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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Softball: Geneva’s Keller completes record-setting career

Jun 07 2018 | 11:22 am - Geneva’s Katie Keller is the Honorary Captain of the 2018 Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area Softball Team.

Softball: Kaneland crushes Vernon Hills to reach state

Jun 04 2018 | 9:24 pm - Kaneland’s softball team scored 9 runs in the sixth inning to finish off an 11-1 win over Vernon Hills and win the Class 3A Kaneland supersectional Monday.

Softball: St. Charles North squeezes past Fremd

Jun 02 2018 | 3:59 pm - St. Charles North’s softball team scored the only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning for a 1-0 win over Fremd in the Class 4A Fremd sectional championship game Saturday.

Softball: Kaneland KOs 29-2 Sterling

May 31 2018 | 9:11 pm - Rose Roach hit a pair of solo home runs and Hannah Theobald drilled a grand slam as Kaneland’s softball team beat Sterling 6-2 Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 3A Marengo sectional.

Softball: St. Charles North ousts St. Charles East again

May 29 2018 | 9:15 pm - St. Charles North’s softball team avenged a pair of regular season losses to defeat St. Charles East 7-4 on Tuesday at the Class 4A Fremd sectional.

Softball: Oswego East’s sister act sinks Batavia

May 26 2018 | 1:53 pm - Batavia’s softball season came to an end Saturday with a 6-2 loss to Oswego East in the championship game of the Class 4A Oswego East regional.

Girls soccer: Big 2nd half sends Burlington Central to sectional crown

May 25 2018 | 8:32 pm - Burlington Central’s girls soccer team scored twice in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and defeat Crystal Lake South Friday to win the Class 2A Rochelle sectional.

Softball: Ruggles, Dundee-Crown silence Jacobs

May 24 2018 | 9:16 pm - Sydney Ruggles threw a 3-hit shutout leading Dundee-Crown’s softball team to a 1-0 win over Jacobs Thursday.

Boys volleyball: St. Charles North tops Wheaton North for regional crown

May 23 2018 | 8:53 pm - St. Charles North’s boys volleyball team defeated Wheaton North 25-20, 25-23 Wednesday to win the St. Charles North regional championship.

Softball: Schaumburg knocks out Larkin

May 22 2018 | 8:12 pm - Schaumburg’s softball team defeated Larkin 15-4 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Class 4A Schaumburg regional.

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