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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Strong 4th quarter carries Geneva over St. Charles East

Jan 21 2017 | 9:40 pm - Geneva improved to 22-0 with a 58-47 win at St. Charles East Saturday.

Batavia shakes off slow start, beats St. Charles North

Jan 20 2017 | 10:40 pm - In the third quarter Batavia’s shots finally started dropping in a 51-38 victory over St. Charles North.

St. Charles North survives Batavia’s upset bid

Jan 20 2017 | 10:09 pm - St. Charles North escaped with a 37-35 win over Batavia that keeps the North Stars a game behind St. Charles East and Geneva in the River race.

Hampshire overcomes slow start, tops Jacobs

Jan 18 2017 | 10:13 pm - The lid finally came off the basket for Hampshire’s girls basketball team late in the third quarter and then in the fourth in a 37-33 win over Jacobs.

‘Shoot for Scott’ a huge success at St. Charles East

Jan 18 2017 | 3:55 pm - St. Charles East girls basketball coach Lori Drumtra can remember the first time she met Scott Munroe, the father of the Saints’ senior point guard Sam Munroe.

Yorkville handles Kaneland again

Jan 17 2017 | 10:08 pm - Kaneland lost to Northern Illinois Big XII leader for a second time this season, 67-49 on Tuesday night.

St. Charles East shoots for Scott, beats Batavia

Jan 13 2017 | 10:12 pm - With its school closed Tuesday and Wednesday and not being able to practice, St. Charles East shook off some rust in a 56-41 win over Batavia on Friday.

St. Charles East holds off Batavia

Jan 13 2017 | 10:41 pm - St. Charles East held off Batavia 53-48 on Friday for a hard-fought Upstate Eight Conference River Division win.

Rosary stifles DePaul

Jan 12 2017 | 9:58 pm - Rosary accomplished a couple goals Thursday night when it hosted DePaul Prep in GCAC White action in Aurora.

Huntley comes from 14 down to beat Hampshire

Jan 11 2017 | 10:20 pm - Huntley’s boys basketball team rallied from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Hampshire 60-57 Wednesday night.

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