 2016 | 2:51 am - Neuqua Valley putting itself in good position

Akinosun goes to head of Waubonsie Hall class

Oct 12 2016 | 7:51 pm - Morolake Akinosun sets a gold standard for Waubonsie Valley’s Hall of Fame

Neuqua Valley trying to seal the deal in DVC

Oct 12 2016 | 6:47 pm - Neuqua Valley approaches its lofty goals one game at a time

St. Francis notches first win of season

Oct 09 2016 | 12:07 am - St. Francis amasses 27 first downs, 416 yards rushing to earn first win of the season.

Neuqua Valley comeback catches Wheaton North

Oct 08 2016 | 3:03 am - Neuqua Valley rallies in the fourth quarter to run down Wheaton North, remain unbeaten

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