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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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Football / Lake County notes

Sep 17 2014 | 10:40 pm - Austin Swenson played football, basketball and baseball in high school. Now that the former Wauconda star is down to one sport — football — he’s showing what he can do at the college level. Swenson put together a monster game...

Cedzidlo takes Lakes to another victory

Sep 13 2014 | 12:02 am - Devyn Cedzidlo missed three days of school last week and Lakes’ football game against Woodstock North. Friday night in rainy Fox Lake, the junior didn’t miss his opportunity to make an immediate impact in the North Suburban Prairie...

Stevenson’s Brunson makes his choice — it’s Villanova

Sep 10 2014 | 9:14 pm - The master of slick moves came up with a new one to announce his college choice. Jalen Brunson penetrated a mob of friends and classmates, including football players wearing pads, faculty and staff, and reporters and cameras inside a cramped room in...

Football Focus: Week Three Preview

Sep 11 2014 | 2:54 pm - See the preview of week three of the 2014 high school football season. Host Joe Aguilar visits the Bison of Buffalo Grove and explores the keys to their quick start at 2-0.

Bears struck by fickle stiff-arm of fate

Sep 07 2014 | 6:37 pm - Following his moment of redemption, Chris Conte sprung to his feet.News: The beleaguered Bear then started running, high-stepping along the way. He sprinted the entire width of the football field, then veered toward a tunnel in the corner of Soldier...

Well worth the drive for Carmel

Sep 06 2014 | 9:25 pm - A mere couple of miles from the site of one of its most memorable drives in team history, Carmel Catholic returned to Chicago’s South Side for a football game Saturday. The Corsairs manufactured a vintage, clock-consuming sequence that...

A real field day for Wauconda

Sep 05 2014 | 11:40 pm - No scoreboard lights, but how about them Wauconda whites? In years past, the kind of downpour that hit the Wauconda area Friday afternoon would have made for a muddy football field for the local team. It’s a different story now. The football...

It’s a Dunne deal: Grayslake has girls golf

Sep 04 2014 | 10:41 pm - The Grayslake Central Rams and Grayslake North Knights finally have a squad of female golfers, but the team can’t come up with a nickname.

Back in action, Ciolek leads Wauconda

Aug 30 2014 | 10:24 pm - All that time Stevie Ciolek spent on the sideline last season. Not allowed to strap on a helmet and hit. Not permitted to run drills with his Wauconda football teammates. Then Friday night, when the senior defensive back finally returned to the...

Kubin, LZ make their point against Fremd

Aug 30 2014 | 12:26 am - Jake Kubin’s game-winning field goal topped his varsity football debut for Lake Zurich two years ago. From a stress standpoint, however, Friday night’s winner, which lifted the host Bears to a 10-7 win over Fremd in the teams’...

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