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. Charles East’s bats deliver against Burlington Central

Mar 30 2015 | 5:47 pm - It would be just fine with St. Charles East softball coach Kelly Horan if every player on her team ended up wearing a Fluer-dis-lis on their helmet this spring. That would likely mean the Saints would have another banner — and fun —...

Girls basketball: Burlington Central’s Pryor commits to NIU

Mar 30 2015 | 8:54 pm - One of the first colleges to recruit Burlington Central girls basketball standout Sam Pryor was Northern Illinois. On Monday, just a day before her 17th birthday, Pryor gave her verbal commitment to the Huskies and coach Kathi Bennett.

South Elgin’s bats alive in win over Palatine

Mar 25 2015 | 3:35 pm - While the pitching and defense may be a bit inexperienced, one thing the South Elgin softball team still has is hitting. The Storm showed that on Tuesday, rapping out 10 hits in a 13-7 win over Palatine in the season opener for both teams at The...

Defense lets Hampshire down in dome loss

Mar 24 2015 | 8:37 pm - After a doubleheader sweep of Round Lake on Saturday, Hampshire softball coach Stacey Stepek was glowing about her team’s defense. But on Tuesday, that solid defense didn’t make the trip to Rosemont with the Whip-Purs. Two key errors...

Softball: Scouting the Fox Valley

Mar 19 2015 | 3:32 pm - Here's what to expect from the high school softball teams of the Fox Valley this spring.

Flores out as Larkin girls basketball coach

Mar 16 2015 | 4:51 pm - Saying the program needed a “new direction” and “new leadership,” Larkin High School Athletic Director Mark Ribbens announced Monday that Ruben Flores will not return next season as the Royals’ head girls...

Wrapping up another season starts with some memories

Mar 15 2015 | 9:40 am - In the ever evolving world of high school sports one thing hasn’t changed. The memories. High school sports have and, hopefully, always will create lifelong memories for those who participate, watch, administer and, yes, report on them. This...

IHSA committee likely to recommend bracketing changes

Mar 12 2015 | 6:07 pm - An ad hoc committee made up of IHSA staff members and athletic directors from around the state will likely be recommending the end of predetermined regionals in all bracketed sports as well as a change in the format for the football playoffs. IHSA...

Rockford Lutheran locks in, shoots past Hampshire

Mar 12 2015 | 9:25 am - Hampshire boys basketball coach Bob Barnett knew his team would have to play a nearly flawless game in Rochelle on Wednesday night in order to extend its season and his coaching career at least one more game. And while the Whip-Purs played well...

Things don't fall St. Edward's way in 2A super

Mar 11 2015 | 8:33 am - Some nights the ball goes in the basket at the right time, some nights it doesn't. Tuesday was a doesn't night for St. Edward. The Green Wave fought No. 2 Rockridge from start to finish but in the end, missed free throws and missed 3-pointers hurt...

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