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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Burlington Central will join Fox Valley Conference in 2019-20

Jan 16 2018 | 9:38 pm - The Burlington-based Central School District 301 board of education voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept an invitation from the Fox Valley Conference for Central High School to become the FVC’s 10th member school for academic and...

Hampshire tops Dundee-Crown to claim Komaromy consolation title

Dec 29 2017 | 5:12 pm - Hampshire’s girls basketball team defeated Dundee-Crown 31-28 Friday to win the consolation championship at the 35th Annual Komaromy Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.

Hampshire falls to Hononegah

Dec 26 2017 | 3:01 pm - Hampshire’s girls basketball team fell to Hononegah 46-32 Tuesday in the first round of the Komaromy Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.

New Trier handles South Elgin

Dec 26 2017 | 3:20 pm - South Elgin’s girls basketball team fell to New Trier 68-40 Tuesday in the first round of the 35th Annual Komaromy Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.

Former Hampshire coach Cavanaugh was one really good guy

Dec 21 2017 | 8:23 pm - Former Hampshire football coach Dan Cavanaugh passed away Wednesday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 59.

Dundee-Crown gets past Grayslake Central

Dec 16 2017 | 7:12 pm - Dundee-Crown defeated Grayslake Central 30-25 Saturday in an nonconference girls basketball game.

Bartlett overcomes horrid first quarter to roll by South Elgin

Dec 15 2017 | 9:32 pm - Bartlett’s girls basketball team defeated South Elgin 52-27 Friday night in Upstate Eight Valley play.

Larkin hangs on to knock off Elgin

Dec 05 2017 | 9:56 pm - Larkin’s girls basketball team hung on for a 55-52 Upstate Eight River win over Elgin Tuesday night at Elgin’s Chesbrough Field House.

Dundee-Crown survives Huntley in OT

Dec 02 2017 | 6:39 pm - Dundee-Crown’s girls basketball team got past Huntley 30-27 in overtime in a Fox Valley Conference game Saturday.

Larkin pushes Whitney Young to limit before falling

Nov 24 2017 | 9:47 pm - Larkin’s boys basketball team split a pair of games at the Rockford Tip-Off Classic Friday, falling to defending Class 4A state champion Whitney Young 70-64 before coming back to defeat Rockford East 69-61.

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