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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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Geneva overpowers West Aurora

Aug 30 2014 | 7:13 pm - Rob Wicinski described the relationship between his star quarterback Daniel Santacaterina and star wide receiver Pace Temple as only the glib coach can. “It’s his binky,” Wicinski said of how Santacaterina always can find Temple...

Scouting Tri-Cities area girls volleyball

Aug 30 2014 | 8:52 pm - A preview of the Tri-Cities girls volleyball season

Geneva tops Rosary in season opener

Aug 26 2014 | 10:27 pm - Coming off a history-making season, Geneva’s girls volleyball team looks poised to make even more. The Vikings got their 2014 campaign season started on the right foot Tuesday night in front of their home fans and new coach Annie Seitelman,...

Siesennop pitches CL South past Batavia

Jul 17 2014 | 11:03 pm - With Batavia hoping to see a few more fastballs Thursday in the championship game of the St. Charles East regional in the IHSBCA summer state tournament, Crystal Lake South starter Timmy Siesennop had other ideas.

Rabin one of St. Charles North’s best both on, off field

Jun 12 2014 | 1:30 pm - In his years coaching football, basketball and softball at St. Charles North, not to mention his lifetime of both playing and watching sports in St. Charles, few people have seen the top athletes come and go the last 20-plus years as North Stars...

Marmion’s Troop turns in dominating senior season

Jun 12 2014 | 1:07 pm - Marmion fans spent much of the past few months cheering for senior Alex Troop, a left-handed pitcher who was nearly unhittable in leading the Cadets to another conference championship. Before that, Troop was leading the cheers, watching his...

South Elgin upsets Batavia to win 1st sectional

Jun 07 2014 | 8:51 pm - Facing a pitcher who no-hit them earlier in the year — not to mention a No. 1 seed riding a 24-game winning streak — might seem like a daunting task to most teams. Most teams maybe, but not South Elgin. It’s going to take a lot...

Sycamore tops Kaneland in pitchers’ duel

Jun 04 2014 | 9:31 pm - After throwing four no-hit innings last week in the Class 3A Plano regional, Kaneland sophomore Anthony Holubecki picked up where he left off Wednesday against Sycamore in the Class 3A Rochelle sectional.

Hot-hitting Glenbard North ousts St. Charles North hard

Jun 03 2014 | 10:17 pm - Tom Poulin knows a thing or two about the best softball teams in Illinois, and the St. Charles North coach knew he saw one in the opposite dugout Tuesday afternoon in the Class 4A Bartlett sectional semifinals.

Unlikely heroes lead Kaneland to regional title

May 31 2014 | 5:43 pm - Using the Kaneland baseball team’s lingo, Nick Stahl is known as a “P.O.” — pitcher only. The senior entered the ninth innning of Saturday’s Class 3A Plano regional championship game with exactly one at-bat on the...

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