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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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Baseball: Scouting the Class 3A/4A postseason in the Fox Valley

May 23 2015 | 10:09 pm - Baseball: Scouting the Class 3A/4A postseason in the Fox Valley

Richmond-Burton ends St. Edward’s run

May 23 2015 | 4:40 pm - St. Edward girls soccer fans have been treated to phenomenal postseasons since 2011-12, when coach Tim Brieger’s program began its string of four straight appearances in a Class 1A supersectional or better. It was a run that included a...

Sycamore ousts Burlington Central

May 22 2015 | 9:50 pm - The Sycamore girls soccer team figured a quick strike might lead to a better outcome. The Spartans were knocked out of the playoffs last season by Burlington Central and they dropped a 3-0 decision to the same Rockets earlier this spring. Falling...

Streamwood tabs Guindon to lead football program

May 22 2015 | 10:21 pm - Don Guindon, 25, was confirmed this week as the new football coach at Streamwood High School by the Elgin Area School District U-46 board. Guindon is a 2007 Streamwood graduate who played wide receiver, the same position he went on to play at Beloit...

Westminster Christian denies St. Edward in 2A regional

May 20 2015 | 9:38 pm - The upset-minded St. Edward baseball team scored in each of the first two innings against top seed Westminster Christian, but the Green Wave would regret not scoring more when they had chances in Wednesday’s Class 2A regional semifinal in...

Down but not out, St. Edward ousts Christian Liberty

May 18 2015 | 10:09 pm - Teams hitting .192 don’t often rally from 5 runs down to win playoff games, which is why St. Edward’s 9-8 walk-off win over Christian Liberty Academy was such an improbable thrill for Green Wave baseball fans in Elgin Monday. No. 4 St.

Baseball: Scouting the Class 1A/2A postseason in the Fox Valley

May 16 2015 | 7:56 pm - Class 1A Elgin Academy regional

Cary-Grove nails down first FVC Valley title since 2010

May 16 2015 | 9:41 pm - It’s not as if the Cary-Grove baseball program fell off the map after winning its last Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title in 2010. Far from it. The Trojans averaged a respectable 22 wins over the last four seasons. But respectable...

Burlington Central tabs Newburger as new football coach

May 15 2015 | 2:28 pm - New Burlington Central football coach Jason Newburger intends to be a program builder. “What I would love our program to do is to compete perennially,” Newburger, 31, said after he was announced Friday as the Rockets’ new coach...

Zielinski named boys basketball coach at Westminster Christian

May 15 2015 | 3:13 pm - Westminster Christian School announced Andy Zielinski as its new boys basketball coach Friday.

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