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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Rest assured, O’Connell and Stevenson are ready

Oct 22 2016 | 12:41 am - Back from what he called a “rest week,” Stevenson quarterback Aidan O’Connell showed he’s ready for the rest of the season, which the Patriots hope will last well into November. And if there were any concerns about his...

Don’t worry — Grayslake North’s George has a handle on all this

Oct 18 2016 | 9:04 pm - Grayslake North’s Adam George is facing a tough challenge, as he was recently diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. But the sophomore multi-sport athlete has plenty of support and is embracing the future with a smile.

Bears’ Young perplexed by late penalty

Oct 16 2016 | 6:04 pm - If the Bears’ Sunday loss was hard to figure, equally perplexing for Willie Young was his roughing-the-passer penalty on Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles late in the third quarter.

Forward-thinking Graysake N. tunes up with a win

Oct 14 2016 | 11:37 pm - As quickly as Jeremiah Myles’ end-zone tackle triggered an onslaught of points for Grayslake North’s football team, his focus following the Knights’ lopsided win turned to their Week-9 opponent. Grayslake North’s 47-14...

Plenty of high points for Lowe, Warren against Waukegan

Oct 08 2016 | 7:00 pm - Behind a stellar defense that yielded just 7 yards rushing and a ground game that generated 326 yards, including 191 by Melvin Pettis, Warren’s football team pulled away for a 42-7 win Saturday at Weiss Field.

Antioch comes up big against Lakes

Oct 07 2016 | 11:25 pm - Both Lakes and Antioch were more than amped for their District 117 football rivalry game, which happened to be for first place in the Northern Lake County Conference. With a packed stadium watching, Antioch pulled out a jumbo victory, 14-7. The win...

Girls golf: Forward-thinking Gold, Libertyville set the standard

Oct 05 2016 | 8:37 pm - Libertyville’s girls golf team excelled in Wednesday’s regional meet at Bonnie Brook, and Wauconda’s KiLynn Gold earned a spot in next week’s sectional during her final season as a high school competitor.

Howard has a winning way about him

Oct 02 2016 | 8:48 pm - In his first NFL start, rookie running back Jordan Howard was a slam dunk, rushing for 111 yards on 23 (nice coincidence) carries, as the previously winless Chicago Bears beat the Lions 17-14.

Girls golf: Libertyville pulls together for NSC title

Sep 28 2016 | 9:02 pm - Simone Mikaelian shot a 4-over-par 76 and was the only golfer to break 80 as Libertyville captured the North Suburban Conference girls golf title at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan on Wednesday.

VIDEO: Football Focus Week Six Preview

Sep 27 2016 | 8:18 pm - See the Daily Herald Football Focus week six preview video. Joe Aguilar visits St. Charles East. The undefeated fighting Saints, fresh off big wins over rivals St. Charles North and Batavia, face Bartlett Friday night.

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