Aaron Gabriel

Prep Sports Editor
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Aaron Gabriel joined the Daily Herald's sports staff in 1990 and became High School Sports Editor in 1994. He coordinates efforts with other prep sports editors who direct our high school and local sports coverage. Aaron also contributes as a writer, covering high school swimming and water polo in northwest suburban Cook County.

Gabriel also is a member of the sports copy desk and frequently assembles pages for the print edition, and stories and photos for our online editions. He has overseen the steady growth of the Daily Herald's high school sports coverage and has helped the sports staff as a whole adapt to developing technologies.

Gabriel lived in Addison, Elmhurst, Geneva and St. Charles as a child, and helped St. Charles High School to state swimming championships in 1980, '82 and '83. He continued to swim at the University of Wisconsin and became an individual Big Ten champion for the Badgers in the 1,650- and 500-yard freestyles.

Gabriel graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in journalism and history.

In 2003, he took second place in a Northern Illinois Newspaper Association contest for column writing. Gabriel's story was about his high school coach at St. Charles, Dave Bart.

Gabriel now lives in Palatine with his wife and two sons.

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A watery, half-full perspective on the start of another year in high school sports

Aug 29 2016 | 8:54 pm - With another high school sports year about to kick into high gear, some observations about what makes the fall season so special.

Historic achievement for Geneva’s boys and girls of summer

Aug 08 2016 | 11:13 am - The Geneva River Rats made history recently by winning the conference swimming meet for the first time in the program’s 44-year history.

Prospect’s Natatorium is ready for aquatic business

Aug 08 2016 | 11:24 pm - Prospect and Hersey High Schools will share the sparkling new aquatics facility unveiled by Dist. 214 on Monday night at Prospect.

Olympic qualifying: Plenty to cheer about as Illinois’ best compete at swimming trials

Jun 24 2016 | 7:35 pm - Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Olivia Smoliga are among the swimmers with Illinois roots best positioned for success in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials meet.

Swimming: Barrington’s Jacobsen joins the show in Omaha

Jun 24 2016 | 7:35 pm - Barrington’s Kirsten Jacobsen will compete in the world’s best swimming meet next week in Omaha, Neb., as the U.S. finalizes its participants for the Rio Games with the Olympic Trials meet.

Northwest male athlete of the year: Salvano sets a winning example at Buffalo Grove

Jun 11 2016 | 9:25 pm - Kevin Salvano is the Daily Herald’s Northwest male athlete of the year for his standard-setting senior season of running at Buffalo Grove.

Boys water polo: Fremd’s hearty effort not quite enough against New Trier

May 19 2016 | 8:32 pm - Fremd’s boys water polo team jumped out to an early lead against New Trier in the boys water polo state quarterfinals Thursday at New Trier, but the Trevians quickly regrouped to claim a 13-7 victory at Stevenson.

Girls water polo: Scouting Conant in the Elite Eight

May 19 2016 | 9:19 pm - Here’s what to expect as Conant meets Mother McAuley in the girls water polo state quarterfinals Friday at Stevenson.

Boys water polo: Scouting Fremd in the Elite Eight

May 18 2016 | 10:08 pm - Here’s what to expect as Fremd’s boys water polo team faces New Trier in the state quarterfinals on Thursday at Stevenson.

Boys water polo: Fremd wins defensive struggle against Barrington

May 14 2016 | 4:32 pm - Fremd’s boys water polo team earned its first state tournament appearance since 2012 by outlasting Barrington 6-5 in overtime in sectional championship play Saturday.

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