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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Sep 28 2016 | 4:17 pm - Opportunity knocks, and Waubonsie Valley’s Chuck Robinson knocks people down

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Sep 28 2016 | 9:26 pm - Glenbard West football team’s goals are as solid off the field as on it

Montini returns to winning ways vs. Marmion

Sep 24 2016 | 2:39 am - Montini wins a crucial game while dealing Marmion its first loss

Naperville schools get behind Wegner

Sep 21 2016 | 9:06 pm - Naperville rallies around Naperville Central graduate Justin Wegner

Neuqua Valley hitting the road to Indianapolis

Sep 21 2016 | 9:06 pm - Neuqua Valley football hits the road to face one of Indiana’s defending state champions

Six touchdowns? Tricase does it again in Glenbard North win

Sep 17 2016 | 9:48 pm - Glenbard North tailback Tricase has another big game

A Thorne on Metea Valley’s side

Sep 17 2016 | 2:58 am - Thorne leads Metea Valley past Wheaton North

Glenbard West’s Brodner keeping up family tradition

Sep 14 2016 | 11:15 pm - It is obvious — fortunately not painfully obvious — Glenbard West junior Hannah Brodner can hold her own, on a volleyball court and in her own back yard.

Naperville Central is staying grounded

Sep 14 2016 | 4:48 pm - Naperville Central sees the benefit of staying grounded.

South Elgin’s Prude plays keepaway from Glenbard East

Sep 11 2016 | 6:02 pm - South Elgin’s Markee Prude makes the most of his first varsity start

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