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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Images: Icons of Sugar Grove

Jun 25 2016 | 10:21 pm - Sugar Grove is home to both a popular public and world-renowned private golf course, a community center with an old school “Hoosiers style” gymnasium, a top-notch community college and a spiffy new library.

Baseball: St. Charles North overcomes obstacles for 1st state trip

Jun 09 2016 | 9:50 pm - St. Charles North will make its first appearance at the state baseball tournament Friday when the North Stars play Mundelein in the Class 4A semifinals at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

Baseball: St. Charles North stuns New Trier to earn 1st state berth

Jun 07 2016 | 9:25 am - Sam Faith delivered perhaps the biggest hit in St. Charles North history, a 2-out, 2-strike, 2-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the North Stars a 4-3 win over New Trier Monday and send his school to state for the first time.

Baseball: St. Charles North breaks through

Jun 04 2016 | 5:34 pm - St. Charles North rallied with runs in the fifth and sixth inning for a 4-3 win over Batavia Saturday in the Class 4A Schaumburg sectional championship game to win the first sectional title in school history.

Baseball: Holm finishes record-setting career at Batavia

Jun 04 2016 | 5:40 pm - Matt Holm coached his final game of his 24-year coaching career for Batavia on Saturday in the Class 4A Schaumburg sectional championship game.

Baseball: Timely hits elude Marmion in sectional loss

Jun 01 2016 | 8:24 pm - Rockford Christian ended Marmion’s season with a 2-1 win Wednesday in the Class 3A Rochelle sectional semifinals.

Softball: St. Charles North edges Lake Park for regional title

May 28 2016 | 5:31 pm - Jillian Waslawski held Lake Park to 3 hits and an unearned run leading St. Charles North to a 2-1 win in the Class 4A St. Charles North regional championship game Saturday.

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.

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