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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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Crystal Lake Central surprises Hampshire

Jan 31 2015 | 10:42 pm - This was more grudge match than rematch. The Crystal Lake Central boys basketball team had been anticipating Saturday’s tilt with Hampshire since Dec. 16, when the Whip-Purs whupped the Tigers 90-49 in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division...

Larkin’s dominance over Elgin continues

Jan 31 2015 | 1:11 am - The Larkin boys basketball team parlayed its dominance on the glass into a new level of dominance in the crosstown series against rival Elgin with a 75-55 victory at Chesbrough Field House on Friday. The taller Royals used their considerable height...

Cary-Grove’s Ruhland out with knee injury

Jan 29 2015 | 6:59 pm - Cary-Grove senior Trevor Ruhland’s basketball season has likely ended due to a knee injury. Best known as a Notre Dame football recruit who started at offensive tackle in two state championship games for Cary-Grove, Ruhland (6-foot-4, 280...

Jacobs goes deep to beat Dundee-Crown

Jan 29 2015 | 12:02 am - Jacobs went from having its depth tested in the first half to testing rival Dundee-Crown from deep range in the second half of a 58-39 win in Carpentersville on Wednesday.

Jacobs hopes to keep roll going at Dundee-Crown

Jan 27 2015 | 10:00 pm - Maybe playing on rival Dundee-Crown’s home court will slow the momentum of the Jacobs boys basketball team. Little else has lately. Finally nearing 100 percent health and playing of late like the dynamic team they were predicted to be this...

Westminster goes cold, falls to Luther North

Jan 25 2015 | 1:02 am - As droughts go, this was California-like. The Luther North boys basketball team denied Westminster Christian a field goal for 13:31 of the second half in Saturday’s 53-40 victory in Elgin, thereby denying the Warriors’ bid to clinch at...

Bartlett hangs on against Glenbard East

Jan 24 2015 | 1:52 am - Bartlett’s 10-point lead nearly evaporated in 70 seconds when faced with Glenbard East rainmakers, but the Hawks didn’t lose their grip in Friday’s 56-50 win. It seemed as though Bartlett had an Upstate Eight Valley boys...

Hot-shooting Neuqua Valley downs South Elgin

Jan 23 2015 | 1:32 am - Whether it was due to hot shooting or regular wear and tear is impossible to say, but the net on Neuqua Valley’s side of South Elgin’s court had to be replaced during pregame warm-ups Thursday when a hole developed. Neuqua Valley...

Freshmen making their mark in Fox Valley

Jan 22 2015 | 1:31 pm - A varsity basketball coach’s decision to play freshmen has its pros and cons. Sometimes a coach’s hand is willfully forced by the sheer athleticism or size of an incoming freshman. For example, anyone in the Fox Valley area who last...

Jacobs holds off Cary-Grove

Jan 21 2015 | 1:26 am - The effective zone defense played by the Cary-Grove boys basketball team on Tuesday gave the Trojans a shot to upset visiting Jacobs, but the Golden Eagles made just enough plays down the stretch to escape Elroy Fitzgerald Gymnasium with a 47-43...

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