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. Charles North upsets Jacobs in OT

Feb 09 2016 | 10:22 pm - St. Charles North surprised Jacobs 53-46 in overtime in boys basketball action Tuesday night.

Aurora Central Catholic throttles Plano

Feb 08 2016 | 9:57 pm - Four players scored in double figures in Aurora Central Catholic’s 61-41 win over Plano on Monday night.

Previewing the Class 1-2A postseason in the Fox Valley

Feb 06 2016 | 10:22 pm - Previewing the Class 1A and 2A girls basketball postseason in the Fox Valley

Geneva stymies Burlington Central in 4th quarter

Feb 06 2016 | 10:15 pm - Geneva held Burlington Central to 2 points in the fourth quarter for a 43-37 win Saturday at the Kaneland Shootout.

Batavia stuns Geneva on Orman's buzzer-beater

Feb 05 2016 | 10:27 pm - Bethany Orman’s buzzer-beater lifted Batavia to a 57-56 win over Geneva Friday night, tying the Bulldogs for the Upstate Eight Conference River Division lead.

Geneva hands Batavia 1st UEC loss

Feb 05 2016 | 10:59 pm - Geneva held Batavia to 25 percent shooting in a 52-38 victory Friday, giving the Bulldogs their first Upstate Eight Conference River Division loss.

Bartlett’s resurgence starts with defense

Feb 04 2016 | 5:20 pm - Dave Mello knew when he took over the Bartlett girls basketball program from retired longtime coach Denise Sarna that he had some talent to work with. Now, after a somewhat slow start to the season, the Hawks are on a 9-game winning streak.

Aurora Christian snaps Wheaton Academy’s streak

Feb 02 2016 | 10:00 pm - Aurora Christian defeated Wheaton Academy 44-41 on Tuesday to end a 13-game losing streak to the Warriors.

Senior night extra special for Galbato, Aurora Christian

Feb 01 2016 | 10:43 pm - Aurora Christian celebrated senior night with a 61-30 win over Christian Liberty Monday night.

Ford’s buzzer-beater stuns St. Charles North

Jan 30 2016 | 10:35 pm - J.T. Ford nailed a 12-foot jumper at the buzzer giving St. Charles East a 46-45 victory over St. Charles North Saturday night.

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