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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Softball: Scouting the Class 3A/4A postseason in the Fox Valley

May 23 2015 | 10:35 pm - Softball: Scouting the Class 3A/4A postseason in the Fox Valley

Who’s hot? Bartlett, that’s who

May 22 2015 | 9:13 pm - The last week of May is an ideal time for a high school softball team to get hot. And the Bartlett Hawks are hot. Alyssa Nowak and Elyse Hickey hit home runs while Amber Pagan and Danielle Kirby took care of things in the pitchers circle Friday as...

Defense lets St. Edward down in loss to Marengo

May 21 2015 | 9:13 pm - St. Edward was hanging tough with Class 3A power Marengo, but then the Green Wave’s defense faltered and Marengo took advantage of every miscue. The Green Wave committed 4 costly errors, 2 in the third inning and 2 more in the fourth,...

Bartlett handles Glenbard East in 5

May 18 2015 | 8:32 pm - It’s a busy week for the Bartlett softball team, a week in which the Hawks hope to refine their game to the point of contending for a regional championship next week. They got it off to a good start on Monday, hammering out 11 hits in an 11-1...

Big 7th inning propels Jacobs past Dundee-Crown

May 15 2015 | 9:47 pm - Jacobs played a little game of better late than never on Friday, and the Golden Eagles won. After waiting 20 minutes longer than normal for a bus to take them to Dundee-Crown, the Eagles waited until the top of the seventh inning to break out the...

Hampshire able to get past Grayslake Central

May 14 2015 | 9:06 pm - It’s that time of the season to start playing cleaner, smarter games and Hampshire’s softball team did just that on Thursday. The Whip-Purs were able to use 2 unearned runs, a strong performance in the circle from senior Haley Widmayer...

Bartlett earns ‘old school’ win over Libertyville

May 09 2015 | 7:11 pm - Old school softball. With the scores of high school softball games on the rise seemingly more every year, the nonconference game Bartlett and Libertyville played against each other on Saturday was one of those that featured good pitching and defense...

Mutual admiration, respect runs deep between Vogt, Corn

May 09 2015 | 6:11 pm - There is a barrel full of stories out there about athletes who enter the coaching profession and come back to coach against one of their former coaches. Most of the time, they speak about each other with respect, and they genuinely mean it. This...

Marengo deals Burlington Central slaughter-rule loss

May 08 2015 | 7:31 am - Burlington Central softball coach Kyle Molik didn’t mince his words Thursday after Marengo thumped the Rockets 18-5 in five innings in a Big Northern East matchup at Marengo that clinched no worse than a tie for the division title for the host...

Bartlett names Mello new girls basketball coach

May 05 2015 | 6:06 pm - Dave Mello has had a coaching career that spans nearly 20 years and his newest job is one he calls a, “golden opportunity.” A physical education and drivers education teacher at Bartlett High School since 2004, Mello on Tuesday was...

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