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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Cubs’ Ramirez to get a breather in minors

Jul 26 2014 | 11:19 pm - The Cubs optioned effective reliever Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to avoid overusing the right-hander, manager Rick Renteria said. Ramirez boasts a 0.96 ERA in 28 innings over 33 appearances this season, including 9 appearances since...

Pierzynski adds to Cubs’ woes again

Jul 26 2014 | 11:24 pm - Not only did the Cubs drop a 6-3 decision to rival St. Louis on Saturday, they lost in part due to a successful Cardinals debut by free-agent acquisition A.J. Pierzynski, the active player Cubs fans love to hate more than any other.

Burlington Central’s Ege wants more

Jun 14 2014 | 4:58 pm - It takes a lot to satisfy Burlington Central state champion hurdler Lucas Ege. At the boys state track and field meet in Charleston on May 31, The 17-year-old won the title in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in Class 2A record-setting time...

South Elgin edges Prairie Ridge for third place

Jun 16 2014 | 10:15 pm - The best baseball season in South Elgin’s eight-year history concluded with a win Saturday. Barely. Prairie Ridge rallied for 2 runs in the top of the sixth inning and scored 2 more in the seventh before Storm junior reliever Austin Sayre...

Semifinal disappointment for South Elgin

Jun 13 2014 | 11:44 pm - The looks on the faces of South Elgin baseball players spoke volumes after Friday’s 3-2 loss to St. Rita in a Class 4A semifinal at Silver Cross Field Friday night.

Baseball’s Final Four? Anything can happen

Jun 12 2014 | 11:08 pm - Playoff baseball in the Land of Lincoln remains the least predictable of all IHSA tournaments due to the unforgiving nature of its single-elimination format. A couple of traditional state powers always seem to reach the Final Four in Joliet, but so...

Baseball all-area team / Fox Valley

Jun 13 2014 | 11:43 am - Presenting the all-area baseball team for the Fox Valley.

As expected, South Elgin’s Nutof turned into something special

Jun 12 2014 | 1:08 pm - The South Elgin coaching staff realized before the 2013 season they had something special in pitcher Ryan Nutof. The rest of the baseball world found out soon thereafter.

From the darkness, South Elgin emerges a winner

Jun 10 2014 | 6:57 am - They say it’s always darkest before the dawn. Maybe so, but it can get quite dark right before a once-in-a-lifetime Storm hits. For the South Elgin baseball team, the top of the sixth inning in Monday’s Class 4A Schaumburg Boomers...

Covers, Prairie Ridge deny Jacobs

Jun 07 2014 | 11:00 pm - The second-best baseball season in Jacobs history ended Saturday. The second-best season in Prairie Ridge history continues. Prairie Ridge left-hander Austin Covers denied Jacobs consecutive sectional titles with a 4-1 victory in the Class 4A...

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