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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Westminster ousts defending 1A champ Mooseheart

Feb 28 2015 | 2:49 am - The Westminster Christian boys basketball team reeled in the same big fish twice Friday night. The Warriors erased an 8-point, third-quarter deficit against defending Class 1A state champion Mooseheart, again fell behind, then rallied from 8 points...

Larkin makes a statement with win over Geneva

Feb 26 2015 | 2:33 am - Two-time defending Upstate Eight River champion Larkin was eliminated from three-peat contention long ago, but that didn’t keep the Royals from having a say in which team inherits their crown. Make that teams, actually. Larkin forced 18...

St. Edward breaks regional drought, will play for title

Feb 24 2015 | 10:41 pm - History has a way of playing on the nerves. Aware the St. Edward boys basketball program had not won a playoff game since its 2008-09 regional championship season, the top-seeded Green Wave found themselves trailing No. 4 Chicago Christian by a...

Hampshire’s Barnett announces coaching retirement

Feb 23 2015 | 9:32 pm - Hampshire boys basketball coach Bob Barnett announced his retirement from coaching Monday afternoon, effective at the end of the season. Barnett, 54, said his decision is not directly related to his health, though he suffered two heart attacks on...

Boys basketball: Scouting the Class 1-2A postseason in the Fox Valley

Feb 21 2015 | 10:12 pm - Boys basketball: Scouting the Class 1-2A postseason in the Fox Valley

West Aurora’s Kerkman notches win No. 800

Feb 21 2015 | 2:06 am - With career victory No. 800 about to become official, smiling West Aurora coach Gordie Kerkman stopped senior Marquis Howard as he was coming off the court for the last time and prompted him to turn back and admire the scoreboard. There, next to the...

Elgin CC misses out on tie for ISCC title

Feb 19 2015 | 11:35 pm - The Elgin Community College men’s basketball team literally took one on the chin Thursday.

Jacobs wins; Cary-Grove’s Gregoire breaks school record

Feb 18 2015 | 1:30 am - Using a mix of 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones, the Cary-Grove boys basketball team on Tuesday played the best half of defense any team has thrown at streaking Jacobs in weeks. But nothing seems to phase these Golden Eagles for long.

Hampshire tops Genoa-Kingston; Sycamore up next

Feb 16 2015 | 11:17 pm - Hampshire coach Mike Featherly said junior guard Nikki Dumoulin’s contributions often “go under the radar.” That is partly because the 5-foot-8 junior plays on the same girls basketball team as junior Emma Benoit (6-0), a...

Jacobs clinches share of FVC Valley crown

Feb 15 2015 | 1:30 am - Funny what a year of experience can mean. The last time the Jacobs boys basketball players ventured into The Swamp in January of 2014, they grabbed a 19-point, third-quarter lead only to see Crystal Lake South erupt for a 33-2 run that vaulted it to...

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