Joe Aguilar

Lake County High School Sports Coordinator
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Joe Aguilar joined the Daily Herald as an assistant high school sports editor, serving as its first Lake County sports coordinator, in January 2001. He oversees our daily prep sports coverage in Lake County, assigning reporters and photographers to games, in addition to editing copy and writing game stories and columns. Joe anchors our prep football Web videos. Since 2006, he has been part of our Chicago Bears coverage and has made frequent television guest appearances on ABC 7's morning news shows.

Joe has covered professional golf, including multiple PGA Championship and U.S. Open tournaments, as well as the 2009 Solheim Cup, the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals and assisted with Cubs and White Sox games. He also lived the dream of skating in Wrigley Field in advance of covering the 2009 Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. In 2009, he served as a guest speaker at the University of Missouri during National Hispanic Month.

A native of Chicago and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, he grew up in Mundelein and attended Mundelein High School. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with a major in communications. He began his professional career as a radio sportscaster before embarking on his sports-writing career with the Waukegan News-Sun. He worked 11 years, including five as an assistant sports editor, for Pioneer Press Newspapers before joining the Daily Herald.

Joe and his family live in McHenry.

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Complete effort helps Antioch stop Moline

Sep 04 2015 | 11:49 pm - Dan Meade hobbled out of Antioch’s stadium at halftime using crutches, leaving behind his white left football cleat, which rested alone on a trainers table. Meade and his teammates were determined to leave it all on the field in their home...

Girls swimming: Scouting Lake County

Sep 03 2015 | 2:57 pm - Here's what to expect from the high school girls swimming teams on Lake County this fall.

Sparkling effort as Libertyville handles Elk Grove

Aug 29 2015 | 12:17 am - Quarterback Riley Lees displayed some opening-night awesomeness in Libertyville’s 55-28 football win over visiting Elk Grove on Friday night. The Northwestern recruit rushed for 307 yards and 6 touchdowns and also completed 10 of 18 passes...

Grayslake North’s Gentile to miss season after torn ACL

Aug 25 2015 | 8:57 pm - If Grayslake North’s football team is going to win its third Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship in four years this season, it will have to do it without quarterback Merrick Gentile.

Boys golf: Scouting Lake County

Aug 22 2015 | 7:23 pm - Here's what to expect from the high school boys golf teams of Lake County this fall.

Girls golf: Scouting Lake County

Aug 21 2015 | 10:14 pm - Here's what to expect from the girls golf teams of Lake County in the 2015 season.

Mundelein Mustangs expect stronger passing game this year

Aug 26 2015 | 3:28 pm - Coming off an 0-9 season, Mundelein's coach is planning a more upbeat season this year with a better throwing game. “I’m a multiple-spread offense," said Larry Calhoun.

Warren expects big results from big wide-receiver

Aug 26 2015 | 3:29 pm - Keep an eye on Warren's super-talented sophomore Micah Jones, who is 6’4” and growing, and already has scholarship offers from Iowa, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, even though he played sophomore football last year.

Libertyville’s quarterback, defensive end worth watching

Aug 26 2015 | 3:23 pm - Considering its Big Ten-bound, all-state quarterback is back, as well as the basketball-center-sized, athletic defensive end, Libertyville’s football team can’t hide. “We’re just trying to be on the down low. Which...

Lake Zurich Bears homing in on redemption

Aug 26 2015 | 5:38 pm - The Lake Zurich Bears have work to do, especially since they open the season with three road games. Their new stadium isn't expected to be ready until Sept. 18. “Traveling circus,” coach David Proffitt joked.

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