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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Fremd earns physical win over Bartlett

Jan 20 2018 | 9:45 pm - Fremd defeated Bartlett 57-53 Saturday in a nonconference boys basketball game.

Larkin cruises to 15th straight win over Elgin

Jan 20 2018 | 12:24 am - Larkin’s boys basketball team rolled to its 15th straight win over Elgin Friday night, 75-48, in an Upstate Eight River game.

Versatile Batavia keeps trending up

Jan 18 2018 | 8:19 pm - Batavia winning the J-Hawk MLK Showcase in Rockford last weekend shouldn’t have come as a surprise considering the Bulldogs’ stock has been rising as fast as the Dow.

Elgin-Larkin alumni games a smashing success

Jan 18 2018 | 8:35 pm - If an event is judged by the number of smiles it triggers, Wednesday’s Elgin vs. Larkin alumni basketball event at Chesbrough Field House can only be considered a rousing success.

Reviews are in: Batavia is Jefferson champ

Jan 15 2018 | 8:24 pm - Batavia’s boys basketball team claimed the championship of the Rockford Jefferson J-Hawk MLK Showcase Monday with two more wins. The Bulldogs finished the tournament 4-0 to move to 18-3 on the season.

Batavia notches impressive win over Rockford Jefferson

Jan 13 2018 | 10:36 pm - Batavia’s boys basketball team upended Rockford Jefferson 75-66 Saturday night at Jefferson’s MLK Tournament.

West Aurora eases past South Elgin

Jan 13 2018 | 12:38 am - West Aurora downed South Elgin 73-55 in Upstate Eight Valley boys basketball action Friday night.

Elgin-Larkin alumni game features top players from the past

Jan 12 2018 | 7:25 am - The idea for next Wednesday’s Elgin vs. Larkin alumni basketball event was hatched of one former Elgin player’s desire to teach his son about the city’s rich basketball history.

Elgin’s Sitter named new AD at Hampshire

Jan 11 2018 | 3:19 pm - Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 has hired longtime Elgin High coach Mike Sitter as Hampshire High School’s next athletic director.

Jacobs trio keys win over Cary-Grove

Jan 10 2018 | 10:43 pm - The Jacobs boys basketball team defeated Cary-Grove 60-46 Wednesday night.

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