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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Scouting this weekend’s Fox Valley playoff games

Oct 27 2016 | 10:20 pm - Here’s what to expect from the first round football playoff games involving teams from the Fox Valley area.

Jacobs aims for 1st playoff win under Mitz

Oct 26 2016 | 4:34 pm - When hall-of-fame football coach Bill Mitz took over at Jacobs seven years ago after he retired from Stevenson, his stated goal was to turn the Algonquin school into a perennial playoff participant.

Ten Fox Valley area teams ready for round one

Oct 22 2016 | 10:09 pm - Ten Fox Valley area football teams learned their first-round playoff opponents Saturday night.

Elgin squashes Larkin’s playoff hopes, takes back Town Jug

Oct 22 2016 | 2:38 am - Elgin denied Larkin a shot at the playoffs with a 26-20 overtime win Friday night. In taking back the Town Jug, the Maroons also halted an 18-game losing streak and got second-year coach Anthony Mason his first win.

Piron, Pomazak, Farquhar weigh in on changing conference options

Oct 19 2016 | 9:17 pm - Football coaches Dennis Piron of Batavia, St. Charles North’s Rob Pomazak and St. Charles East’s Bryce Farquhar have their own thoughts about their schools potentially leaving the Upstate Eight Conference.

Larkin’s Negron commits to Loyola

Oct 18 2016 | 10:23 pm - Larkin senior Christian Negron has reported via Twitter that he has accepted a scholarship offer to continue his basketball career at Loyola University in Chicago.

Ahsmann’s Crystal Lake South finale will be Friday

Oct 18 2016 | 10:20 am - The Crystal Lake South football team’s season finale at West Chicago on Friday will be the final game of coach Chuck Ahsmann’s seven-year tenure as head coach, he told his team Monday.

Collins, Cary-Grove run over South Elgin

Oct 15 2016 | 9:09 pm - Cary-Grove’s football team moved to 7-1 on the season Saturday with a 50-6 win over South Elgin.

St. Charles North denies Geneva playoff berth

Oct 15 2016 | 3:04 am - St. Charles North defeated Geneva 30-3 Friday night, officiall eliminating the Vikings from the playoffs.

St. Charles East proving its skeptics wrong

Oct 12 2016 | 10:36 pm - The triple option has been a key to St. Charles East’s 7-0 record this season.

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