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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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Players aren't the only ones tested on Opening Night

Aug 28 2014 | 8:20 pm - Keeping track of the finer statistical details of a high school football game is almost a sport unto itself.

Friendly rivalry growing between VH, LZ

Aug 27 2014 | 10:04 pm - Vernon Hills and Lake Zurich might be playing each other every year once the North Suburban Conference unveils its new look starting in the 2016-17 school year. In the meantime, a friendly rivalry might have already started.

Boys golf / Scouting Lake County

Aug 23 2014 | 11:02 pm - Here's what to expect from the boys golf teams of Lake County this fall.

Vernon Hills still young

Aug 22 2014 | 10:19 pm - [No Paragraph Style]NewsOn the day a national news story broke regarding academic fraud with the University of Notre Dame’s football team, a TV helicopter hovered over Vernon Hills’ Rust-Oleum Field. TV personnel parked their vans,...

Lakes has plenty of experience to work with

Aug 22 2014 | 10:09 pm - The reloading process is underway. It’s nearing its 11th month, actually. When star quarterback T.J. Edwards went down last season with an injury, while his football team was in the midst of another undefeated run through its division, Lakes...

Tall task ahead for Andriola, Grant

Aug 22 2014 | 10:10 pm - A rainy day provided Vito Andriola a ray of sunshine. Under the bright lights of Grant’s old varsity gym, the school’s new head football coach saw bright spots. While the Bulldogs scrimmaged using half the gym, other players practiced...

Round Lake hopes faster means better

Aug 22 2014 | 10:13 pm - Football linemen stood on a track, ready to sprint. Race officials holding stopwatches put them down in favor of ... calendars. “A team would come here for track (in the spring) and we’d have 40 guys running the 100,” Round Lake...

Girls golf: Scouting Lake County

Aug 22 2014 | 9:46 pm - Here's a look at what to expect from the girls golfers of Lake County this season.

Carmel focused on getting off on right foot

Aug 25 2014 | 4:22 pm - With a hard-plastic boot on his left foot, Andy Bitto traversed his Carmel Catholic football team’s stadium turf alternating between a four-wheeled scooter and 4 x 2 tractor. Call it an execution of discipline. The 51-year-old Bitto snapped...

Exciting times at Wauconda

Aug 22 2014 | 10:22 pm - It’s the biggest “W” in Wauconda history, and a celebration awaits. Splashed in the middle of Wauconda’s new turf field is a giant, purple “W,” which is uniquely Wauconda’s own. Unlike the...

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