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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Scouting Tri-Cities area boys volleyball

Mar 27 2015 | 10:39 pm - Here's what to expect from the boys volleyball teams in the Tri-Cities area this season.

First-rate memories from fourth-place finish for Geneva

Mar 21 2015 | 9:52 pm - Geneva's boys basketball team gave its fans an unforgettable ride this winter, the journey ending this weekend with the Vikings’ first trip to the state tournament in 52 years. The Vikings finally ran out of gas, according to coach Phil...

State basketball finals to remain in Peoria, Normal

Mar 21 2015 | 7:42 pm - The Illinois High School Association board of directors voted Saturday to renew the current state final basketball contracts at Carver Arena in Peoria for boys and at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena in Normal for girls. The new...

Normal’s putback sinks Geneva

Mar 21 2015 | 12:02 am - For a team that has beaten opponents on the backboard all year, Friday’s Class 4A boys basketball state semifinal at Carver Arena in Peoria couldn’t have ended in more heartbreaking or ironic fashion for Geneva. Alex Peacock’s...

Geneva’s dream season one for the memory books

Mar 23 2015 | 9:49 pm - PEORIA — On Saturday afternoon in Peoria, less than 24 hours after a 38-36 last-second loss to Normal Community in the Class 4A state semifinals, Geneva coach Phil Ralston put the Vikings through their last practice of the season. That was...

Tri-Cities area baseball previews

Mar 19 2015 | 3:31 pm - Here's what to expect from the high school baseball teams of the Tri-Cities area this spring.

Tri-Cities area softball preview

Mar 19 2015 | 3:31 pm - Preview of the 2015 Tri-Cities area softball season.

West Aurora edges Hinsdale Central for sectional crown

Mar 14 2015 | 6:35 am - West Aurora senior Roland Griffin talked the talk before Friday night's Class 4A East Aurora sectional championship game against Hinsdale Central and star center Matt Rafferty. Griffin then went out and backed up the talk — and then some.

Geneva stymies Rockford Jefferson

Mar 11 2015 | 11:06 pm - After putting 73 points on the scoreboard to win a thrilling regional final Friday, it was the points Geneva didn’t allow Rockford Jefferson that keyed the Vikings’ sectional victory Wednesday night at DeKalb.

Marengo ends Aurora Central Catholic's surprise run

Mar 11 2015 | 8:33 am - It's not often Aurora Central Catholic plays a team that likes the 3-point shot as much as it does, but the Chargers found their match Tuesday night in the Class 3A Rochelle sectional semifinals. Aurora Central fired away like always, draining 11...

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