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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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Nov 19 2014 | 10:48 pm - Scouting girls basketball in the Fox Valley.

Castro shines in Harvest Christian debut

Nov 17 2014 | 9:55 pm - There were several new beginnings for the girls basketball programs at Westminster Christian and Harvest Christian Monday night and if the result is any indicator of things to come, the Lions could be doing a lot of roaring this season. Junior...

Fourth place a first for Montini

Nov 15 2014 | 6:49 pm - It wasn’t the result Montini’s girls volleyball team wanted, but for a school known for state tournament success in just about everything except volleyball, it’s a start.

Benet finishes the job, claims volleyball title

Nov 17 2014 | 3:05 pm - The Benet girls volleyball team had this night on its mind for a full year. In fact the Redwings thought of little else after losing to Mother McAuley in last year's state final.

St. Francis completes another three-peat

Nov 15 2014 | 8:08 pm - When Mary Boken graduates from St. Francis and heads off to play volleyball and study at Clemson, she will take with her an accolade no other girls volleyball player in IHSA history has achieved.

Libertyville comes back, tops Loyola

Nov 14 2014 | 11:23 pm - It’s not like Libertyville hadn’t been in this position before. So when Friday’s Class 4A state semifinal came down to a third game, the Wildcats weren’t about to panic. Using the experience gained from losing the first...

Benet where it wanted to be

Nov 14 2014 | 9:50 pm - The Benet girls volleyball team left Redbird Arena last year unsatisfied. On Saturday night the Redwings will get a chance to atone for that disappointment.

St. Francis back in final again

Nov 14 2014 | 8:50 pm - Many teams might play tentative and with some nervousness in a third game of a state semifinal. St. Francis, though, is not like many girls volleyball teams.

Joliet Catholic turns to Murphy, beats Montini

Nov 14 2014 | 7:38 pm - Montini might have surprised Joliet Catholic somewhat early, but in the end what the Angels did to win didn’t surprise anyone.

Girls volleyball: Libertyville battles past Crystal Lake South

Nov 08 2014 | 9:25 pm - All Libertyville’s girls volleyball team had to do after the first set of Saturday’s Class 4A Fremd supersectional was look at the stat sheet to know something had to change. The glaring stat in the Wildcats’ loss in that first...

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