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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Jan 21 2017 | 7:27 pm - Dundee-Crown’s girls basketball team held off Cary-Grove 34-32 in a Fox Valley Conference game Saturday.

Kyles returns, propels Larkin past Elgin

Jan 20 2017 | 9:41 pm - Larkin senior Marlee Kyles returned to action Friday night after missing five games with a concussion and scored 23 points to lead the Royals to a 59-27 girls basketball win over Elgin.

‘Shoot for Scott’ a huge success at St. Charles East

Jan 18 2017 | 3:55 pm - St. Charles East girls basketball coach Lori Drumtra can remember the first time she met Scott Munroe, the father of the Saints’ senior point guard Sam Munroe.

Second half does in Huntley in loss to Lincoln-Way East

Jan 16 2017 | 9:43 pm - Huntley’s girls basketball team fell to Lincoln-Way East 52-36 Monday in the consolation championship game of the DeKalb MLK Tournament.

Burlington Central holds off Marengo for MLK Classic title

Jan 16 2017 | 8:45 pm - Burlington Central’s boys basketball team rode a bit of a roller coaster Monday but in the end the Rockets came out on top. Junior Michael Kalusa scored 19 points, including 7 in the fourth quarter, and Central held off Marengo 64-57 to win...

With Larkin’s Kyles sidelined, Harvest Christian rolls to win

Jan 11 2017 | 10:06 pm - With Larkin senior Marlee Kyles, the Fox Valley area’s leading scorer, out with a concussion, Harvest Christian’s girls basketball team defeated Larkin 62-37 Wednesday night.

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.

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