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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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Focused Cary-Grove a regional champ

Oct 31 2014 | 12:43 am - The much-improved Dundee-Crown girls volleyball team could not keep determined host Cary-Grove from returning to championship form in Thursday’s Class 4A regional final. Cary-Grove, which won the 4A state title in 2009 and finished runner-up...

Discipline will be key to Huntley’s playoff chances

Oct 29 2014 | 11:25 pm - Rarely does an 8-1 football team fly below the radar, but the description fits dangerous Huntley with the Class 8A playoffs set to begin. The Red Raiders won 8 regular-season games for only the second time in school history, according to published...

Versatile Burlington C., Kaneland to meet for title

Oct 28 2014 | 10:53 pm - The girls volleyball teams from Kaneland and Burlington Central demonstrated a common trait in their respective semifinal wins at the Class 3A Hampshire regional Tuesday: versatility. In the first semifinal, Kaneland overcame a sluggish start to...

Elation, dejection for Fox Valley football teams

Oct 26 2014 | 12:04 am - Saturday’s announcement of the IHSA football playoff pairings left four area teams elated, two dejected. Everyone wearing St. Edward green and gold sported a broad smile at Danny’s on Douglas, a pizzeria in downtown Elgin where...

St. Edward 9-0 for first time in program history

Oct 25 2014 | 4:04 am - The St. Edward football family — players, coaches, parents, administrators and alumni — lingered so long on Elmwood Park’s field celebrating the completion of the first 9-0 regular season in the program’s 71-year history...

Scouting Week 9 in the Fox Valley

Oct 24 2014 | 3:12 pm - Scouting Week 9 football games in the Fox Valley

Jacobs hoping its Halloween treat is a playoff game

Oct 22 2014 | 9:09 pm - Jacobs football coach Bill Mitz doesn’t have anything against trick or treaters. It’s just that for the last 26 years he has rarely been home to hand out candy. Mitz is usually either coaching in or preparing his teams for the IHSA...

Harvest Christian falls in boys soccer sectional

Oct 21 2014 | 9:14 pm - The Harvest Christian Academy boys soccer players received a nice ovation from fans Tuesday as they left the field for the final time this season. Despite coming out on the short end of a 9-1 decision against an older, more mature team from...

Streamwood ends West Chicago’s playoff hopes

Oct 18 2014 | 10:17 pm - West Chicago drove the length of the field for a touchdown early in Saturday’s Upstate Eight River game, but Streamwood’s defense never let it happen again in a 28-8 victory at Millennium Field. Hungry to earn a fourth win and stay in...

Elgin’s long wait for a win is over

Oct 18 2014 | 2:17 am - Elgin already led rival Larkin by 19 points late in the second quarter when the Maroons went for the Town Jug-ular. With 6-foot-2 senior Jordan Smith lined up in single coverage with 1:48 left in the first half, junior quarterback Terrance...

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