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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Cook resigns at South Elgin

Aug 26 2016 | 6:01 pm - South Elgin boys basketball coach Jim Cook resigned that position this week.

St. Charles East has its way with South Elgin

Aug 27 2016 | 1:51 am - St. Charles East opened the football season with a 39-9 win over South Elgin Friday night.

Scouting Week 1 in the Fox Valley

Aug 27 2016 | 1:35 am - Here's a look at the Week 1 football games involving Fox Valley area teams.

Huntley would appear the team to beat in division-less FVC

Aug 24 2016 | 3:47 pm - The Fox Valley Conference’s new look is actually retro. For the first time since 2005, the FVC is one league, no divisions.

South Elgin will face stiff challenges in UEC Valley

Aug 23 2016 | 5:44 pm - The South Elgin football program took strides in its 10th season by winning its first conference title and second playoff game.

Will Batavia’s UEC River dynasty continue?

Aug 22 2016 | 5:47 pm - Only one question matters when it comes to the title race in the Upstate Eight River: can anybody beat Batavia’s football team?

Zimolzak has plenty to work with at Huntley

Aug 19 2016 | 2:01 pm - New head coach, same loaded program. Huntley goes in a new direction in 2016 as former defensive coordinator Matt Zimolzak takes over for John Hart, but the talent pool at the Fox Valley Conference’s largest school remains deep.

Depth will help Batavia reload

Aug 19 2016 | 1:59 pm - Losing a pair of talented all-area players to graduation like quarterback Kyle Niemiec and wide receiver Canaan Coffey would take a toll on any high school football team, but Batavia is better positioned to absorb such losses than most programs in...

Ilich brings straight-on approach to Bartlett

Aug 19 2016 | 1:59 pm - New head coach Eric Ilich is hoping to bring a row-the-boat mentality to the Bartlett football program this season.

Crystal Lake South lacks depth but has experience

Aug 19 2016 | 2:00 pm - Despite a lack of overall depth, Crystal Lake South’s football team has experience returning as the Gators shoot for a second-straight playoff berth.

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