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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Batavia’s Stephens, West Aurora’s McCue win Stampede titles

Oct 10 2015 | 1:00 pm - Batavia's Emma Stephens and West Aurora's Connor McCue won titles Saturday at the West Aurora Stampede cross country invitational.

Aurora Christian can’t keep up with St. Laurence

Oct 09 2015 | 11:07 pm - Aurora Christian couldn't slow down St. Laurence's high-powered offense in a 63-24 loss Friday.

Cary-Grove goes outside to top Huntley

Oct 08 2015 | 9:29 pm - Cary-Grove defeated Huntley 25-20, 25-10 Thursday night to stay perfect in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division.

St. Charles North tops East

Oct 06 2015 | 9:50 pm - St. Charles North's girls volleyball team swept St. Charles East 25-23, 25-13 Tuesday to wrap up the Upstate Eight Conference River championship.

St. Charles East 2nd, Marmion 3rd at SCN Invite

Oct 03 2015 | 7:39 pm - St. Charles East took second and Marmion was third Saturday at St. Charles North's annual boys cross country invitational.

Batavia bests field at St. Charles North invite

Oct 03 2015 | 3:40 pm - Batavia placed four runners in the top 14 to win Saturday's St. Charles North girls cross country invitational.

Naperville Central turns back Batavia

Oct 02 2015 | 11:29 pm - Naperville Central jumped to a 14-0 lead and didn't look back in a 34-14 win at Batavia Friday night.

Geneva rallies by Cary-Grove

Oct 01 2015 | 10:21 pm - In a matchup of two of the Daily Herald's top 10 teams, No. 7 Geneva came from behind to defeat No. 3 Cary-Grove Thursday night in 3 sets.

Burlington Central tips Genoa-Kingston in 3

Sep 30 2015 | 8:39 am - A strong finish lifted Burlington Central to a 25-13, 22-25, 25-17 win over Genoa-Kingston on Tuesday.

St. Charles North’s Ernst wins national triathlon title

Sep 29 2015 | 3:45 pm - St. Charles North sophomore Audrey Ernst won the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final earlier this month in Chicago.

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