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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Larkin makes it 12 straight over Elgin

Jan 21 2017 | 12:31 am - Larkin’s boys basketball team defeated crosstown rival Elgin 79-56 Friday night, the Royals’ 12th straight win over the Maroons.

Bartlett maturing ahead of schedule

Jan 19 2017 | 8:50 pm - No more flying under the radar for the first-place Bartlett Hawks boys basketball team.

Crystal Lake South rolls past Hampshire

Jan 17 2017 | 10:31 pm - Crystal Lake South’s boys basketball team picked up an easy 70-37 Fox Valley Conference win at Hampshire Tuesday night.

Boylan edges Larkin in overtime

Jan 16 2017 | 10:33 pm - Larkin looked anything but leg weary in a 66-61 overtime loss to Boylan, its fifth game in four days.

Prairie Ridge takes down No. 1 Jacobs in FVC showdown

Jan 14 2017 | 9:18 pm - Jacobs, the top-ranked boys basketball team in the Daily Herald Top 20, lost for the first time this season, falling to Prairie Ridge 50-41 Saturday in a Fox Valley Conference game.

St. Edward can’t keep up with Riverside-Brookfield

Jan 13 2017 | 11:08 pm - Riverside-Brookfield defeated St. Edward 72-58 in a Metro Suburban Conference crossover boys basketball game Friday night in Elgin.

Burlington Central hoping for repeat title at MLK tournament

Jan 12 2017 | 10:32 pm - The Burlington Central boys basketball team seeks a repeat title at its own tournament over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

St. Charles East kicker Burns transferring to IMG in Florida

Jan 12 2017 | 9:42 pm - An afternoon of internet browsing paid off in a big way for St. Charles East resident Meg Lietz and her son Matt Burns, who recently accepted an offer to kick for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Westminster Christian will play 8-player football this fall

Jan 12 2017 | 9:40 pm - Elgin’s Westminster Christian is one of a number of small schools that have committed to play eight-player football beginning this fall.

Geneva ties record for best start in program history

Jan 11 2017 | 12:37 am - Geneva’s boys basketball team defeated Elgin 67-41 Tuesday night to tie the 1958-59 team for the best start to a season — 15-0 — in program history.

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