Fittest loser

John Lemon

Tri-Cities High School Sports Coordinator
  • Phone(630) 955-3517

John Lemon was named Tri-Cities High School Sports Coordinator in July 2003. He is responsible for covering Batavia, Elburn, Geneva, North Aurora, St. Charles and Sugar Grove. Lemon organizes a staff of freelance writers, works with photographers, decides which games will be covered and photographed, designs the Local Sports pages each night, edits stories and covers a variety of high school sports with columns, features and game stories.

In addition, Lemon has assisted with coverage of college football, Cubs, White Sox, Bears and Bulls. While he has covered many memorable sporting events, Lemon's favorite part of the job is getting to know high school coaches, parents, athletes and fans in the community and chronicling all the accomplishments of the area's tremendous teams and student-athletes.

Lemon previously held the same position overseeing DuPage County sports. He started at the Daily Herald as a freelancer in 1995. Lemon also worked at Press-Republican newspapers in St. Charles from 1995-1998 where he first grew to love the passion the Tri-Cities communities have for supporting high school athletics.

Lemon graduated from the University of Illinois in 1994 with a journalism major. He worked as sports editor of the Daily Illini and covered the men's basketball team for two years, among other positions at the student paper.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., and raised in Monmouth, Ill., Lemon now lives in Aurora.

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Waubonsie Valley edges Geneva again

Apr 16 2014 | 9:37 pm - Waubonsie Valley’s 6-5 win over Geneva Wednesday marked the third straight year the Warriors beat the Vikings by a run in their Upstate Eight Conference crossover matchup.

Wright, St. Charles N. pick off Neuqua Valley

Apr 11 2014 | 9:32 pm - Neuqua Valley did a pretty good job getting on base against St. Charles North junior left-hander Cory Wright Friday in St. Charles. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Kansas State-bound Wright did an even better job picking them off.

Neuqua Valley quiets Batavia’s bats

Apr 09 2014 | 9:33 pm - Batavia pitchers Alyssa Klemm and Rachael Lovestrand held Neuqua Valley to one run over the final five innings Wednesday in Batavia, but by then the Wildcats had given their pitcher Kristin Catalano all the offense she would need. The Wildcats...

Geneva wins emotional one for coach Hahn’s son

Apr 09 2014 | 6:13 am - Jack Wassel’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh completed Geneva’s 4-3 comeback win over Neuqua Valley Tuesday and capped not only a rally from a 3-0 deficit but an emotional day for the entire program.

Glenbard North takes title at West Aurora

Apr 05 2014 | 7:34 pm - A little match experience? Who needs that? Not Glenbard North. A scheduling mix-up forced the Panthers’ only game before Saturday’s West Aurora Tournament to be called off. That meant Dedra DeBenedetti’s club would be making its...

West Aurora surprises St. Charles East

Apr 04 2014 | 7:56 pm - If West Aurora was looking to build momentum heading into its 2014 spring season, the Blackhawks couldn’t have asked for much more than they got sweeping a doubleheader Friday at St. Charles East. Spotting the defending Class 4A state...

Acosta, Batavia strike down Kaneland

Mar 31 2014 | 5:49 pm - Batavia was supposed to play Sycamore Monday morning to open what promises to be a banner spring for the school’s baseball team.

Scouting Tri-Cities area boys volleyball

Mar 27 2014 | 4:15 pm - Preview of Tri-Cities area boys volleyball

Scouting Tri-Cities area boys tennis

Mar 27 2014 | 4:16 pm - Preview of Tri-Cities area boys tennis

Scouting Tri-Cities area softball

Mar 20 2014 | 5:00 pm - Scouting the softball season ahead from the perspective of teams in the Tri-Cities area.

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