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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West Aurora dominates St. Charles East

Dec 02 2016 | 11:04 pm - West Aurora broke open a close game with a big second half in a 57-40 win over St. Charles East Friday night.

Rosenfeldt leads St. Charles East past West Aurora

Dec 02 2016 | 10:30 pm - Sara Rosenfeldt scored 23 points leading St. Charles East’s girls basketball team to a 53-43 win at West Aurora on Friday night.

Sizzling Harvest Christian stifles Westminster Christian

Dec 01 2016 | 10:05 pm - Harvest Christian’s girls basketball team opened Northeastern Athletic Conference play Thursday with a convincing 62-19 win over Westminster Christian.

New members react to DuKane Conference

Dec 01 2016 | 5:21 pm - Coaches and athletic directors from Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles East and St. Charles North share their thoughts about their schools moving to the new DuKane Conference in 2018.

Fedderly steps down at Kaneland

Nov 30 2016 | 8:40 pm - Kaneland football coach Tom Fedderly stepped down after going 73-33 the past 10 years as the Knights head coach.

St. Charles North shoots past Batavia

Nov 29 2016 | 10:20 pm - St. Charles North defeated Batavia 48-39 on Tuesday in girls basketball action.

Hardy’s buzzer-beater stuns St. Charles North

Nov 26 2016 | 10:55 pm - Justin Hardy’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave St. Charles East a 59-58 victory over St. Charles North in the Ron Johnson Thanksgiving tournament championship game.

Burlington Central holds off South Elgin

Nov 25 2016 | 9:21 pm - Burlington Central fought off a South Elgin comeback for a 66-60 win at the Strombom boys basketball tournament

Geneva hits Huntley with early knockout punch

Nov 23 2016 | 4:30 pm - Geneva defeated Huntley 65-23 on Wednesday in boys basketball action.

Kyles sets Larkin’s scoring record

Nov 22 2016 | 9:39 pm - Larkin senior Marlee Kyles set the school’s scoring record Tuesday night in the Royals’ 60-57 win over Belvidere North at the Burlington Central girls basketball Thanksgiving tournament.

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