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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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Football: Scouting the Class 7A championship game

Nov 28 2014 | 7:55 pm - Class 7A state championship
Cary-Grove (13-0) vs. Providence (12-1)When/where: Saturday at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, Champaign
Television: Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Burlington Central upends Dundee-Crown

Nov 26 2014 | 10:42 pm - Their 2-0 start will likely come to mind when the Burlington Central boys basketball players reflect on what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. The Rockets followed up Tuesday’s 34-point victory over Newark by shooting 60 percent from...

Cary-Grove’s defense confuses, frustrates its opponents

Nov 26 2014 | 4:18 pm - When filling out the required IHSA information sheet for Saturday’s Class 7A state championship game, Cary-Grove football coach Brad Seaburg paused at the section that asked him to list defensive players by position. The straightforward...

St. Edward rolls over Harvest Christian

Nov 24 2014 | 11:08 pm - Nick Duffy scored 20 points and Gino Domel added 11 as St. Edward's boys basketball team opened the season Monday with a 58-33 win over Harvest Christian.

Cary-Grove makes it clear — they aren’t done yet

Nov 24 2014 | 5:55 am - Had Libertyville’s football players been told prior to the postseason they would win 3 playoff games before bowing out with a 9-4 record, they probably would have been OK with that scenario. Heck, most teams statewide would be OK with making a...

Football: Scouting Cary-Grove at Libertyville

Nov 21 2014 | 4:49 pm - Head football coaches Mike Jones and Brad Seaburg were still assistants and this year’s seniors were 8-years-old when Libertyville and Cary-Grove last met. The Wildcats prevailed 13-3 on a wet, blustery Champaign evening to win the 2004 Class...

Boys basketball: Scouting the Fox Valley

Nov 19 2014 | 10:22 pm - Scouting the 2014-15 boys basketball season in the Fox Valley.

Cary-Grove runs by Geneva and into 7A semifinals

Nov 16 2014 | 8:40 am - Cary-Grove quarterback Jason Gregoire changed things up a bit after Geneva sliced a 19-point lead to 6 in the third quarter of Saturday’s Class 7A quarterfinal in Cary. Gregoire — who in the first half carried the ball only 4 times for...

Geneva’s next challenge? Stopping Pennington, Cary-Grove

Nov 13 2014 | 8:18 pm - Count Geneva football coach Rob Wicinski among Cary-Grove fullback Tyler Pennington’s growing number of admirers. “I can’t wait to see this kid,” said Wicinski, who played collegiately at Northern Illinois.

Class 4A playoffs: Coal City ends St. Edward’s run

Nov 09 2014 | 5:46 am - The weight of playing in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs for only the second time in school history didn’t get to the St. Edward football team. The weight of Coal City’s offensive line did. Giving away 100 pounds a man at...

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