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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Prairie Ridge beats Huntley in last seconds

Nov 25 2015 | 6:23 pm - Prairie Ridge's Brian Dorn made a layup with 2 seconds left in the game Wednesday to lift Prairie Ridge to a 53-51 win over Huntley at the Crystal Lake Central boys basketball Thanksgiving tournament.

Geneva heats up, rolls by Belvidere North

Nov 25 2015 | 7:28 pm - Geneva's boys basketball team rolled to a 67-37 win over Belvidere North Wednesday at the Crystal Lake Central Thanksgiving Tournament.

Rochelle beats Hampshire at the buzzer

Nov 24 2015 | 10:47 pm - Rochelle beat Hampshire 58-56 at the buzzer in the first game for both teams at the Sycamore Thanksgiving Tournament on Tuesday, but it wasn’t because the Hubs fooled Hampshire’s new coach.

What Cary-Grove accomplished was far from easy

Nov 21 2015 | 10:27 pm - Cary-Grove lost a football game to Glenbard West 21-6 on Saturday but not before it took yet another step forward as a program.

Scouting: Westminster Christian

Nov 19 2015 | 8:25 am - Scouting the Westminster Christian boys basketball season for 2015-16.

Scouting: Harvest Christian

Nov 19 2015 | 8:23 am - Scouting the Harvest Christian boys basketball season for 2015-16.

Scouting: Burlington Central

Nov 19 2015 | 8:21 am - Scouting the Burlington Central boys basketball season for 2014-15.

Scouting: Elgin Academy

Nov 19 2015 | 2:36 pm - Scouting the Elgin Academy boys basketball season for 2014-15.

Glenbard West, Brodner will be a challenge for Cary-Grove

Nov 19 2015 | 8:31 pm - Running back Sam Brodner and top-seeded Glenbard West will be a major challenge for Cary-Grove in Saturday's Class 7A semifinal football playoff game.

Cary-Grove at Batavia has plenty of playoff history behind it

Nov 12 2015 | 11:31 pm - Cary-Grove's matchup at Batavia in the 2006 football quarterfinals was one for the ages, and it featured two assistant coaches who are now in charge of their programs.

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