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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Newcomers help Batavia edge Wheaton Academy

Aug 26 2015 | 9:32 pm - With two freshmen among the newcomers in an inexperienced Batavia starting lineup, Lori Trippi-Payne said to expect some ups and down in her 29th year as Bulldogs coach.

St. Charles East rallies late, beats Wheaton North

Aug 25 2015 | 9:34 pm - It’s tough to find a better atmosphere to watch girls volleyball than St. Charles East, and the Saints’ home opener Tuesday had it all — a big crowd, fans of both teams singing along to “Sweet Caroline,” a tense...

Gutesha takes over at St. Charles East

Aug 24 2015 | 3:06 pm - St. Charles East didn’t have to look far to find a replacement for softball coach Kelly Horan. Jarod Gutesha, who assisted Horan the last seven years, was named the new coach on Aug. 21.

St. Charles East falls in Lawler semifinals

Jul 22 2015 | 10:58 pm - St. Charles East learned a lot about itself this summer in reaching the semifinals of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic — both in victory and defeat. Lincoln-Way North ended the Saints’ run Wednesday night at Benedictine University,...

Benet, Christensen stymie St. Charles East

Jul 21 2015 | 1:35 pm - Benet senior Joey Christensen broke his right thumb sliding into home plate during a travel baseball game over the weekend. Good thing for the Redwings that he’s left-handed. Christensen dominated St. Charles East Tuesday morning, throwing a...

St. Charles East stuns Libertyville with 6-run seventh

Jul 20 2015 | 5:32 pm - St. Charles East senior shortstop Jimmy Dale made the most of his second chance Monday in the opening game of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic state tournament at North Central College.

St. Charles East completes shutout over Waubonsie

Jul 17 2015 | 1:35 pm - When Steve Podany was a freshman at St. Charles East two years ago, he sat in the stands at the state baseball tournament and watched the Saints lose in the Class 4A semifinals to Libertyville. Now a senior to be, Podany is going to get a chance to...

Rain shortens Saints’ regional title game

Jul 16 2015 | 10:30 pm - St. Charles East and Waubonsie Valley will continue their baseball regional championship game at 11 a.m. Friday after rains shortened Thursday’s contest of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

St. Charles East tops rival, reaches regional final

Jul 15 2015 | 8:42 pm - St. Charles East had a chance to do more than advance to a regional final when it hosted St. Charles North Wednesday in the regional semifinals of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

Kaneland ready for tough test from Marengo

Jun 11 2015 | 1:04 pm - Kaneland’s road to the state softball tournament — for just the second in school history — has been filled with timely hitting and outstanding pitching and defense. Perhaps the only thing missing has been drama.

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