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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New Elgin boys basktball coach comes with plenty of experience

Jun 12 2018 | 11:37 pm - New Elgin boys basketball boss David Hess arrives prepared for his second head coaching job.

Simply put, West Aurora’s Donatlan did it all

Jun 09 2018 | 2:39 pm - West Aurora’s Camron Donatlan is the 2017-18 Daily Herald Fox Valley Male Athlete of the Year.

Baseball: Plainfield North hangs on against Huntley

Jun 09 2018 | 11:24 pm - Huntley’s valiant seventh-inning rally came up 1 run short as Plainfield North won the Class 4A baseball state championship with a 4-3 decision Saturday at Joliet’s Route 66 Stadium.

Baseball: McPherson takes game to whole new level

Jun 07 2018 | 11:27 am - Marmion’s Brandon McPherson is the Honorary Captain of the 2018 Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area Baseball Team.

Baseball: Fox Valley All-Area Team

Jun 07 2018 | 11:23 am - Presenting the 2018 Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area Baseball Team.

Bartlett tabs Erlenbaugh as new head coach

Jun 05 2018 | 7:36 pm - Bartlett High School has tabbed Matt Erlenbaugh, a Buffalo Grove and Western Illinois graduate, as its new head football coach.

Baseball: South Elgin grad Weiss drafted by Arizona in 4th round

Jun 05 2018 | 3:55 pm - South Elgin native Ryan Weiss said it was “unreal” to see his name scroll across the television screen as a fourth-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday afternoon.

Baseball: Huntley handles Loyola, headed to state

Jun 05 2018 | 1:05 am - Huntley’s baseball team jumped to a 5-run lead after three innings and the bend-but-don’t-break bullpen staved off a Loyola Academy comeback in an 8-4 win in Schaumburg Monday.

Baseball: Bats go cold for Burlington Central

Jun 02 2018 | 10:56 pm - The Burlington Central baseball team averaged 8 runs per game in three playoff wins entering Saturday’s Class 3A sectional final against Stillman Valley, but the Rockets were unable to generate that type of production in a 3-2 loss.

Elgin grad Cooper hooks on with LSU

Jun 02 2018 | 6:29 pm - Elgin High graduate and Triton College national champion basketball player Courtese Cooper signed with LSU during a visit to the Baton Rouge campus Thursday.

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