John Lemon

Tri-Cities High School Sports Coordinator
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John Lemon was named Tri-Cities High School Sports Coordinator in July 2003. He is responsible for covering Batavia, Elburn, Geneva, North Aurora, St. Charles and Sugar Grove. Lemon organizes a staff of freelance writers, works with photographers, decides which games will be covered and photographed, designs the Local Sports pages each night, edits stories and covers a variety of high school sports with columns, features and game stories.

In addition, Lemon has assisted with coverage of college football, Cubs, White Sox, Bears and Bulls. While he has covered many memorable sporting events, Lemon's favorite part of the job is getting to know high school coaches, parents, athletes and fans in the community and chronicling all the accomplishments of the area's tremendous teams and student-athletes.

Lemon previously held the same position overseeing DuPage County sports. He started at the Daily Herald as a freelancer in 1995. Lemon also worked at Press-Republican newspapers in St. Charles from 1995-1998 where he first grew to love the passion the Tri-Cities communities have for supporting high school athletics.

Lemon graduated from the University of Illinois in 1994 with a journalism major. He worked as sports editor of the Daily Illini and covered the men's basketball team for two years, among other positions at the student paper.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., and raised in Monmouth, Ill., Lemon now lives in Aurora.

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Softball: Bolingbrook ousts Batavia

May 26 2016 | 9:39 pm - Bolingbrook defeated Batavia 4-1 on Thursday in the Class 4A Batavia regional semifinals.

Softball: Geneva rallies past Metea Valley

May 26 2016 | 9:43 pm - Geneva defeated Metea Valley 7-1 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 4A Geneva regional.

Softball: West Aurora aces Naperville Central

May 24 2016 | 9:40 pm - Hannah Beatus and Payton Lundberg combined on a 2-hit shutout in West Aurora’s 6-0 victory over West Aurora on Tuesday.

Girls soccer: St. Charles East blanks Wheaton North for regional crown

May 21 2016 | 4:15 pm - St. Charles East’s girls soccer team defeated Wheaton North 3-0 on Saturday to win the Class 3A Addison Trail regional championship.

Girls soccer: Geneva tops WW South on PKs

May 20 2016 | 9:11 pm - Geneva goalkeeper Emma Harkleroad dove to her right to save Wheaton Warrenville South’s final penalty kick, giving the Vikings a 1-0 victory Friday in the Class 3A Geneva regional championship game.

Baseball: St. Charles North sweeps St. Charles East

May 18 2016 | 8:56 pm - St. Charles North defeated St. Charles East 11-1 on Wednesday to complete a 3-game sweep.

Softball: St. Charles North throttles Geneva

May 17 2016 | 9:43 pm - St. Charles North pounded out 23 hits on its way to a 12-4 win at Geneva on Tuesday in softball action.

Softball: Keller making her mark as left-handed catcher

May 16 2016 | 8:44 pm - Katelyn Keller is making a big impact for the Geneva softball team this spring — both as the leadoff hitter and also as a rare left-handed catcher.

Baseball: Geneva’s Hahn steps down

May 14 2016 | 6:27 pm - Geneva baseball coach Matt Hahn, who has the most wins in school history, has announced this will be his final season after 12 years.

Softball: St. Charles East, Hall stymie Geneva

May 13 2016 | 8:39 pm - Jordan Hall threw a 2-hit shutout leading St. Charles East to a 2-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division win over Geneva on Friday.

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