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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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Aurora Christian survives scare from Lake Forest Academy

Sep 13 2014 | 10:02 pm - Aurora Christian football coach David Beebe finally was able to smile. ”At the end of the day a win’s a win. Let’s move on,” he said after escaping with a 35-33 nonconference victory at Lake Forest Academy.

Marmion stops St. Francis’ rally

Sep 13 2014 | 12:29 am - Marmion coach Dan Thorpe was looking for someone beside his usual workhorses to make a play. Enter Sean Campbell.

Marmion’s Morton putts, chips his way to Augusta National

Sep 11 2014 | 8:12 pm - Jimmy Morton mastered the competition. On Sept. 6 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, the Marmion freshman advanced to the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals to be held at Augusta National on April 5, 2015, the Sunday before...

Lawler siblings united behind foundation named for father

Sep 10 2014 | 10:57 pm - Occasionally uneasy, sometimes rocky, the parent-child relationship shares a basic reciprocal goal.

Lake Park gets an early, unwanted win

Sep 10 2014 | 6:23 pm - Every week Lake Park’s football team holds a Wednesday night practice to gameplan for its next opponent.
Coach Chris Roll canceled it this week.

So much to catch up on from summer gone by

Sep 06 2014 | 6:04 pm - It feels so good to be back here. We’re going to play a little thing called, stuff that happened this summer.

Time is on Montini’s side

Sep 06 2014 | 9:51 pm - Saturday against East St. Louis, wide receiver Leon Thornton III quickly displayed why he’s one of Montini’s team captains.

Improvement easy for Fenton to find

Sep 06 2014 | 12:13 am - In a game like this the goal is simply to improve. Fenton coach Mark Kos and his staff will determine that after viewing game film, but the scoreboard said plenty, a 55-12 victory over nonconference foe Walther Christian Friday in Bensenville.

Big money, big smarts and a summer’s worth of success

Sep 04 2014 | 11:03 am - We’ve got some catching up to do. Here’s an effort at due diligence on some things that went down during the summer.

Lisle savors a Week 1 win

Sep 03 2014 | 8:33 pm - It’s just fun to listen to Lisle coach Paul Parpet Sr. talk football. “They threw a good, hard punch at us early,” he began summarizing Lisle’s 33-21 opening-night win at Peotone.

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