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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Final reflections of the weekend in Peoria

Mar 19 2018 | 6:09 pm - Reflecting on the weekend in Peoria and the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament.

Evanston’s run leaves Larkin with fourth place

Mar 17 2018 | 10:45 pm - Larkin’s boys basketball team fell behind in the second quarter and couldn’t recover Saturday night, falling to Evanston 61-49 in the third place game of the Class 4A state tournament in Peoria.

Larkin battles but comes up short against Belleville West

Mar 17 2018 | 1:28 pm - Larkin's boys basketball team came up short against Belleville West 64-53 in the Class 4A state semifinals Friday evening at Carver Arena in Peoria.

School, community pride as important to Larkin as winning

Mar 14 2018 | 5:47 pm - Wednesday was not your normal day at Larkin High School. The entire school took on a little different air, courtesy of the Royals’ boys basketball team.

Burlington Central has much to be proud of

Mar 09 2018 | 11:12 pm - Sports are full of woulda coulda shouldas. Add Burlington Central's 57-55 loss to Rockford Boylan in Friday night's Class 3A Woodstock North sectional championship game to the list.

Covey’s passing leaves a void in so many ways

Mar 08 2018 | 2:13 pm - There’s been a familiar face missing from the bleachers during this basketball postseason. Dave Covey was not only a constant face in the bleachers, he was one of the most avid supporters of athletics in Elgin Area School District U-46 that...

Burlington Central will join Fox Valley Conference in 2019-20

Jan 16 2018 | 10:38 pm - The Burlington-based Central School District 301 board of education voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept an invitation from the Fox Valley Conference for Central High School to become the FVC’s 10th member school for academic and...

Hampshire tops Dundee-Crown to claim Komaromy consolation title

Dec 29 2017 | 6:12 pm - Hampshire’s girls basketball team defeated Dundee-Crown 31-28 Friday to win the consolation championship at the 35th Annual Komaromy Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.

Hampshire falls to Hononegah

Dec 26 2017 | 4:01 pm - Hampshire’s girls basketball team fell to Hononegah 46-32 Tuesday in the first round of the Komaromy Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.

New Trier handles South Elgin

Dec 26 2017 | 4:20 pm - South Elgin’s girls basketball team fell to New Trier 68-40 Tuesday in the first round of the 35th Annual Komaromy Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.

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