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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items 1-10 out of 1998

Boys basketball: Previewing the Fox Valley area for 2017-18

Nov 16 2017 | 1:44 pm - Previewing the 2017-18 boys basketball season in the Fox Valley

Scouting the Class 7A semifinal: Batavia at Benet

Nov 17 2017 | 8:27 pm - Previewing the Class 7A state football playoff semifinal between Benet and Batavia.

Batavia comes from behind to dump Lincoln-Way West

Nov 11 2017 | 9:48 pm - Batavia came back from an early 10-0 deficit Saturday to defeat Lincoln-Way West 20-10 in a Class 7A state football quarterfinal playoff game.

Prep Bowl quarterfinal: Scouting St. Ignatius at Marmion

Nov 09 2017 | 6:52 pm - Previewing Friday’s Prep Bowl quarterfinal between Marmion and St. Ignatius.

Class 7A quarterfinal: Scouting Batavia at Lincoln-Way West

Nov 09 2017 | 7:19 pm - Previewing Saturday’s Class 7A quarterfinal football playoff game between Batavia and Lincoln-Way West.

Batavia, Marmion just happy to play another week

Nov 08 2017 | 9:02 pm - A practice countdown hangs in a Batavia High School hallway for all the Bulldogs to see. The five sheets of paper serve as a stark reminder to the finality of November football. The first reads “5 playoff practices left,” followed by...

Batavia tops Wheaton North in OT thriller

Nov 04 2017 | 9:10 pm - Riley Cooper threw a touchdown pass to Eric Peterson in overtime Saturday to lift Batavia to a 20-17 win over Wheaton North in the second round of the Class 7A football playoffs.

St. Charles East excited for chance to play No. 1 Lincoln-Way East

Nov 01 2017 | 8:25 pm - Is it the impossible dream or does host St. Charles East have a realistic shot to upset top seed Lincoln-Way East on Saturday?

Lincoln-Way West hands Jacobs heartbreaking loss

Oct 28 2017 | 9:26 pm - Jacobs fell to Lincoln-Way west 14-7 Saturday in the opening round of the Class 7A football playoffs.

Cary-Grove routs St. Ignatius

Oct 28 2017 | 2:32 am - Cary-Grove opened the Class 6A playoffs Friday night with a 42-14 win at St. Ignatius.

items 1-10 out of 1998

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