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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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Iowa pitchers ready to contribute to Cubs

Jul 21 2014 | 9:26 pm - The I-Cubs are in healthy shape, atop the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division with a 54-47 record through Sunday. Starting pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada made the all-star team, while Dallas Beeler, and lefties Chris...

Cubs prospects Bryant, Baez focus on the present

Jul 18 2014 | 5:25 pm - Marty Pevey, manager of the Class AAA Iowa Cubs, understands the task at hand with top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. “My job is to not mess them up — just let them play and let them do their thing,” he said. Of course,...

Manny Ramirez enjoying his new life with Iowa Cubs

Jul 16 2014 | 2:35 pm - All Manny Ramirez wants now is to help future Cubs and be around the game he loves, even if it’s under a hot sun at a minor-league park in the middle of Iowa. “I knew how to have fun when I was in the big leagues, and I know how to have...

Alcantara impresses Cubs with his speed, power

Jul 12 2014 | 3:32 pm - While former No. 1 draft picks Kris Bryant and Javier Baez wait for their chance to be called up to the Cubs from Class AAA Iowa, former I-Cubs teammate Arismendy Alcantara has been playing big in his first big-league shot. And his Iowa manager...

Grayslake North’s Booker to rush for Indiana

Jul 04 2014 | 1:12 am - With a bit of LeBron James enthusiasm, Grayslake North incoming senior Titus Booker made his “decision” Thursday, announcing on Twitter where he plans to play college football: Indiana.

Hawks deal, grab Schmaltz

Jun 27 2014 | 11:58 pm - After missing out on Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, the Blackhawks still ventured north of the border to acquire a center Friday.
North of the Illinois border, that is.

Stevenson’s Green plans to don Northwestern purple

Jun 25 2014 | 10:08 am - Cameron Green will trade his green for purple. Sporting a gray Northwestern T-shirt, purple Northwestern cap and wide smile, the Stevenson incoming senior posted a picture on Twitter on Friday announcing his college choice. “Blessed to have...

Forgettable — and unforgettable — finale for Grayslake Central

Jun 14 2014 | 7:51 pm - Grayslake Central’s baseball team won’t remember the mere 2 hits it mustered against Metamora in its final game. The Rams won’t remember Metamora’s 7-run sixth, which turned Saturday morning’s Class 3A third-place...

Felicelli was quite a catch for Carmel

Jun 13 2014 | 8:18 pm - For the second year in a row, Carmel Catholic's Kathleen Felicelli is the Daily Herald’s Lake County female athlete of the year. All did she during her senior year was advance to state with tennis doubles partner Michelle Kannenberg, lead...

Carmel’s Behan breaks through with 18-homer season

Jun 12 2014 | 1:11 pm - Carmel's Jenny Behan delivered 18 homers, making a compelling case for herself as captain of the Daily Herald's softball all-area team for Lake County.

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