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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Inadvertent goal lifts Naperville Central past Palatine

Apr 25 2015 | 8:25 pm - May flowers weren’t the only thing Saturday morning’s showers helped bring about at the Naperville Invitational Girls Soccer Tournament.

Neuqua Valley finds some answers

Apr 24 2015 | 11:40 pm - Neuqua Valley boys track coach Mike Kennedy said he usually runs a sectional-style lineup at Downers Grove South’s Bob Cohoon Invitational. Not on Friday, though.

Bietermans helping Aurora Central baseball win big

Apr 24 2015 | 9:05 pm - Aurora Central Catholic sophomore Michael Bieterman maintains the Chargers baseball team is a “brotherhood.” Biologically speaking, a couple of these brothers are closer than most.

Murphy’s expected selection to hall of fame becomes reality

Apr 22 2015 | 8:27 pm - On Christmas Eve day last December, Waubonsie Valley football coach Paul Murphy received a special letter in the mail.

Lake Park looking good again

Apr 20 2015 | 7:00 pm - As Lake Park boys track coach Jay Ivory wrote in his weekly newsletter, things are looking up for the Lancers.

St. Charles East still going strong; Geneva ready for road trip

Apr 20 2015 | 9:58 pm - Allison Chmelik was quick to stick up for this year’s St. Charles East girls track team.

St. Charles East’s Decker breaks 2 school records

Apr 19 2015 | 12:13 am - Even a role model’s records are made to be broken.

Track taking Willowbrook’s Hawkins where he wants to go

Apr 18 2015 | 8:42 pm - There’s a reason Donnie Hawkins is a co-captain for the Willowbrook boys track team. “He’s multitalented,” said Warriors coach T.J. Artman.

Seager builds on prior performance at Scott Invitational

Apr 18 2015 | 12:39 am - For his first outdoor track meet of the season Ty Seager’s goals were pretty high.

Geneva to hold memorial to honor Van Deveer

Apr 17 2015 | 12:20 pm - If it meant Mike Van Deveer were still with us, Gale Gross would gladly have remained a discus and shot put specialist rather than Van Deveer’s successor as Geneva’s head boys track coach.

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