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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Burlington Central drops Kishwaukee River opener

Sep 16 2016 | 10:42 pm - Richmond-Burton’s rushing attack was too much for Burlington Central to overcome in a 35-7 loss Friday night.

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Sep 15 2016 | 9:02 pm - Geneva’s girls volleyball team defeated St. Charles North on Thursday to improve its record to 11-0.

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Melvin wants to bring tradition back at Burlington Central

Aug 19 2016 | 3:32 pm - Brian Melvin, Burlington Central’s third football coach in three years, is hoping to bring the tradition back to Rocket Hill. BC went 1-8 last season.

St. Charles North has the horses to break through

Aug 19 2016 | 2:02 pm - Opening night might be Aug. 26, but in some ways the St. Charles North football season doesn’t begin until Oct. 14.

Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel has new secret weapon: Chips

Jul 20 2016 | 1:55 pm - Utz sent Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel six boxes of chips as a thank you of sorts. Cramps have been a chronic problem for Hammel, and his doctor told him the potassium, salt and carbs in potato chips can help.

Baseball: Huntley headed to state semifinals

Jul 19 2016 | 5:26 pm - Huntley shut out Fremd 5-0 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Phil Lawler Summer State Tournament for the first time.

Muir’s gem lifts St. Charles North

Jul 18 2016 | 9:31 pm - St. Charles North’s baseball team stayed hot Monday with a 4-0 win over Brother Rice in the Phil Lawler Summer State Tournament.

St. Charles North makes more history

Jul 14 2016 | 8:09 pm - St. Charles North came from behind to defeat St. Charles East 4-3 on Thursday and advance to the Phil Lawler Summer State Tournament for the first time.

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