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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: Breidigan, St. Charles East top Geneva for regional crown

May 28 2016 | 5:19 pm - Senior Matt Breidigan tossed a 2-hitter as the St. Charles East baseball team defeated Geneva 2-1 to win the Class 4A regional championship at SCE.

Baseball: St. Charles North’s late explosion nets 3rd straight regional title

May 28 2016 | 9:09 pm - St. Charles North scored 6 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to defeat Wheaton North 6-1 in the championship game of the Class 4A Hoffman Estates regional.

Baseball: Colangelo, Wheaton North oust South Elgin

May 27 2016 | 9:18 pm - Wheaton North and right hander Zach Colangelo defeated South Elgin 4-1 Friday in the Class 4A Hoffman Estates baseball regional semifinals.

Baseball: Somonauk ousts Elgin Academy

May 26 2016 | 10:31 pm - Elgin Academy’s baseball season came to an end Thursday with a 4-3 loss to Somonauk in the Class 1A Harvest Christian sectional.

Girls soccer: St. Charles North escapes Bartlett in OT

May 24 2016 | 10:04 pm - St. Charles North’s girls soccer team defeated Bartlett 3-2 in overtime Tuesday to advance to Friday’s Class 3A Bartlett sectional final at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

Baseball: Larkin turns the tables on Elgin in regional opener

May 23 2016 | 9:28 pm - Larkin’s baseball team opened Class 4A regional play with a 9-3 win over crosstown rival Elgin on Monday.

Baseball: Harvest Christian nails down first regional championship

May 21 2016 | 6:58 pm - Harvest Christian Academy won the first regional baseball championship in school history Saturday, defeating Christian Liberty 14-10 in the Class 1A final at Westminster Christian in Elgin.

Girls soccer: Noesen sisters help Bartlett upset Batavia

May 21 2016 | 1:57 am - Running low on energy after 100 minutes of regional championship soccer, the girls from Bartlett generated some sister power to finish off Batavia on penalty kicks for a 3-2 victory in Carol Stream Friday.

Baseball: Christian Liberty upsets Westminster Christian in 1A regional

May 19 2016 | 9:38 pm - Christian Liberty pulled off a Class 1A regional baseball tournament upset Thursday, defeating Westminster Christian 11-10 in Elgin.

Baseball: St. Charles North handles St. Charles East again

May 17 2016 | 9:46 pm - St. Charles North’s baseball team earned its second straight win over rival St. Charles East Tuesday, beating the Saints 3-0.

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