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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 East feels right at home at Geneva

Jan 31 2015 | 9:24 pm - St. Charles East got just about everything it wanted from its trip to Geneva for a Saturday afternoon matinee.

St. Charles East strikes fast against Batavia

Jan 30 2015 | 10:53 pm - St. Charles East did a bit of a 180 Friday night on that old saying about only needing to watch the final two minutes of an NBA game. For the high-flying Saints, it was the first two minutes that was all you needed to see to know it was going to be...

Aurora Christian rallies by Rosary

Jan 29 2015 | 10:31 pm - When your coach refers to you as “the best rebounder in the state,” the standard is set pretty high for Aurora Christian senior Natasha Brown. She’s hitting that standard — and then some. Brown, who surpassed 1,000 career...

Aurora Central rallies to give Fitzgerald 100th win

Jan 27 2015 | 10:46 pm - With a 3-23 record in his first year as Aurora Central Catholic coach, it hasn’t always been easy for Mark Fitzgerald in his journey to 100 career wins. Fittingly then, his Chargers didn’t make that 100th win come easy Tuesday night in...

St. Charles East stuns Geneva

Jan 25 2015 | 9:15 am - Geneva’s girls basketball team loses so rarely at home that there’s truth to the cliché that it’s going to take a career night to beat them. St. Charles East did just that Saturday in the Mack Olson gym, getting not one but two...

Geneva’s inside-outside game sinks Batavia

Jan 22 2015 | 9:32 pm - From the time Janie McCloughan went down with a concussion late in Geneva’s fifth game of the season, it’s been a familiar struggle for the Vikings to get their entire lineup on the court. From McCloughan to Grace Loberg to Abby Novak...

Three Tri-Cities players make college decisions

Jan 21 2015 | 6:48 pm - A trio of softball players from Tri-Cities schools recently committed to Division I schools.

Glenbard South handles Aurora Central Catholic again

Jan 20 2015 | 10:35 pm - After losing to Glenbard South earlier this season, Aurora Central Catholic coach Mark Fitzgerald said he was looking forward to playing the Raiders a second time. Fitzgerald was singing a different tune Tuesday night. “Well you know...

Geneva tops St. Charles N. in offensive struggle

Jan 17 2015 | 12:18 am - You could watch Geneva and St. Charles North play all season and not see what both teams did Friday again. And you wouldn't want to. “God that was an ugly game,” Phil Ralston said. And he was the winning coach.

Geneva again survives St. Charles North’s comeback

Jan 16 2015 | 11:16 pm - That’s two Geneva-St. Charles North thrillers, two games both decided by two points — and much to the chagrin of the North Stars, two Viking victories.

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