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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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Taft takes over at Fenton

May 25 2016 | 11:08 pm - Fenton hires one of its own, Chaz Taft, as its new boys basketball coach

Boys track: Neuqua Valley again has high hopes

May 25 2016 | 11:03 pm - Like many suitors, Neuqua Valley has its eye on a boys state track championship

Boys track: Carr-Jones blazes a trail downstate

May 21 2016 | 3:08 am - Addison Trail’s Carr-Jones demonstrates the power of positive thinking

Girls track: Naperville North’s Pendergast in a class by herself

May 19 2016 | 11:35 pm - Whether or not she runs Saturday, Naperville North’s Judy Pendergast stands among the best high school distance runners in Illinois history.

Boys track: Neuqua Valley’s Hughes makes the leap

May 20 2016 | 2:20 am - Tyler Hughes perfectly executes a leap of faith at Class 3A Neuqua Valley sectional.

Forty years flew by for West Chicago’s McCarthy

May 18 2016 | 9:00 pm - As a coach and teacher for 40 years, building relationships was the key for retiring West Chicago baseball coach Dan McCarthy.

Boys track: Neuqua Valley takes DVC title out of Wheaton

May 14 2016 | 2:28 am - After 25 years of Wheaton domination at DuPage Valley Conference boys track and field meets, Neuqua Valley claims the big prize.

Girls track: Benet’s Steed a quick learner

May 12 2016 | 11:30 pm - Competing in track for the first time this season, Benet senior Kerry Steed qualified for the Class 2A meet from Thursday’s Lisle sectional.

Naperville Central’s Bee joins the Hall

May 11 2016 | 9:16 pm - A Bee-line to IADA Hall of Fame for former Naperville Central AD.

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