John Radtke

Assistant Sports Editor/Fox Valley Sports and Online Prep Sports Manager
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John Radtke joined the Daily Herald as a freelance sports reporter in the fall of 1995 and was named Assistant Sports Editor/Fox Valley Sports coordinator in October of 1997. He added the title of Online Prep Sports Manager to his duties in the fall of 2008.

Radtke has been a high school sports reporter since 1975 when he worked for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle through a co-op work program during his senior year at Burlington Central High School. He joined the staff of the Elgin Courier-News in the fall of 1975 and was with the Courier in two different stints between 1975 and 1992.

He received his education from Elgin Community College and Judson University. He has also worked in sports marketing and in private business.

An award-winning sports writer, Radtke earned a James S. Copley Ring of Truth Award in 1989 for his work covering the Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers strike, work that also earned him a Northern Illinois Newspaper Association award.

Radtke was inducted into the media wing of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003 and in 2006 was named the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Media Person of the Year.

Radtke also won the 2010 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association award for sports reporting and the Daily Herald's 2010 Editorial Excellence award.

He was among a team of reporters honored with a Peter Lisagor Award in 2012 for best education reporting.

In 2014, Radtke was honored with the Illinois High School Association's Distinguished Media Service Award.

Radtke also serves on the board of directors for the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as on the Hall of Fame selection committee for Burlington Central High School and Judson University.

He was inducted into the Burlington Central Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

A lifelong resident of the Fox Valley, Radtke is also the founder, president and general manager of the Northern Illinois Lightning Fastpitch Softball program, a nonprofit organization that provides recreational and educational opportunities for area youth.

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St. Edward’s Spagnola reaches 1,000 career points

Nov 26 2016 | 9:54 pm - St. Edward senior Maddie Spagnola became the 14th player in Green Wave girls basketball history to score 1,000 career points Saturday when she put up 19 in a 46-40 loss to Oak Park-River Forest at the Hinsdale South tournament.

Girls volleyball: St. Edward’s Dovichi steps down

Oct 26 2016 | 1:17 pm - St. Edward girls volleyball coach Jaime Dovichi announced Tuesday night she is stepping down after 13 years.

Girls golf: Consistent St. Charles North nabs sectional crown

Oct 10 2016 | 6:09 pm - St. Charles North’s girls golf team shot a 312 Monday at Schaumburg Golf club to win its second straight Class 2A sectional title.

Girls golf: Furtney’s 65 propels St. Charles North to regional crown

Oct 05 2016 | 6:36 pm - St. Charles North sophomore Megan Furtney shot a 5-under par 65 to lead the North Stars to a team total of 290 and the championship of the Class 2A Burlington Central girls golf regional Wednesday at Sycamore Golf Club.

Boys golf: Dundee-Crown’s Anderson, Jacobs’ Tighe tie for 2nd at regional

Oct 04 2016 | 5:46 pm - Dundee-Crown senior JP Anderson and Jacobs’ sophomore Garrett Tighe tied for second place by shooting 75s Tuesday at the Class 3A Huntley boys golf regional.

Boys golf: Jacobs’ Tighe 2nd at Fox Valley Conference meet

Sep 29 2016 | 4:58 pm - Jacobs sophomore Garrett Tighe shot a 77 Thursday to finish in second place at the Fox Valley Conference boys golf tournament at Foxford Hills in Cary. Prairie Ridge won the team title with a 322.

Softball: It’s a date with state for St. Edward

May 30 2016 | 4:04 pm - Senior Allie Stratman scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 11th inning and St. Edward’s softball team defeated Peotine 1-0 Monday in the Class 2A Rosemont supersectional at Bandits Stadium, sending the Green Wave to the Final Four in East...

Football: Burlington Central tabs Melvin as hew head coach

May 17 2016 | 3:56 pm - Burlington Central High School named 1994 Larkin graduate Brian Melvin its new head football coach on Tuesday.

Softball: St. Edward’s Senior Night a booming success

May 04 2016 | 9:01 pm - St. Edward jumped to an 8-0 lead and defeated Wheaton Academy 8-4 Wednesday night in a Metro Suburban West softball game at Judson University in Elgin.

Softball: Dundee-Crown 2nd at Larkin Slugfest; St. Edward’s Zdroik throws perfect game

Apr 23 2016 | 8:31 pm - Dundee-Crown’s softball team finished second at the 23rd annual Larkin Slugfest Saturday, falling to Joliet West 9-3 in the championship game.

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