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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Cross country: Jacobs boys, Batavia girls take Flyin’ Hawk titles

Sep 23 2017 | 7:38 pm - The Jacobs boys team and Batavia girls team won their respective races Saturday at Bartlett’s Flyin’ Hawk Invitational.

Johnsburg dominates short-handed Burlington Central

Sep 22 2017 | 11:07 pm - Coming to Rocket Hill Friday night at 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in the state after last year’s runner-up state finish in Class 4A, Johnsburg certainly didn’t need any extra help.
But Burlington Central gave the Skyhawks plenty.

Girls volleyball: Batavia blows by South Elgin

Sep 21 2017 | 8:55 pm - Batavia’s girls volleyball team defeated South Elgin 25-18, 25-17 Thursday night in Batavia.

Girls volleyball: Jacobs tops Dundee-Crown for 1st FVC win

Sep 19 2017 | 9:59 pm - The Jacobs girls volleyball team picked its first Fox Valley Conference win Tuesday night over Dundee-Crown.

Girls basketball: Mello steps down at Bartlett

Sep 18 2017 | 9:36 pm - Dave Mello has stepped down after coaching the Bartlett girls basketball team the past two years.

Cross country: Kaneland’s Richtmans sweep Eddington titles

Sep 16 2017 | 8:11 pm - Kaneland’s Matt and Rachel Richtman won the varsity boys and girls races Saturday at the 48th annual Larry Eddington Invitational.

Huntley puts away Hampshire

Sep 15 2017 | 11:24 pm - Melvin Aninagyei-Bonsu ran for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns and quarterback Eric Mooney threw for two scores and ran for three more, leading Huntley to a 56-14 win over Hampshire in front of a huge Homecoming crowd.

Boys soccer: Lagioia’s late goal lifts St. Charles North over Streamwood

Sep 14 2017 | 9:43 pm - Vito Lagioia headed in the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left, giving St. Charles North’s boys soccer team a 2-1 win over Streamwood Thursday in the semifinals of the PepsiCo Showdown at Millennium Field.

Girls volleyball: Undefeated Huntley won’t be left behind

Sep 13 2017 | 8:57 pm - A pair of left-handed hitters have helped Huntley’s girls volleyball team get off to a 6-0 start this season.

Girls volleyball: St. Charles East bounces back, beats Batavia

Sep 12 2017 | 9:25 pm - St. Charles East’s girls volleyball team snapped a two-match losing streak with a 25-19, 25-8 victory over Batavia on Tuesday.

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