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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St. Francis sweeps Rosary for 30th win

Oct 22 2014 | 9:38 pm - It takes a lot to impress Peg Kopec, and her St. Francis volleyball program did just that Wednesday night in Aurora. With a 25-15, 25-15 win over Rosary, the Spartans won their 30th game. And that’s not the impressive part, at least not the...

Neuqua Valley rallies by St. Charles North

Oct 21 2014 | 9:48 pm - And to think there’s still one more round to go. Neuqua Valley and St. Charles North met for the second time Tuesday in St. Charles, this time in a matchup between the Upstate Eight Conference Valley champion Wildcats and the North Stars, who...

Batavia maintains bragging rights

Oct 20 2014 | 4:09 pm - Rumors of Batavia’s demise turned out to be greatly exaggerated. OK, so maybe nobody was predicting doom and gloom, but there was a certain expectation after graduating much of the Bulldogs’ 2013 state championship team that 2014 could...

Batavia picks off Geneva

Oct 18 2014 | 5:17 am - Nick Bernabei and the rest of his senior class have been dreaming of Geneva since they were kids, a staple for every little Batavia boy who grows up a Bulldog. Even the wildest and happiest of those dreams couldn’t have matched the script...

UEC bragging rights on line Saturday

Oct 15 2014 | 1:53 pm - It’s getting to be the fun time of the cross country season — something the Batavia Bulldogs remember quite well. The Bulldogs certainly had fun late last year, qualifying for state for the first time and giving retiring coach Mike...

St. Charles North’s win creates 3-way River tie

Oct 14 2014 | 9:48 pm - St. Charles North coach Lindsey Hawkins felt her team turned a corner over the weekend taking second place at the Schaumburg Saxon Invitational. That progress was on display for all of St. Charles to see on Volley for the Cure night Tuesday. In...

Neuqua Valley races to Stampede crown

Oct 11 2014 | 3:24 pm - For much of the West Aurora Stampede Saturday at Stuart Sports Complex in Aurora, Streamwood senior Gabby Juarez looked around and didn’t see anyone in sight. That was both a good thing — Juarez won the 14-team invite in 17:32, 17...

WW South’s Cepeda takes Stampede title

Oct 11 2014 | 3:17 pm - Batavia coaches had a plan for Patrick Redmond Saturday at the West Aurora Stampede, but the senior had his own ideas. Redmond went out at lightning quick pace and was able to keep it up, running a career-best time of 15:28 to take third while...

Glenbard South stymies Aurora Central Catholic

Oct 10 2014 | 11:53 pm - Glenbard South’s offense played far from a perfect game Friday night at Aurora Central Catholic. Fortunately for the Raiders, their defense nearly did.

Wicinski era winding down at Geneva — for volleyball

Oct 08 2014 | 3:48 pm - Any senior playing in their final few matches of their high school career is going to be filled with plenty of mixed emotions this time of year. Geneva senior Kelsey Wicinski is certainly no exception.

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