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 dumps Elgin to stop skid

May 02 2015 | 6:14 pm - Bartlett’s 7-6 Upstate Eight crossover win at Elgin on Saturday was like a cold drink of water in the desert for a baseball team that had slipped to .500 after losing 3 straight and 7 of 8. Meanwhile, an eighth straight loss left Elgin...

Huntley’s win also a positive for Burlington Central

May 01 2015 | 9:49 pm - From the Burlington Central baseball team’s perspective, Friday’s 3-1 loss at Huntley is more beneficial in the long run than any of the recent blowouts the Rockets have enjoyed against fellow Class 3A competition. The Big Northern...

Good summer turning into better spring for Crystal Lake South

Apr 30 2015 | 7:57 pm - Summer success isn’t always a barometer of how well a high school baseball team performs the following season, but Crystal Lake South has parlayed last July’s fifth-place finish in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic into a fantastic spring...

Crystal Lake South’s win over Jacobs has quite the ‘Bright’ spot

Apr 29 2015 | 10:59 pm - The Crystal Lake South baseball team’s 4-3 comeback win over visiting Jacobs on Wednesday ended in a Bright flash. Jacobs loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh, but CL South reliever Mike Avella induced a fielder’s...

Focused Neuqua Valley dumps South Elgin

Apr 28 2015 | 9:50 pm - Pitcher Will Drake and the Neuqua Valley baseball team seemed to recognize the importance of Tuesday’s series opener better than host South Elgin. At the midway point of the Upstate Eight Valley season, both teams entered the 3-game series...

George’s fortitude helps Jacobs drop Huntley

Apr 24 2015 | 11:06 pm - Rather than fight Mother Nature, Jacobs pitcher Ryan George wrapped his arms around her and squeezed. An already chilly, breezy afternoon was made more challenging midway though Friday’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division baseball game in...

South Elgin’s big bats put the broom to Bartlett

Apr 24 2015 | 9:33 am - There’s stepping up against your rival and then there’s what South Elgin’s experienced hitters did to Bartlett pitching for the last three days. The Storm capped a 3-game sweep of the host Hawks on Thursday with an 11-4 victory...

Defense lets down Elgin, White as Larkin prevails in opener

Apr 21 2015 | 10:58 pm - Like peanut butter and jelly or bread and butter, Clay White and hard luck seem inexorably attached. The Elgin pitcher entered Tuesday’s opener of the annual 3-game, Upstate Eight River series against crosstown rival Larkin at Trout Park with...

Larkin stands on verge of sweeping Elgin

Apr 22 2015 | 10:30 pm - What Larkin pitcher Jon Lenz lacked in stuff, he made up for with tough in a 6-3 victory over Elgin at Trout Park on Wednesday. Though the senior right-hander admitted he was a tad sore after throwing 20 pitches in a 1⅓-inning save of...

Hampshire names Whitehouse new boys basketball coach

Apr 21 2015 | 8:29 pm - Hampshire graduate and longtime assistant coach Ben Whitehouse realized a lifelong goal on Monday when he was named the new boys basketball coach at his alma mater. Whitehouse, 33, was Hampshire’s athlete of the year as a three-sport athlete...

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