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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Girls volleyball: Blahnik takes over at Burlington Central

Apr 29 2016 | 8:57 pm - Burlington Central announced Meghan Blahnik will take over for Marv Leavitt as the school’s head girls volleyball coach.

Baseball: Kaneland completes sweep of Sycamore

Apr 28 2016 | 9:18 pm - Kaneland’s bats stayed hot in a 9-3 win over Sycamore on Thursday, giving the Knights a sweep of the 3-game series.

Softball: Batavia surprises Geneva

Apr 26 2016 | 9:08 pm - Batavia overcame 5 errors to defeat Geneva 7-3 on Tuesday in softball action.

Softball: St. Francis wins slugfest over St. Edward

Apr 22 2016 | 8:49 pm - Shelby Winkelman blasted a pair of home runs for St. Francis in a 9-7 win over St. Edward on Friday.

Softball: Grayslake Central’s Radke nearly no-hits Hampshire

Apr 21 2016 | 9:21 pm - Grayslake Central junior Reagen Radke came within 1 strike of throwing a no-hitter in a 5-3 win over Hampshire on Thursday.

Girls volleyball: Bui takes over at Harvest Christian

Apr 20 2016 | 6:24 pm - Harvest Christian has hired St. Charles East assistant Mike Bui to be its new girls volleyball coach.

Softball: Allen happy to be back in high school game at Hampshire

Apr 20 2016 | 6:26 pm - When first-year Hampshire softball coach Kelly Wasilewski was seeking an assistant varsity coach, she didn’t have to look far to find a familiar face looking to get back into the high school game. Cray Allen, a veteran of the high school,...

Baseball: Breidigan, St. Charles East best Batavia

Apr 19 2016 | 9:15 pm - St. Charles East’s baseball team defeated Batavia 9-2 on Tuesday in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action.

Softball: St. Charles North crushes Batavia

Apr 19 2016 | 9:52 pm - St. Charles North blasted 3 home runs in a 15-2 Upstate Eight River win Tuesday at Batavia.

Baseball: Fick’s hit lifts St. Charles North over Batavia

Apr 18 2016 | 8:49 pm - Zach Fick’s 2-run single in the bottom of the sixth gave St. Charles North a 6-4 win over Batavia in baseball action Monday.

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