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: Keller kills it as Geneva’s tone-setter

Jun 08 2017 | 12:23 pm - Geneva junior Katie Keller is the Honorary Captain of the 2017 Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area softball team.

Softball: Marist ends West Aurora’s best season

Jun 05 2017 | 9:37 pm - West Aurora’s softball season came to an end Monday with a 4-1 loss to Marist in the Class 4A Sandburg supersectional.

Softball: St. Charles North slams St. Charles East

Jun 02 2017 | 9:48 pm - St. Charles North’s softball team jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back in an 11-2 victory over St. Charles East on Friday to win the Class 4A St. Charles East sectional championship.

Geneva’s Loberg wins Fox Valley Female Athlete of the Year

Jun 09 2017 | 11:47 pm - Geneva senior Grace Loberg is this year’s Fox Valley Female Athlete of the Year.

Softball: Marengo’s big inning sinks Kaneland

Jun 01 2017 | 9:23 pm - Kaneland’s softball team gave up 5 runs in the fourth inning that turned out to be the difference in a 5-1 Marengo win Thursday in the Class 3A Sterling sectional championship game.

Softball: St. Charles North stays hot, knocks out Conant

May 31 2017 | 8:36 pm - St. Charles North’s softball team continued its late-season charge with a 5-2 win over Conant on Wednesday in the Class 4A St. Charles East sectional semifinals.

Softball: Red-hot St. Charles East powers past Elk Grove

May 30 2017 | 9:41 pm - St. Charles East’s softball team shut out Elk Grove 12-0 on Tuesday in the Class 4A St. Charles East semifinals.

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.

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