Dave Oberhelman

DuPage County Sports Writer
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Dave Oberhelman joined the Daily Herald as a sports writer in 1999. His primary focus is high school sports in DuPage County and the Tri-Cities area.

Over the years he has covered a variety of sports from girls soccer to boys volleyball, from baseball to water polo, yet his emphasis has been beat coverage of football, boys basketball and track. Oberhelman also contributes a weekly column, "Sidelines," that highlights the "lighter side" of prep sports and achievements of area athletes.

Before joining the Daily Herald full-time, Oberhelman wrote for the newspaper as a correspondent serving the DuPage and Fox Valley offices. He came to the Daily Herald after also writing for such publications as the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader and Windy City Sports Magazine, and having served in editorial positions for community newspapers in Chicago in an age when cut-and-paste meant literally that.

Seen on television broadcasts for the IHSA Network and Naperville Community Television Channel 17, Oberhelman had the privilege of covering each of now-defunct Driscoll Catholic High School's state-record seven straight state football titles, among the many state series contests he has covered for the Daily Herald.

In 2008, he was honored with a Recognition Award by the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association for his coverage of boys track and field.

Aside from the prep sports scene, Oberhelman has covered the occasional Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball game for the Daily Herald, and assisted in coverage of the 2009 Winter Classic hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field.

Oberhelman, raised in Wheaton and still residing in the DuPage County with his wife and two children, is a graduate of Wheaton Central High School. He attended Indiana University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications.

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End of the line for Waubonsie Valley

Nov 22 2015 | 12:47 am - Waubonsie Valley's stirring playoff run came to an end Saturday night against host Marist in the Class 8A state semifinals in a 31-16 decision.

A season of maturity benefiting Waubonsie Valley

Nov 20 2015 | 12:31 am - Yes, Waubonsie Valley once was a young team just hoping to make the playoffs. That's certainly changed for the Class 8A semifinalist Warriors.

Montini breezes to win vs. DeKalb

Nov 15 2015 | 12:07 am - Walker, Blake and a strong wind blow Montini past DeKalb and into the Class 6A semifinals.

Garrison eager to build a triathlon tradition at North Central

Nov 11 2015 | 4:58 pm - Naperville North graduate Jenny Garrison on the run to recruit athletes for North Central College's new women's triathlon team

Bey’s loss is Montini football’s gain

Nov 12 2015 | 11:43 pm - Montini senior defensive lineman Monte Bey is making his team proud this season.

Waubonsie Valley powers past Neuqua Valley to the football quarterfinals

Nov 09 2015 | 7:24 pm - Waubonsie Valley gives Max effort in Class 8A victory over Neuqua Valley

Winning never gets old for St. Francis coach Kopec

Nov 04 2015 | 9:28 pm - More than 1,200 wins doesn't make big matches any smaller for St. Francis girls volleyball coach Peg Kopec.

Glenbard West ready to line up against Mt. Carmel

Nov 04 2015 | 1:45 pm - Glenbard West and Mt. Carmel will meet for the first time in the playoffs in Saturday's second-round Class 7A playoff football game at Duchon Field in Glen Ellyn.

Mt. Carmel ousts Glenbard North

Oct 31 2015 | 8:49 pm - Glenbard North finds Mt. Carmel hard to prep for, tougher to beat

IC Catholic Prep wins playoff opener

Oct 31 2015 | 3:34 pm - Offense and defense do their jobs in IC Catholic Prep's first-round win.

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