John Lemon

Tri-Cities High School Sports Coordinator
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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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Wolfe brothers lead Aurora Christian to regional title

Feb 24 2017 | 10:28 pm - Jake Wolfe and Will Wolfe both scored 27 points, leading Aurora Christian to a 73-61 come-from-behind win over Serena on Friday in the championship game of the Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock regional.

Kaneland’s comeback falls short in sectional championship

Feb 23 2017 | 10:16 pm - Kaneland lost 55-51 to Stillman Valley on Thursday in the Class 3A Kaneland sectional championship game.

Kaneland avenges loss, headed to sectional final

Feb 21 2017 | 10:04 pm - Kaneland is back in the sectional finals for the first time since 2012 and only third time in the last 26 years, and the Knights can thank Morgan Weber.

Geneva throttles Wheaton Warrenville South

Feb 20 2017 | 9:52 pm - Geneva broke open the Class 4A Glenbard West sectional semifinal on Monday, going on a 24-0 run to turn a 12-7 game into a 36-7 rout on its way to a 54-33 victory.

Scouting next week’s postseason action in the Fox Valley

Feb 18 2017 | 8:17 pm - Here’s what to expect from the ongoing girls basketball postseason in the Fox Valley.

Kaneland tops Rosary for regional crown

Feb 17 2017 | 10:43 pm - By beating Rosary 51-33 Friday night in the Class 3A IMSA regional championship game, Kaneland advances to its own sectional where it will host Rock Falls in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Wheaton Warrenville South upsets St. Charles East

Feb 16 2017 | 10:22 pm - Wheaton Warrenville South defeated St. Charles East 51-45 Thursday to win the Class 4A St. Charles East regional title.

Sycamore stymies Burlington Central

Feb 15 2017 | 9:37 pm - Burlington Central ran into the combination of a stifling Sycamore defense and a frigid shooting night Wednesday at the Class 3A Wheaton Academy regional. The result was a 33-18 season-ending loss in a game the Rockets shot just 20 percent from the...

Streamwood handles Cary-Grove

Feb 14 2017 | 10:26 pm - Fifth-seed Streamwood never trailed Tuesday in a 60-52 win over No. 4 Cary-Grove in the Class 4A Larkin regional semifinals.

South Elgin outlasts Larkin in overtime

Feb 14 2017 | 10:00 pm - Marlee Kyles turned in one more vintage performance in her final game at Larkin, but it wasn’t enough to stop clutch-shooting and top-seeded South Elgin Tuesday night in the Class 4A Larkin regional semifinals.

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