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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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Cary-Grove’s growth continues at Prairie Ridge Invite

Sep 13 2014 | 10:42 pm - Same coaches. Same building. Far different stakes. The last time girls volleyball teams coached by Barrington’s Michelle Jakubowski and Cary-Grove’s Patty Langanis met was in 2011, when Langanis’ Trojans defeated an injury weakened...

St. Edward bowls over Riverside-Brookfield

Sep 13 2014 | 3:05 am - The St. Edward football team installed a wildcat package this week, but the Green Wave version also included blockers built like a bull and a rhino. The “heavy” wildcat featured 275-pound defensive tackle Kasey Cooke and 6-foot-4,...

Scouting this weekend’s Fox Valley football games

Sep 11 2014 | 11:40 pm - Scouting this weekend’s Fox Valley football games

Brooks has been pleasant surprise for Dundee-Crown

Sep 11 2014 | 10:43 am - Were one to hazard a guess before the season started as to Dundee-Crown’s most consistent tailback through 2 games, it’s unlikely the name Brandon Brooks would have leapt off the tongue. Nevertheless, Brooks, also a starting linebacker,...

Dundee-Crown pushes Crystal Lake South

Sep 10 2014 | 9:50 am - Tuesday’s competitive showing in a loss to area powerhouse Crystal Lake South is further proof that third-year Dundee-Crown girls volleyball coach Christine Hopkins-Muehl has the program pointed in the right direction. In 2012, Hopkins-Muehl...

Crystal Lake South nips South Elgin

Sep 06 2014 | 8:33 am - A broken play helped the Crystal Lake South football team break South Elgin hearts in a 32-29 victory at Ken Bruhn Field in Crystal Lake on Friday.

Scouting Week 2 football in the Fox Valley

Sep 04 2014 | 7:04 pm - Previewing Week 2 football action in the Fox Valley.

Don’t count Bartlett out over one loss

Sep 03 2014 | 9:25 pm - Following Saturday’s 17-7 loss to Huntley, Bartlett quarterback Jordan Flint reminded his teammates via Twitter that “85 percent of Bartlett football teams have lost their first game and still made playoffs.” Flint is right. No...

Aggressive St. Edward downs South Elgin

Sep 03 2014 | 11:30 pm - The South Elgin girls volleyball team has an array of talent along its front row, but St. Edward made it difficult for the Storm to pass the ball to those hitters in Wednesday’s nonconference sweep in Elgin. Fueled by a combination of...

Scouting Fox Valley girls volleyball

Aug 30 2014 | 9:48 pm - Scouting Fox Valley girls volleyall for 2014.

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