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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Westminster Christian no match for Marquette

Oct 03 2015 | 7:29 pm - The Westminster Christian football team is much improved compared to a year ago but nowhere near enough to challenge Northeastern Athletic Conference power Marquette Academy of Ottawa. The Crusaders — ranked No. 10 in Class 1A in this...

Unbeaten Huntley hands Jacobs 1st loss

Oct 03 2015 | 3:22 am - Huntley held off a late charge by visiting Jacobs to win a battle of unbeaten rivals 22-19 on a Friday night better suited for cornerbacks than quarterbacks.

Batavia eager for test with Naperville Central

Oct 01 2015 | 10:47 pm - With nothing to lose in Friday's 7:30 p.m. nonconference showcase against Naperville Central, Batavia football coach Dennis Piron considers it an opportunity for his players to line up against another suburban power and find out where they stand.

Huntley meets Jacobs in battle of unbeatens

Oct 01 2015 | 8:34 pm - It would make for a happy homecoming if Huntley can win its second straight against an undefeated Fox Valley Conference Valley Division rival.

Huntley’s win over Cary-Grove an all-around effort

Sep 30 2015 | 8:38 pm - Huntley benefitted from high-caliber performances all over the field last Friday night in a 29-8 victory over Cary-Grove, the program’s first victory over the Trojans in 12 tries.

South Elgin clicking on all cylinders vs. Larkin

Sep 26 2015 | 7:03 pm - The Larkin football team’s long week got even longer at South Elgin on Saturday. Unable to practice at all on Wednesday and able to practice only on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday because of the closing of Larkin High School due to...

A first for Huntley — Red Raiders defeat Cary-Grove

Sep 26 2015 | 3:40 am - The Huntley football program has arrived. After failing in their previous 11 attempts over 12 seasons to knock off Fox Valley Conference power Cary-Grove, the Red Raiders broke through Friday night with the signature win over the Trojans they had...

Huntley hoping to limit big plays against undefeated Cary-Grove

Sep 24 2015 | 10:12 pm - Huntley aims for its first win against league power Cary-Grove since joining the Fox Valley Conference, while the defending FVC Valley champs look to get off on the right foot in the division opener.

Cary-Grove vs. Huntley promises to be special

Sep 23 2015 | 6:00 pm - Valley Division play within the Fox Valley Conference opens with a bang Friday night when defending champion Cary-Grove (4-0) visits Huntley (4-0), which finished second last season.

Energized Streamwood takes it to Larkin

Sep 20 2015 | 2:24 am - Leading 7-0 when play resumed Saturday, Streamwood went on to a 21-0 win over Larkin in Upstate Eight Conference River Division football action.

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