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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What a rewarding trip it’s been for Antioch

Feb 28 2015 | 7:27 pm - Antioch is taking a moment to savor its Class 3A girls basketball sectional triumph in advance of Monday's supsersectional matchup against Montini at Hoffman Estates High School.

A super North Suburban finale for Stevenson

Feb 25 2015 | 11:04 pm - While Stevenson’s boys basketball was beating every team in the North Suburban Lake Division twice this season, Vernon Hills was busy doing the same on the Prairie side. That meant Cougars forward Matt Weaver relied on what he heard and read...

Simeon surpasses Stevenson in Showdown

Feb 21 2015 | 11:39 pm - The woman seated next to one of Simeon’s most famous alumni reacted enthusiastically to a foul called on a Stevenson defender and spoke perhaps prematurely. “It’s over!” she shouted. Milwaukee Bucks rookie Jabari Parker,...

Callahan shoots Buffalo Grove past Stevenson

Feb 20 2015 | 11:37 pm - As soon as Buffalo Grove’s girls basketball season ends, Maddy Callahan will have her long-awaited ACL surgery. “It’s just partially torn,” the 5-foot-8 senior guard, who wears a cumbersome brace on her left knee, said...

Bogumil enters final playoff run at Libertyville

Feb 19 2015 | 4:06 pm - Libertyville boys basketball coach Scott Bogumil has announced that this season will be his last after an 11-year run with the Wildcats.

Fremd adapts, gets past Libertyville

Feb 19 2015 | 11:03 pm - Dressed in her full Fremd basketball uniform, including a warm-up top over her jersey, Haley Gorecki sat on the bench, head up and ears perked. She even handed her teammates tiny cups of water during a timeout. “She wanted to play,”...

Outright Prairie champs: Vernon Hills

Feb 18 2015 | 10:52 pm - Before his boys basketball team took its home court in an attempt to make school history, Vernon Hills coach Matt McCarty had one last word for his players as they huddled in their locker room. “Outright.” Lakes, meanwhile, started...

Kuzmanic, Wheeling stop Warren

Feb 17 2015 | 11:11 pm - As Warren coach John Stanczykiewicz stood in Grayslake Central’s near-empty gym, he heard laughter from his girls basketball players coming from the hallway as they exited the building. Never mind that Wheeling’s experienced squad had...

Starring role for Einloth in Grayslake Central’s win

Feb 14 2015 | 9:47 pm - The bounce pass — delivered from near the half-court line to a cutting Lucas Buckels, who finished at the rim — would have played nicely at the NBA All-Star Game festivities in New York this weekend. “I love (distributing the...

A benchmark win for Wauconda

Feb 13 2015 | 11:23 pm - Bryan Nee’s clutch free throws secured more than just one of Wauconda’s best victories of the basketball season. The foul shots did more than just spoil Lakes’ anticipated showdown next week with Vernon Hills, too. By beating...

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