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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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Wauconda holds off Elgin

Dec 20 2014 | 6:38 pm - Frustration boiled over in the Elgin locker room at halftime of Saturday morning’s 83-75 loss to Wauconda at Marengo, and that was probably a good thing. Trailing by 14 after the Bulldogs smacked Elgin with an 11-0 run to close the half, the...

Bartlett stymies East Aurora

Dec 19 2014 | 11:56 pm - Nobody takes any pity on you in the Upstate Eight Conference. East Aurora entered Friday’s UEC Valley boys basketball game at Bartlett short-handed after senior point guard Lawrence Stewart strained his back in Thursday’s loss to...

Football: Crabel steps down at Burlington Central

Dec 19 2014 | 6:14 pm - Rich Crabel knows how to push football players to bring out their best performance. Pushing pencils? That was his least favorite part of the job. Citing the ever-expanding administrative duties that come with being a head football coach at the high...

Bartlett-Jacobs matchup highlights tournament openers

Dec 18 2014 | 11:31 pm - Every pool-play game matters for boys basketball squads hoping to advance at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs, which makes Saturday’s opening-night showdown between red-hot Bartlett and the host Golden Eagles critical to the title hopes...

Larkin presses on, dumps Batavia

Dec 18 2014 | 1:38 am - Larkin snared twice as many rebounds as Batavia in the first half of Wednesday’s Upstate Eight River meeting in Elgin, but the Royals didn’t pull away for a 71-58 victory until their guards intensified the defensive pressure in the...

Crystal Lake South handles Dundee-Crown

Dec 16 2014 | 11:38 pm - In keeping with the holiday season, the Crystal Lake South boys basketball team was in the giving spirit Tuesday in a 53-39 victory over visiting Dundee-Crown. The Gators improved to 7-1 overall, 1-0 in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division by...

Jacobs dumps Barrington on Mack’s 3 at buzzer

Dec 13 2014 | 11:46 pm - Welcome back, Kenton Mack. Playing only his second game of the season on Saturday following a minor procedure to fix the meniscus in his right knee, the Northern Michigan-bound senior drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Golden Eagles...

Lynch’s putback lifts South Elgin past Waubonsie

Dec 12 2014 | 3:53 am - South Elgin forward Julian Lynch’s hard-fought offensive rebound and putback with 2.9 seconds left to beat Waubonsie Valley on Thursday was no fluke, according to Storm coach Matt Petersen. “He was doing that all game,” Petersen...

Three area football players earn NFF award

Dec 10 2014 | 8:32 pm - Three area football players were named $5,000 college tuition scholarship recipients by the National Football Foundation on Tuesday. Seniors Chris Kelly of St. Edward Central Catholic in Elgin, Noah Frazier of Batavia and Matt Rahn of Aurora Central...

Improving Elgin invades Larkin’s gym

Dec 10 2014 | 8:44 pm - The Elgin boys basketball team has shown signs of improvement in winning 2 of its last 3 games since an 0-3 start. Whether or not the Maroons have improved enough to halt rival Larkin, which has beaten them six straight, will be determined when the...

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