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: Huntley’s Larson became an all-around player

Jun 11 2015 | 10:09 am - Huntley senior Megan Larson is the honorary captain of the Daily Herald's Fox Valley All-Area softball team.

Softball: Fox Valley All-Area team

Jun 11 2015 | 8:10 pm - Presenting the 2015 Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area softball team.

Softball: Dionne, Marengo end Burlington Central’s run

Jun 06 2015 | 5:24 pm - Marengo sophomore Mariah Dionne threw a 2-hitter Saturday as the Indians defeated Burlington Central 4-0 in the championship game of the Class 3A Belvidere North softball sectional.

Harlem ends Huntley’s softball season

Jun 03 2015 | 9:55 pm - Machesney Park Harlem ended Huntley's softball season Wednesday with a 5-4 win in the semifinals of the Class 4A DeKalb sectional.

Barrington pulls away from McHenry

Jun 02 2015 | 10:12 pm - What started out as some rocky waters for the Barrington softball team Tuesday ended up smooth sailing in the end. And the captain of the ship, senior Keenan Dolezal, showed that experience counts when the pressure is on. But it was a freshman who...

Kisch, Ahlers power Burlington Central to regional crown

Jun 01 2015 | 9:34 pm - The Burlington Central softball team may not have the glowing overall record it has had in many past seasons, but the Rockets are 2-0 in the season that counts the most, and they’re a regional champion again. Junior Emily Kisch spun a...

St. Charles North powers past Bartlett

May 30 2015 | 6:08 pm - As the temperature got colder Saturday, St. Charles North’s bats got warmer. And the North Stars’ freshman in the circle pitched a pretty hot game, too. SCN scored early and often and freshman Jillian Waslawski shut down the...

Loss doesn’t dampen Dundee-Crown’s future

May 28 2015 | 9:38 pm - While Dundee-Crown’s aspirations of playing Huntley for a regional championship on Saturday didn’t come true, just the fact the Chargers were thinking about playing for a regional title in softball is a victory of sorts for a program...

Larkin lets Rockford East run away late

May 28 2015 | 10:07 pm - Larkin’s baseball team had everything going its way Thursday in its Class 4A DeKalb regional semifinal against Rockford East. Then the roof — and the season — caved in on the Royals. Trailing Larkin 3-2 after the top of the...

Huntley topples Jacobs to reach regional final

May 27 2015 | 9:59 pm - It didn’t take a whole lot to motivate the Huntley softball team on Wednesday. Having lost to Jacobs twice during the Fox Valley Conference season, the Red Raiders came out with a vengeance when the two teams met in the semifinals of the...

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