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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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Elgin’s Graves leaves a legacy of hard work becoming success

Jun 08 2018 | 11:42 pm - Elgin High School’s Kylie Graves is the 2017-18 Daily Herald Fox Valley Female Athlete of the Year.

Softball: 1-2-3, and Kaneland moves on

Jun 02 2018 | 6:43 pm - Kaneland’s softball team won the Class 3A Marengo sectional championship Saturday, beating Rock Falls 5-3.

Softball: Huntley wins, Barrington up next

May 31 2018 | 8:55 pm - Huntley defeated McHenry 12-2 in five innings Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 4A Huntley softball sectional.

Softball: Arrambide, St. Charles East take care of Lake Park

May 26 2018 | 7:40 pm - St. Charles East defeated Lake Park 10-2 Saturday to win the Class 4A Schaumburg softball regional title.

Softball: Marengo upends Burlington Central for regional crown

May 25 2018 | 8:52 pm - Defending Class 3A state softball champion Marengo defeated Burlington Central 2-0 Friday in the BC regional title game.

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.

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