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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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Batavia’s Frazier reaches 1,000-point milestone

Dec 20 2014 | 4:48 pm - Hannah Frazier walked out of Batavia’s locker room Saturday at Oswego’s Hoops for the Troops with a bucket filled with 1,000 gum balls. It might take awhile for Frazier to chew all that gum— perhaps even longer than it took her...

St. Edward survives Aurora Central Catholic’s charge

Dec 19 2014 | 10:50 pm - Aurora Central Catholic threw everything it had at St. Edward in the fourth quarter Friday — a little full-court pressure, some Mario May down low and a lot of Brett Czerak hitting shots seemingly from the parking lot. St. Edward had an...

Aurora Christian wins 6th straight with team effort

Dec 18 2014 | 10:41 pm - Thursday marked a homecoming of sorts for RD Lutze when Newark visited Aurora Christian, and with the help of his teammates the junior made sure it was a happy one. Lutze, who lives in Lisbon, would have attended Newark. Eagles fans are sure glad...

Aurora Christian loses leading scorer

Dec 16 2014 | 11:21 am - In his first year as head coach at Aurora Christian, Burney Wilkie watched things go about as good as he could have hoped as the Lady Eagles won 7 of their first 9 games.

Aurora Central wins rivalry game over Rosary

Dec 15 2014 | 10:57 pm - The tallest player on Rosary’s roster is listed at 5-foot-9. That’s music to the ears of Aurora Central Catholic Taylor Harazin. The sophomore stands 6-foot-3, one of three Chargers 6-foot or taller.

Geneva’s one-two punch powers past St. Charles East

Dec 13 2014 | 9:41 pm - If the two toughest positions to find in basketball are a star point guard and dominating center, Geneva is sitting in about as pretty as a team can — and not just this year but the next three.

St. Charles East handles Batavia

Dec 12 2014 | 10:56 pm - St. Charles East’s girls basketball team has quite an opportunity Saturday, putting its perfect Upstate Eight Conference River record on the line when it welcomes the River’s other unbeaten team, Geneva, to the Saints’ home...

Balanced St. Charles East runs by Batavia

Dec 11 2014 | 10:55 pm - The numbers told an impressive story for St. Charles East Thursday night in Batavia. A 17-2 lead to start the game. Shooting 52 percent from the field — 50 percent from 3-point range. Ten 3s. Three players in double figure scoring, 11 scoring...

Despite injuries, Geneva keeps rolling along

Dec 10 2014 | 1:40 pm - Geneva welcomed one important piece back to its lineup Saturday night at Batavia.

Freshmen making immediate impact at Geneva, St. Charles East

Dec 10 2014 | 1:30 pm - One of the highlights of every basketball season is seeing the new faces who emerge as impact players. This year is certainly no exception. It hasn’t taken long at all for a couple freshmen to flash their considerable skills for two teams off...

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