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: Barrington blanks Dundee-Crown to claim regional crown

May 27 2017 | 8:12 pm - Barrington junior Catherine McMahon tossed a 5-hit shutout, leading the Fillies softball team to a 2-0 win over Dundee-Crown on Saturday in the Class 4A Hampshire regional championship game.

Softball: Ruggles, Dundee-Crown handcuff Hampshire

May 25 2017 | 9:15 pm - Dundee-Crown junior Sydney Ruggles baffled the Hampshire softball team Thursday in the Class 4A Hampshire regional semifinals, holding the Whip-Purs to 4 singles in a nail-biting 1-0 win.

Softball: Kraemer blasts Kaneland past ACC

May 24 2017 | 6:19 pm - Kaneland’s softball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Aurora Central Catholic 6-3 on Wednesday in the Class 3A Kaneland regional semifinals.

Softball: Aurora Central leads Kaneland in suspended game

May 23 2017 | 6:33 pm - Kaneland’s softball team tried to squeeze in its regional opener Tuesday between showers, but that decision didn’t work out well for the Knights.

Softball: Streamwood ousts Elgin

May 22 2017 | 8:42 pm - Streamwood’s patient approach paid off Monday in a 9-3 win over Elgin in a play-in game of the Class 4A Elk Grove softball regional.

Softball: Scouting Fox Valley Class 4A and 3A postseason

May 20 2017 | 8:15 pm - Here’s a look at the Class 3A and 4A softball postseason in the Fox Valley area.

Girls soccer: Fast start sends Sycamore past Kaneland

May 19 2017 | 9:45 pm - Sycamore ended the Kaneland girls soccer team’s season with a 4-0 victory Thursday in the Class 2A Sycamore regional championship game.

Softball: Kramer’s slam keeps Geneva’s streak alive

May 18 2017 | 9:29 pm - Alyssa Kramer’s grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie and gave Geneva’s softball team an 8-4 win over Batavia Thursday.

Girls soccer: Kaneland handles elements, Sterling

May 17 2017 | 8:36 pm - Kaneland’s girls soccer team defeated Sterling 2-1 on Wednesday at the Class 2A Sycamore regional.

Softball: Geneva clinches 1st conference crown

May 12 2017 | 8:51 pm - Annika Radabaugh gave the Geneva softball team its first conference championship in dramatic fashion Friday, hitting a 2-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-4 win over St. Charles East.

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