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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Warren’s Jones caps recruitment process by choosing Notre Dame

Feb 18 2017 | 6:07 pm - Warren junior Micah Jones is ahead of the game when it comes to his football recruitment. The wide receiver has committed to a future at Notre Dame.

O’Connell’s poise comes in handy as Stevenson wins Showdown

Feb 18 2017 | 10:50 pm - Stevenson’s Aidan O’Connell banked in a 10-footer with 57 seconds left as the Patriots topped Morgan Park Academy 60-58 in overtime in the City-Suburban Showdown at Robert Morris University in Arlington Heights.

Keefe, Libertyville on target against Stevenson

Feb 18 2017 | 12:38 pm - Two clutch free throws from Claire Keefe lifted Libertyville’s girls basketball team to a 35-33 victory over Stevenson on Friday in Class 4A regional championship play.

With victory at Vernon Hills, St. Viator can smile

Feb 16 2017 | 10:31 pm - Fourth-seeded St. Viator defeated No. 5 seed Vernon Hills 38-34 on the Cougars’ home court to capture its second Class 3A regional championship in as many years on Thursday.

Richardson, Stevenson oust Grant

Feb 15 2017 | 10:19 pm - Senior guard Ashley Richardson led an impressive defensive effort as Stevenson’s girls basketball team topped Grant 46-29 on Wednesday in Class 4A regional play.

Waukegan turns the tables on Warren

Feb 14 2017 | 10:29 pm - Visiting Waukegan led from start to finish in an 81-70 North Suburban Conference victory over Warren’s boys basketball team as Bryant Brown, DeShawn Davidson and Carson Newsome combined for 67 points.

Chmiel’s game-winner lifts Lake Zurich

Feb 11 2017 | 8:03 pm - Brian Chmiel’s late 3 lifted Lake Zurich’s boys basketball team to a 51-48 victory over Highland Park on Saturday at Deerfield.

Zalewski, Stevenson prevail at Libertyville

Feb 10 2017 | 11:23 pm - Eric Zalewski’s tough effort — along with 26 points from Justin Smith and 23 from Willie Herenton — helped Stevenson’s boys basketball team win 58-47 Friday at Libertyville.

Michael Marchese’s Illinois commitment has twins on parallel Big Ten tracks

Feb 09 2017 | 9:11 pm - Michael Marchese’s commitment to Illinois’ football program means he’ll be lining up against twin brother Henry — a recent commit for Iowa — in the coming years. Both players recently completed standout prep...

Giesey gives Carmel Catholic a winning jolt

Feb 08 2017 | 10:33 pm - Jennifer Giesey came off the bench and gave Carmel Catholic’s girls basketball team a winning lift in a 45-21 victory over Joliet Catholic Academy on Wednesday.

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