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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Streamwood ends West Chicago’s playoff hopes

Oct 18 2014 | 10:17 pm - West Chicago drove the length of the field for a touchdown early in Saturday’s Upstate Eight River game, but Streamwood’s defense never let it happen again in a 28-8 victory at Millennium Field. Hungry to earn a fourth win and stay in...

Elgin’s long wait for a win is over

Oct 18 2014 | 2:17 am - Elgin already led rival Larkin by 19 points late in the second quarter when the Maroons went for the Town Jug-ular. With 6-foot-2 senior Jordan Smith lined up in single coverage with 1:48 left in the first half, junior quarterback Terrance...

Scouting Week 8 in the Fox Valley

Oct 16 2014 | 10:51 pm - Scouting Week 8 football games in the Fox Valley.

Playoffs, Town Jug on the line in U-46 rivalry matchups

Oct 16 2014 | 10:50 pm - It's football rivalry week in Elgin Area School District U-46, which means it's time to determine on which side of the Fox River the Town Jug will reside for the next year. Before we break down the matchup between Elgin and Larkin, let's first turn...

Crystal Lake South’s Ahsmann fighting return of cancer

Oct 15 2014 | 6:12 pm - Crystal Lake South football coach Chuck Ahsmann has lived with marginal zone lymphoma for 22 years, so when the 52-year-old felt fatigued in recent months he wasn’t sure if the source was his ongoing cancer fight or the natural effects of...

South Elgin volleyball trips up Bartlett

Oct 14 2014 | 9:58 pm - Being forced to juggle the lineup isn’t the ideal way to enter a rivalry match, but the South Elgin girls volleyball team made it work Tuesday in a 25-17, 25-19 victory on Bartlett’s Senior Night. With starting middle hitter Sarah...

No. 1 Cary-Grove’s momentum just keeps building

Oct 11 2014 | 12:04 am - As Friday’s 49-7 victory at Jacobs demonstrates, nothing slows the momentum of the Cary-Grove football team these days. Not even a broken body part.

Scouting Week 7 in the Fox Valley

Oct 09 2014 | 10:54 pm - Scouting Week 7 football games in the Fox Valley.

Hampshire, Burlington Central both hurting

Oct 08 2014 | 9:09 pm - There’s good news and bad news for injury plagued Hampshire heading into Friday’s home game against Prairie Ridge. The bad news? Quarterback Nick Mohlman is again considered “day to day but most likely out,” according to...

Crystal Lake South upends Cary-Grove

Oct 08 2014 | 12:41 am - Tuesday’s match against visiting Cary-Grove was a must-win for the Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team in its quest for a division three-peat. CL South lost to the Trojans in Cary in straight sets on Sept. 11 in the first meeting between...

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