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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St. Charles East thumps Riverside-Brookfield

Feb 27 2015 | 11:31 pm - Statement game, statement made. Spillover parking and gaudy records served notice that, despite being held on the final day of the boys basketball regular season, St. Charles East at Riverside-Brookfield was a sectional-style game.

Kaneland’s 2-sport standout Jurcenko honored for academics

Feb 26 2015 | 11:16 pm - Madi Jurcenko captured the spirit of the winter awards season. “It was an honor to be nominated,” said the humble Kaneland senior.

Driscoll grad Wilk is still on the run

Feb 25 2015 | 8:56 pm - Several times a year we run columns on “college achievers” — former DuPage County high school student-athletes who made good at the collegiate level. Here we’ve got collegiates and beyond.

IC Catholic stops Aurora Christian

Feb 24 2015 | 11:42 pm - From a prior loss to Aurora Christian, IC Catholic took away the most basic thing. “We learned that first we’ve got to bring it,” said IC guard Troy Burrows.

Chicago Christian has Lisle’s number

Feb 23 2015 | 10:42 pm - Starting the season 1-9, Lisle’s boys basketball team improved dramatically the last two months. Yet it came to an end Monday at the Lions’ own Class 2A regional.

Frenzied crowd, Aurora Central fail to rattle Marmion

Feb 21 2015 | 9:37 pm - If a boys basketball game between Marmion and Aurora Central Catholic doesn’t pump you up, Marmion senior center Evan Pickard suggested, you just can’t get pumped up.

Neuqua Valley clinches ninth league crown

Feb 21 2015 | 12:29 am - Waubonsie Valley had the misfortune of catching Neuqua Valley after one of its poorest performances in memory and a week of practice in between.

Aurora Christian takes aim at No. 1 St. Edward

Feb 19 2015 | 9:35 pm - Many times there is debate as to which team should have earned a No. 1 playoff seed. That is not the case at the Class 2A Lisle boys basketball regional.

No debating seeds at Lisle

Feb 19 2015 | 2:17 pm - Many times there is debate as to which team deserves a No. 1 playoff seed. That is not the case at this year’s Class 2A Lisle boys basketball regional.

Hard work pays off for St. Charles North’s Sebastian

Feb 19 2015 | 9:13 pm - A mere 2 miles an hour sent St. Charles North’s Claire Sebastian from under the radar to on it. Striding to the lane and throwing the bowling ball with even the slightest bit of added authority, the sophomore is now at Rockford’s...

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