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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Vernon Hills survives close call with Antioch

Jan 28 2015 | 11:03 pm - Antioch’s boys basketball team had been here, in position to pull off a dramatic victory. Cory Levin had rarely been here, in position to provide an offensive spark for a Vernon Hills team that usually has ample scoring weapons. Levin...

Frea helps further in Libertyville’s streak

Jan 27 2015 | 10:57 pm - The best things in life may be free, but Libertyville’s best run in a month isn’t all due to the insertion of Caroline Frea into its starting lineup. “Oh no,” Frea said with a smile and shake of her head. Still, since...

Game effort, but no win for Grayslake North

Jan 24 2015 | 10:00 pm - Grayslake North’s weekend in Washington included four games. And more games. “They made a game ‘American Idol’ and ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ” freshman guard Brandi Thibeaux said of her...

Lake Forest survives Lake Zurich’s best shot

Jan 24 2015 | 9:30 pm - Lake Zurich focused on its target and chucked Spears. At Evan Boudreaux. “Tim did a good job tonight,” Lake Zurich guard Mike Travlos said of teammate Tim Spears. In an attempt to at least slow down the Dartmouth-bound Boudreaux and...

Grayslake rallies around Keith

Jan 22 2015 | 8:07 pm - As the first Grayslake North starter to be introduced at Grayslake Central on Wednesday night, an excited (and no doubt appreciative) Jordan Keith ran onto the basketball court and was greeted with cheers. Bobby Krebs, who usually starts for the...

A heart-pounding victory for Grayslake Central

Jan 21 2015 | 11:10 pm - The girl — “just a friend from school,” David Llorens clarified — stood in the Grayslake Central student section holding a large sign and frequently flashing it high above her head. “I (heart) David Llorens”...

Signature win for Stevenson at Round Lake

Jan 20 2015 | 11:10 pm - Round Lake guard Michael Green did not get Jalen Brunson’s autograph, as his dad, Tony, joked he should do when Stevenson’s star ran by him on the court. Green got something else, however. On the opening possession of Tuesday...

Stevenson’s Dineen surpasses 800 career wins

Jan 17 2015 | 9:31 pm - He’s old, he jokes. Winning never gets old, however, especially when it’s accomplished with a Division I talent unable to play due to injury. Even better for Tom Dineen, who reached another coaching milestone Saturday morning in DeKalb...

Wauconda salutes Weber with a ‘W’

Jan 17 2015 | 11:31 pm - What promised to be an emotional night at Wauconda got ratcheted up even more during pregame warm-ups. Executing the perfect kind of teamwork that would make Tom Weber flash his infectious smile, Wauconda’s girls basketball players stood at...

Hollywood finish favors Balliu, Lakes

Jan 16 2015 | 11:26 pm - They’ve talked about it. A lot. One year, Antioch boys basketball coach Jim White and his players even got together for pasta and a “movie,” watching a tape of the Sequoits’ 94-88, triple-overtime win at Lakes on Dec. 16,...

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