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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Previewing the Class 1-2A postseason in the Fox Valley

Feb 06 2016 | 2:32 pm - Previewing the Class 1A and 2A girls basketball postseason in the Fox Valley

Bartlett’s resurgence starts with defense

Feb 04 2016 | 5:20 pm - Dave Mello knew when he took over the Bartlett girls basketball program from retired longtime coach Denise Sarna that he had some talent to work with. Now, after a somewhat slow start to the season, the Hawks are on a 9-game winning streak.

Jacobs ends skid against Dundee-Crown

Feb 03 2016 | 10:16 pm - The Jacobs girls basketball team ended a 4-game losing streak against rival Dundee-Crown Wednesday night, defeating the Chargers 46-37 in Carpentersville.

Frazier closes in on Batavia scoring record

Jan 30 2016 | 4:45 pm - Batavia senior Hannah Frazier scored 19 points Saturday to lead the Bulldogs’ girls basketball team to a 61-23 win at Streamwood. Frazier is now just 7 points away from tying Liza Fruendt’s school record for career points.

Batavia’s Koch brings smarts, touch

Jan 28 2016 | 4:01 pm - Batavia girls basketball coach Kevin Jensen calls senior Jess Koch perhaps the smartest player on his team, one who is making an impact on both ends of the court.

St. Edward downs Hampshire for 4th straight win

Jan 23 2016 | 9:36 pm - Maddie Spagnola made 3 free throws with no time left on the clock to lift St. Edward’s girls basketball team to a 55-52 win over Hampshire Saturday night in Elgin.

Burlington Central’s 1,000-club trio quite unique

Jan 21 2016 | 7:09 pm - It’s not every day a coach can say he or she has a 1,000-point scorer on the court. Burlington Central girls basketball coach Mark Smith now not only has one, but three players who have eclipsed the 1,000 mark for their careers, something...

Harvest Christian nips Larkin for Elgin City Classic title

Jan 16 2016 | 6:00 pm - The Harvest Christian girls basketball team won the Elgin City Classic championship Saturday with a 46-44 victory over Larkin.

Huntley looking forward to MLK challenge at DeKalb

Jan 14 2016 | 6:17 pm - The Huntley girls basketball team will defend its 2015 championship of the MLK Tournament at DeKalb starting Saturday when the Red Raiders take on Belvidere North in the first round.

Through all the ups and downs, Rich Sanders lived life with no regrets

Jan 14 2016 | 12:45 pm - Former St. Edward football and baseball coach Rich Sanders passed away on Monday after a long battle with ALS.

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