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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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Huntley turns back Bartlett

Aug 31 2014 | 10:02 am - Every time the Bartlett offense knocked on the door the Huntley defense was there to slam it shut. In a game resumed on Saturday evening after a lightning postponement on Friday, the Hawks racked up 404 total yards. However, the Huntley defense was...

Scouting Fox Valley girls volleyball

Aug 30 2014 | 9:48 pm - Scouting Fox Valley girls volleyall for 2014.

Scouting Week 1 football in the Fox Valley

Aug 28 2014 | 10:48 pm - Scouting Week 1 football in the Fox Valley

Westminster Christian excited for second season

Aug 27 2014 | 6:00 pm - It’s one thing to be new to varsity football. It’s another thing to be new to varsity football and have an extremely young team, which was the doubly difficult challenge Westminster Christian faced during its inaugural varsity season...

FVC Valley will be a dogfight again

Aug 25 2014 | 11:50 pm - Jacobs is determined to prove last year’s undefeated Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title was just the beginning of a long reign. Cary-Grove is out to claim its eighth FVC title in 11 seasons, thereby proving its 2013 second-place...

Experienced Burlington Central ready to win

Aug 25 2014 | 9:40 am - Senior-laden Burlington Central is built to win now. A roster of 45 is stocked with 28 seniors so experienced players litter the lineup. Four of five offensive linemen return and the entire starting defense consists of members of the Class of 2015.

Stronger Streamwood hoping for better results

Aug 27 2014 | 2:43 pm - A former Northern Illinois lineman himself, Streamwood football coach Mark Orszula recognized off-season weight training would be vital if the Sabres hope to improve upon last year’s 1-8 record. Streamwood was pushed around in the trenches...

MSC should provide St. Edward more level playing field

Aug 27 2014 | 5:59 pm - It’s the dawn of a new era for St. Edward football and the outlook has never been brighter. The Green Wave fought the good fight for decades against larger private schools like Montini, Marian Central, St. Francis, Marmion and now-shuttered...

Steinhaus, Dundee-Crown eye return to playoffs

Aug 23 2014 | 11:40 am - The coach who led Dundee-Crown to the postseason for the first time in 19 years has moved on, but the desire to be a playoff football team remains ingrained. Coach Vito Andriola led the Chargers not only to a 6-4 record and a playoff berth before he...

South Elgin has some firepower

Aug 27 2014 | 2:16 pm - Considering South Elgin coach Pat Pistorio and his staff had little time to prepare the team after being hired in July of 2013, it’s remarkable how close the Storm came to making the playoffs last season. The final record was 3-6, including...

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