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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Harvest, Westminster on Class 1A collision course?

Feb 18 2017 | 7:47 pm - Boys basketball teams throughout the state have been competing and improving since before Thanksgiving with IHSA tournament glory in mind. Come Monday, the glory days begin, starting with the Class 1A and Class 2A boys tournaments.

Jacobs takes over FVC lead

Feb 18 2017 | 1:18 am - Rebounding was the theme of Jacobs’ 61-54 Fox Valley Conference win at Prairie Ridge Friday both literally and figuratively.

Great chemistry has been key for undefeated Geneva

Feb 16 2017 | 9:22 pm - Finishing the regular season undefeated would be a nice accomplishment for the 26-0 Geneva boys basketball team, but the Vikings aren’t hung up on winning their last three games.

Burlington Central blows out Marengo

Feb 15 2017 | 12:58 am - Burlington Central’s boys basketball team jumped into a first-place tie in the Kishwaukee River Conference Tuesday night with a 63-43 win at Marengo.

Focused Cary-Grove rebounds with win over Huntley

Feb 11 2017 | 8:45 pm - The Cary-Grove boys basketball team’s theme in Saturday’s 54-38 victory over visiting Huntley was applying a lesson learned.

Unbeaten Geneva clinches UEC River championship

Feb 11 2017 | 1:31 am - The Geneva boys basketball team might not lose a game if the Vikings keep shooting as accurately as they did in Friday’s 74-56 victory over St. Charles East.

Former Cary-Grove, NIU star Kube dies at 29

Feb 10 2017 | 12:05 am - Former Cary-Grove and Northern Illinois star Alex Kube tackled life and football with passion and enthusiasm, thus his sudden death Wednesday stunned those who knew him. Kube, 29, died at 11:50 p.m. at Mercy Health in Rockford.

Aurora Central trips up Glenbard South

Feb 08 2017 | 1:09 am - The Aurora Central Catholic boys basketball team maintained its grip on first place in the Metro Sububan Blue Tuesday by putting on a shooting clinic in a 68-58 victory over visiting Glenbard South.

Naperville North subdues Elgin

Feb 04 2017 | 10:43 pm - Naperville North’s boys basketball team defeated Elgin 68-51 Saturday at the Ernie Kivisto Hoopfest at East Aurora.

Short-handed West Aurora sinks South Elgin

Feb 04 2017 | 2:41 am - They call it boys basketball at the high school level but West Aurora’s 55-42 victory at South Elgin Friday was the unmistakable work of men.
Determined, steely eyed men.

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