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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Boys basketball: Larkin’s Negron out for season with ACL injury

Sep 29 2016 | 7:59 pm - Larkin senior Christian Negron will miss his senior year of boys basketball after suffering a torn ACL during a fall league game in Chicago on Sunday.

Hampshire to honor Ellett on Friday

Sep 29 2016 | 3:55 pm - Hampshire High School will honor two-time state champion football coach Ron Ellett during a halftime ceremony of Friday’s homecoming game against Crystal Lake South.

Cary-Grove upends Huntley in FVC battle

Sep 24 2016 | 4:18 am - In a battle for second place in the Fox Valley Conference Friday night, Cary-Grove defeated Huntley 33-7.

Pennington set to return to Cary-Grove lineup

Sep 22 2016 | 1:10 pm - Cary-Grove fullback Tyler Pennington will start Friday’s home game against Huntley, according to Trojans coach Brad Seaburg.

South Elgin able to fend off Bartlett in the end

Sep 17 2016 | 11:25 pm - A quick start propelled South Elgin to a 22-14 Upstate Eight Valley football win over Bartlett on Saturday.

St. Charles East takes a thriller over St. Charles North

Sep 17 2016 | 3:51 am - St. Charles East moved to 4-0 for the season Friday night with a 28-21 Upstate Eight River football win over ruval St. Charles North.

Scouting Week 4 in the Fox Valley

Sep 15 2016 | 11:06 pm - Here’s a preview of Week 4 football games in the Fox Valley area.

St. Edward figures offensive explosion will continue

Sep 14 2016 | 10:25 pm - St. Edward will look to make it 4-0 Friday night when the Green Wave host Guerin in St. Edward’s homecoming game at Greg True Field in Elgin.

Seven more TD passes for St. Edward’s Mlinarich in runaway win

Sep 10 2016 | 8:16 pm - St. Edward junior quarterback Dylan Mlinarich threw 7 touchdown passes for the second week in a row as the Green Wave routed Walther Christian 63-8 Saturday in Melrose Park.

Marmion handles St. Francis

Sep 10 2016 | 1:38 am - Marmion shut out St. Francis 21-0 Friday night in a Chicago Catholic League Green game in Aurora, moving the Cadets to 3-0 for the season.

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