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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Bartlett, St. Charles North will beat heat with earlier start

Sep 02 2015 | 8:30 pm - St. Charles North and Bartlett will try to beat the heat on Saturday. The Upstate Eight schools were originally scheduled to play their crossover football game on the artificial turf at Millennium Field in Streamwood at 2 p.m.

South Elgin wears down, beats St. Charles East

Aug 30 2015 | 7:29 am - New offensive and defensive schemes helped St. Charles East keep it close until late in the season opener at South Elgin on Saturday, but the bigger, faster Storm wore down the Saints late in a 28-6 nonconference victory.

Allen, St. Edward pick up where they left off

Aug 29 2015 | 2:03 am - Opponents found St. Edward running back Dwayne Allen difficult enough to stop last season. Now he has a wingman. Or more accurately, a wildcat. Allen, named the offensive player of the year in the Metro Suburban East last season after he rushed for...

Seniors will lead Westminster Christian

Aug 26 2015 | 5:45 pm - Westminster Christian football is about to experience something new: a wealth of senior leadership. The Warriors enter their third season of varsity competition, but this is their first year with more than a sprinkling of seniors dotting the roster.

Return to playoffs is Crystal Lake South’s goal

Aug 26 2015 | 9:36 pm - Crystal Lake South was one of the best football teams in the state to not make the playoffs in 2014. The Gators finished 4-5 against a schedule that included seven teams with winning records, five of which qualified for the playoffs. Nothing...

Hampshire has hopes to improve in FVC Fox

Aug 26 2015 | 5:05 pm - The move to the Fox Valley Conference from the Big Northern hasn’t been an easy one for the Hampshire football program. The Whip-Purs have yet to place higher than third in the FVC Fox Division since joining the league in 2011. The 2015 squad...

Dundee-Crown has gotten stronger

Aug 26 2015 | 3:46 pm - A lack of strength was Dundee-Crown’s weakness last season. A junior-heavy team that also featured multiple sophomores in starting roles was too often pushed around by stronger, more mature opponents en route to a 2-7 finish and an 0-5...

Huntley looking forward to FVC Valley challenge

Aug 26 2015 | 7:43 pm - The Huntley football program has everything it needs. Almost. Over the past three years the program has benefitted from millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades, including new turf, new bleachers, a new press box, a new scoreboard, a new...

Newburger era begins at Burlington Central

Aug 26 2015 | 5:46 pm - Jason Newburger wasn’t hired to rebuild the Burlington Central football program. More like redirect it. The 2002 Vernon Hills graduate was tabbed in May to replace Rich Crabel, who stepped down last December with a 22-16 record and two...

Missing playoffs fuels Jacobs’ fire

Aug 26 2015 | 2:42 pm - It didn’t take much to motivate Jacobs in an off-season that began too soon for its liking. Finishing 5-4 yet missing the postseason due to a lack of playoff points has a tendency to light a fire under football players determined to avoid a...

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