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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Day game just fine for Neuqua Valley

Sep 20 2014 | 11:56 pm - The Neuqua Valley football team doesn’t do Saturdays too often. Friday nights under the bright lights, that’s more the Wildcats’ speed. Their last day game? Two years ago this week at the same venue as Saturday’s Upstate...

Streamwood holds off Larkin

Sep 20 2014 | 12:39 pm - The Larkin football team rallied for 3 second-half touchdowns and dominated the final two quarters overall, but Streamwood had just enough left in the tank defensively to hold off the Royals for a 27-21 Upstate Eight River victory at Memorial Field...

Football: Scouting Week 4 in the Fox Valley

Sep 18 2014 | 8:25 pm - Scouting Week 4 of the football season in the Fox Valley.

Crystal Lake South’s Gardeck recovering nicely

Sep 17 2014 | 5:11 pm - Crystal Lake South linebacker Alex “Bubba” Gardeck thought he had the wind knocked out of him. Turns out he actually had the wind knocked into him. Gardeck suffered an unusual football injury on Saturday when he tore a hole in his...

Cary-Grove slips past Huntley

Sep 17 2014 | 1:56 am - Tuesday’s tense girls volleyball match between Cary-Grove and host Huntley went the Trojans’ way in a Splitt second. With the contest tied at a game apiece, the Red Raiders stormed back from a 19-13 deficit in Game 3. Huntley won 7 of...

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...

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