Jerry Fitzpatrick

Fox Valley Sports Writer
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Jerry Fitzpatrick joined the Daily Herald prep sports staff in 2002 after two years as a contributing correspondent. Since 2004, his beats in the northern Fox Valley have included football, girls volleyball, boys basketball, baseball and boys and girls track.

An avid fan of high school sports, he has reported from IHSA events at sites ranging from Elgin to Peoria, Champaign to the Quad Cities.

In 2006, he spearheaded a three-part staff report that examined the relationship between IHSA sports and the expanding club sports scene.

Fitzpatrick also has covered hundreds of Chicago professional sporting events, mainly Major League Baseball on both sides of town. Memorable experiences include contributing to coverage of the White Sox title run in 2005, Cubs playoff teams in 2007 and 2008, Bulls and Blackhawks playoff games, the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, and witnessing each of Devin Hester's touchdown returns at Soldier Field in 2007.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, he spent three years criss-crossing the Midwest on long bus rides while employed as the radio play-by-play voice of the Springfield (Ill.) Jr. Blues hockey team, and he worked for two seasons as a contributing broadcaster for the Springfield Capitals minor-league baseball team. He began his journalism career as an editor for Suburban NiteLife Magazine, based in West Chicago.

Fitzpatrick grew up in Wheaton and is a graduate of St. Francis High School, where he lettered twice in football and baseball. He now lives in the northwest suburbs.

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Batavia poised to claim UEC River title

Feb 04 2016 | 5:40 pm - The Batavia boys basketball team can take the starch out of the Upstate Eight River stretch run with a title-clinching win at Geneva Friday night.

McHenry defeats Dundee-Crown

Feb 03 2016 | 5:55 am - Dundee-Crown’s boys basketball team fell to McHenry 55-39 Tuesday.

Benet hangs on to beat West Aurora

Feb 01 2016 | 4:15 pm - Benet’s boys basketball team was able to hold off West Aurora 78-72 Saturday at Batavia’s Jim and Sylvia Roberts Night of Hoops.

Coffey’s shot lifts Batavia over Lake Zurich in OT

Jan 31 2016 | 2:02 am - Canaan Coffey hit the game-winning shot in overtime Saturday to lift the Batavia boys basketball team to a 66-64 win over Lake Zurich at Batavia’s Jim and Sylvia Roberts Night of Hoops.

Geneva surges past Larkin

Jan 30 2016 | 1:47 am - Sixty seconds of big shots and key stops propelled the Geneva boys basketball team to a 66-61 win at Larkin Friday.

Elgin Academy’s Robinson benefits from move

Jan 28 2016 | 6:02 pm - A change of scenery changed the direction of senior Dee Robinson’s life. Robinson, who on Tuesday became the 12th player in Elgin Academy history to score 1,000 points, was living in Joliet three years ago. The guard was lost in the shuffle...

Westminster Christian comeback falls short

Jan 26 2016 | 10:43 pm - Westminster Christian couldn’t come back against Rockford Christian Life Tuesday night, falling 52-47 in Northeastern Athletic Conference boys basketball action in Elgin.

Jacobs’ change leads to victory over Libertyville

Jan 23 2016 | 9:29 pm - Rarely does a halftime adjustment have as profound an effect as the modification the Jacobs boys basketball team made in Saturday’s 61-50 nonconference win against visiting Libertyville.

Elgin knocks off Larkin to snap UEC River skid

Jan 22 2016 | 10:40 pm - Elgin’s girls basketball team defeated Larkin Friday night 51-47 to snap an 8-game losing streak against the Royals and a 27-game skid in the Upstate Eight River.

Larkin explodes in 3rd quarter to rout Elgin

Jan 23 2016 | 1:39 am - Larkin’s boys basketball team used a big third quarter Friday night to roll past crosstown rival Elgin 89-61.

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