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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Rolinski’s mark on Illinois basketball was truly iconic

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Rosary’s energy holds off St. Edward

Sep 23 2014 | 9:55 pm - Three-game volleyball matches often come down to which team has the most energy in the third game. On Tuesday night in Elgin, that team was Rosary. The Royals turned up the jets in Game 3 and dominated St. Edward to come away with a 25-15, 24-26,...

Conference call — a look at how realignment is shaping up

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Lillie, St. Charles North shine on cloudy day

Sep 15 2014 | 8:10 pm - Kate Lillie is one of those golfers who doesn’t mind bad weather.So Monday was just what the doctor ordered for the St. Charles North sophomore. Lillie shot a 1-under par 34 to win the individual title and lead the North Stars to their...

Neuqua Valley holds off South Elgin

Sep 16 2014 | 9:35 pm - Momentum is a funny thing and sometimes it can be gained even through a loss. That’s what happened with the Neuqua Valley girls volleyball team at South Elgin Tuesday night. The Wildcats lost Game 1 of the Upstate Eight Conference Valley...

Elgin Sports Hall of Fame to induct five

Sep 10 2014 | 5:03 pm - The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will induct five new members as the Class of 2014 when it holds its annual induction ceremony and recognition banquet at The Centre of Elgin on Sunday, Nov. 2. Jennifer Kiefer Gumm, Doug Sanders, Frank...

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Marmion, St. Edward’s Mattas shine at Elgin Country Club

Sep 02 2014 | 9:57 pm - The Elgin Country Club golf course played nicely to one of its members and to a bunch of first-timers on Tuesday at the 18-team Country Club Invite, hosted by South Elgin. St. Edward junior Michael Mattas, an ECC member, shot a career-low 69 to win...

Tough opener for Teonic, Larkin

Aug 30 2014 | 7:47 pm - Dragan Teonic likes to think of himself as a glass half-full type of guy. So even though the scoreboard was weighted heavily against Larkin’s football team Saturday afternoon, the new Royals’ head coach was realistic and positive after...

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