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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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Jacobs, OP-RF share third place

Jun 14 2015 | 1:50 am - The Jacobs and Oak Park-River Forest baseball teams didn’t let a little bad weather spoil their fun in Joliet on Saturday. Both teams were awarded third place by the Illinois High School Association after the Class 4A consolation game was...

Mt. Carmel gets the jump on Jacobs

Jun 12 2015 | 11:10 pm - Jacobs fell behind Mt. Carmel 5-0 on the way to a 5-2 loss in the Class 4A baseball state semifinals on Friday in Joliet.

Baseball: Fox Valley All-Area team

Jun 11 2015 | 10:13 am - Presenting the 2015 Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area baseball team.

Baseball: South Elgin’s Keough came a long way

Jun 11 2015 | 10:23 am - South Elgin senior Max Keough is the honorary captain of the 2015 Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area baseball team.

Jacobs joins elite cast for Class 4A baseball finale

Jun 11 2015 | 11:36 pm - Jacobs' baseball team finds itself some of the state's most storied programs in this weekend's Class 4A tournament in Joliet.

Judson’s ambidextrous Perez drafted by Cleveland

Jun 10 2015 | 7:32 pm - The Cleveland Indians drafted two live arms when they picked Judson University pitcher Ryan Perez Wednesday. A rare ambidextrous pitcher who was clocked in pre-draft workouts at 94 mph left-handed and 93 mph right-handed, Perez was selected by...

Jacobs has the answer against Stevenson

Jun 09 2015 | 2:23 am - Jacobs got past Stevenson 3-1 on Monday in Class 4A supersectional play at Rockford Aviators Stadium to earn in a spot in this weekend's state finals in Joliet.

Baseball: Sargent, Jacobs win sectional title

Jun 06 2015 | 8:08 pm - Jacobs senior Ryan Sargent allowed just 4 hits as the Golden Eagles defeated Rockford Boylan 8-2 Saturday to win the Class 4A Cary-Grove sectional baseball championship.

South Elgin downs Lake Park to reach sectional final

Jun 04 2015 | 11:51 pm - Max Keough fired a 4-hitter and Joey Roberson hit a 2-run home run to spark South Elgin to a 4-1 win over Lake Park Thursday in the Class 4A St. Charles East baseball sectional semifinals.

Experienced Jacobs headed to sectional final

Jun 03 2015 | 9:11 pm - Jacobs came back from a 2-run deficit twice to beat DeKalb 7-4 Wednesday in the semifinals of the Class 4A Cary-Grove baseball sectional.

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