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 South duo stymies Elgin

Apr 01 2015 | 12:43 am - From the Crystal Lake South baseball team’s point of view, Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Elgin was a thrilling exhibition of left-handed pitching mastery backed by errorless defense. From the Maroons’ perspective, it was a frustrating...

Boys basketball: Petersen won’t be back as South Elgin coach

Apr 01 2015 | 12:30 am - South Elgin boys basketball coach Matt Petersen’s teaching assignment and coaching assignment for the 2015-16 school year will not be renewed, South Elgin athletic director Jason Ward confirmed Tuesday. Petersen, 33, was the second coach in...

Jacobs’ Sargent in command against Palatine

Mar 30 2015 | 10:38 pm - Pitching backward helped Ryan Sargent and the Jacobs baseball team earn a straightforward 4-1 nonconference win at Palatine on Monday. The senior right-hander’s game plan was to undermine the Pirates by throwing curveballs in fastball counts,...

Boys volleyball: Scouting the Fox Valley

Mar 27 2015 | 10:38 pm - Here's what to expect from the boys volleyball teams in the Fox Valley area this season.

Struwing, South Elgin capture tournament title

Mar 27 2015 | 10:36 pm - The South Elgin girls soccer team took the less-is-more approach in notching a 5-1 victory over West Chicago in the title game of its own season-opening tournament at Millennium Field on Friday. The Storm offense, inconsistent through its first...

Rockford Boylan outlasts Crystal Lake South

Mar 20 2015 | 10:12 pm - Two baseball teams with high expectations gave fans an early season treat Friday when Rockford Boylan won a 6-5 thriller against host Crystal Lake South in a June-caliber game.

Many firsts, except for a win, for Harvest Christian

Mar 20 2015 | 12:52 am - It was a night of firsts for Harvest Christian Academy baseball under the lights at Judson University in Elgin Thursday. Freshman right-hander Zach Pawelek threw the first pitch in program history against Northeastern Athletic Conference foe...

Baseball: Scouting the Fox Valley

Mar 19 2015 | 3:32 pm - Here's what to expect from the high school baseball teams of the Fox Valley this spring.

Westminster Christian’s Firchau retires from coaching

Mar 18 2015 | 8:48 pm - Westminster Christian’s Bruce Firchau, perhaps the greatest program fixer in Illinois boys basketball history, announced his retirement from coaching at the Elgin school Wednesday afternoon. Before a gathering of family, current and former...

The time is right for a classy exit from Barnett

Mar 12 2015 | 9:26 am - The finality of it all hadn't hit Bob Barnett yet. Throughout Wednesday's 66-54 loss to Rockford Lutheran in a Class 3A sectional semifinal at Rochelle, Hampshire's hall-of-fame boys basketball coach acted the same as he had throughout his 13...

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