Jerry Fitzpatrick

Fox Valley Sports Writer
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Jerry Fitzpatrick joined the Daily Herald prep sports staff in 2002 after two years as a contributing correspondent. Since 2004, his beats in the northern Fox Valley have included football, girls volleyball, boys basketball, baseball and boys and girls track.

An avid fan of high school sports, he has reported from IHSA events at sites ranging from Elgin to Peoria, Champaign to the Quad Cities.

In 2006, he spearheaded a three-part staff report that examined the relationship between IHSA sports and the expanding club sports scene.

Fitzpatrick also has covered hundreds of Chicago professional sporting events, mainly Major League Baseball on both sides of town. Memorable experiences include contributing to coverage of the White Sox title run in 2005, Cubs playoff teams in 2007 and 2008, Bulls and Blackhawks playoff games, the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, and witnessing each of Devin Hester's touchdown returns at Soldier Field in 2007.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, he spent three years criss-crossing the Midwest on long bus rides while employed as the radio play-by-play voice of the Springfield (Ill.) Jr. Blues hockey team, and he worked for two seasons as a contributing broadcaster for the Springfield Capitals minor-league baseball team. He began his journalism career as an editor for Suburban NiteLife Magazine, based in West Chicago.

Fitzpatrick grew up in Wheaton and is a graduate of St. Francis High School, where he lettered twice in football and baseball. He now lives in the northwest suburbs.

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Baseball: Fremd’s quick start does in South Elgin

Mar 21 2017 | 10:18 pm - Fremd defeated South Elgin 8-2 Tuesday in the baseball opener for both teams.

Baseball: Scouting the Fox Valley

Mar 16 2017 | 3:16 pm - Previewing the 2017 baseball season in the Fox Valley

Larkin vs. Jacobs sectional final should be electric

Mar 09 2017 | 9:14 pm - The boys basketball teams from Larkin and Jacobs are set to do battle Friday night in the championship game of the Class 4A Elgin sectional.

Larkin, Jacobs, West Aurora looking to take the next step

Mar 06 2017 | 10:22 pm - Will a first-timer blaze a new trail at this week’s Class 4A Elgin boys basketball sectional, or will it be a program that knows the path?

Hinsdale South stuns Geneva at buzzer

Mar 04 2017 | 1:14 am - Hinsdale South’s Karol Lipiszko buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer, igniting a frenzied celebration that ended in a midcourt dogpile in Hinsdale South’s 44-41 win over Geneva.

Fox Valley all-area team

Mar 02 2017 | 1:37 pm - Presenting the 2016-17 Fox Valley boys basketball all-area team.

It’s all brains, boards and basketball for Jacobs’ Krutwig

Mar 02 2017 | 1:37 pm - Jacobs senior Cameron Krutwig is the Honorary Captain of the Daily Herald’s Fox Valley All-Area Boys Basketball Team.

Larkin overcomes Elgin’s upset bid

Feb 28 2017 | 12:15 am - Elgin pushed Larkin to the limit Monday night but the Royals survived, 59-54, in the opening round of the Class 4A Larkin boys basketball regional.

Larkin regional will be one to watch

Feb 25 2017 | 7:27 pm - At this week’s six-team Class 4A Larkin regional, the field has a 103-62 combined record.

St. Edward rallies for regional title

Feb 25 2017 | 1:32 am - Top sub-sectional seed Northridge Prep had the lead on its home floor at halftime of Friday’s Class 2A regional championship game in Niles, but No. 4 St. Edward had senior guard Kelvin Cortez-Harvey and a suddenly hot supporting cast.

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