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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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Baseball: Postseason pattern continues for Huntley at Boomers Stadium

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Baseball: St. Charles North takes third in state

Jun 12 2016 | 12:52 am - St. Charles North defeated Plainfield North 6-5 on Saturday to take third place at the Class 4A state baseball tournament in Joliet.

Baseball: Zagula, Mundelein slam St. Charles North

Jun 11 2016 | 3:16 am - Mundelein baseball coach Todd Parola waited until the last minute to write Zack Zagula’s name on the lineup card before Friday’s Class 4A semifinal in Joliet.

Baseball: Fox Valley all-area team

Jun 09 2016 | 11:44 am - Introducing the Daily Herald’s baseball all-area team for the Fox Valley.

Baseball: Joyce ignites St. Charles North’s special season

Jun 09 2016 | 11:45 am - St. Charles North’s batting order is a tall stack of dry kindling on a 95-degree day and leadoff man Brendan Joyce is the match.

Baseball: Batavia capitalizes on St. Charles East’s mistakes

Jun 03 2016 | 11:57 pm - St. Charles East led 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning of Friday’s Class 4A Schaumburg sectional semifinal, but the Saints precipitated their own demise by committing a pair of errors that opened the floodgates to an 8-run Batavia uprising...

Baseball: St. Charles North survives scare from Lake Park

Jun 02 2016 | 10:30 pm - The Lake Park baseball team nearly landed the Class 4A Schaumburg sectional’s biggest fish Thursday, but No. 1 St. Charles North slipped the hook and notched a 5-4 victory in 8 innings.

Baseball: St. Charles North’s late explosion nets 3rd straight regional title

May 28 2016 | 9:09 pm - St. Charles North scored 6 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to defeat Wheaton North 6-1 in the championship game of the Class 4A Hoffman Estates regional.

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