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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Geneva makes quick work of Naperville North

Oct 30 2014 | 9:38 pm - Already with one postseason win by the skin of its teeth, Geneva’s volleyball team decided to make things a little easier on their fans — and their coach — Thursday night in the Class 4A Geneva regional championship game.

St. Charles East rallies past Wheaton Warrenville South

Oct 28 2014 | 10:47 pm - St. Charles East might not have wanted a wakeup call starting postseason play Tuesday night at the Class 4A Glenbard South regional, but Wheaton Warrenville South sure delivered one.

West Chicago upsets St. Charles East for regional crown

Oct 24 2014 | 10:33 pm - Trailing upstart, determined West Chicago 1-0 in the second half, St. Charles East pressed harder and harder for the equalizing goal Friday night in the Class 3A St. Charles East regional championship game. That goal never came, thanks to West...

Kaneland blanks Hampshire for regional title

Oct 24 2014 | 10:25 pm - Carl Thorejornson said he has been playing soccer since second grade, which makes the sophomore like most of the players on Kaneland’s newly crowned Class 2A Burlington Central regional championship team. Thorejornson played that soccer in...

Kaneland upends Yorkville to win confernece crown

Oct 23 2014 | 9:42 pm - The long wait is finally over for the Kaneland volleyball team. The Knights traveled to Yorkville Thursday night and avenged their only Northern Illinois Big XII East loss of the season, their 26-24, 25-14 victory giving Kaneland a share of the...

St. Francis sweeps Rosary for 30th win

Oct 22 2014 | 9:38 pm - It takes a lot to impress Peg Kopec, and her St. Francis volleyball program did just that Wednesday night in Aurora. With a 25-15, 25-15 win over Rosary, the Spartans won their 30th game. And that’s not the impressive part, at least not the...

Neuqua Valley rallies by St. Charles North

Oct 21 2014 | 9:48 pm - And to think there’s still one more round to go. Neuqua Valley and St. Charles North met for the second time Tuesday in St. Charles, this time in a matchup between the Upstate Eight Conference Valley champion Wildcats and the North Stars, who...

Batavia maintains bragging rights

Oct 20 2014 | 4:09 pm - Rumors of Batavia’s demise turned out to be greatly exaggerated. OK, so maybe nobody was predicting doom and gloom, but there was a certain expectation after graduating much of the Bulldogs’ 2013 state championship team that 2014 could...

Batavia picks off Geneva

Oct 18 2014 | 5:17 am - Nick Bernabei and the rest of his senior class have been dreaming of Geneva since they were kids, a staple for every little Batavia boy who grows up a Bulldog. Even the wildest and happiest of those dreams couldn’t have matched the script...

UEC bragging rights on line Saturday

Oct 15 2014 | 1:53 pm - It’s getting to be the fun time of the cross country season — something the Batavia Bulldogs remember quite well. The Bulldogs certainly had fun late last year, qualifying for state for the first time and giving retiring coach Mike...

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