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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Huge comeback, date with state for St. Edward

Feb 20 2017 | 9:38 pm - Down 29-15 at halftime, St. Edward’s girs basketball team roared back to beat Illiana Christian 49-46 Monday night in the Class 2A supersectonal at Concordia University in River Forest.

Scouting next week’s postseason action in the Fox Valley

Feb 18 2017 | 8:17 pm - Here’s what to expect from the ongoing girls basketball postseason in the Fox Valley.

Ninth straight regional crown for Geneva

Feb 17 2017 | 9:43 pm - Geneva’s girls basketball team won its ninth straight regional title Friday night, defeating York 54-30 for the Class 4A title at Hoffman Estates.

Streamwood stuns South Elgin; Rosner notches win No. 400 with Sabres

Feb 16 2017 | 10:08 pm - Streamwood girls basketball coach George Rosner picked up his 400th win at Streamwood as the fifth-seeded Sabres upset No. 1 seed South Elgin 59-47 to win the Class 4A Larkin regional championship Thursday night.

Harvest Christian rolls into 1A sectional final

Feb 14 2017 | 9:23 pm - Harvest Christian’s girls basketball team advanced to its own Class 1A sectional final with a 58-25 win over Chicago Hope Academy Tuesday night in Elgin.

Kyles eclipses 2,000 as Larkin tops Jacobs in OT

Feb 13 2017 | 10:13 pm - Larkin senior Marlee Kyles scored the 2,000th point of her girls basketball career Monday night as the Royals defeated Jacobs 70-65 in overtime in the opening round of the Class 4A Larkin regional.

Batavia shuts down Kyles, Larkin

Feb 10 2017 | 9:18 pm - Batavia held Larkin’s Marlee Kyles to 16 points Friday night in a 57-40 Upstate Eight River girls basketball game.

Dundee-Crown tops Hampshire; FVC now in 4-way tie

Feb 06 2017 | 10:35 pm - Dundee-Crown’s girls basketball team moved into a four-way tie for first place in the Fox Valley Conference with a 49-44 win over Hampshire Monday night, D-C’s seventh straight win.

Cary-Grove downs Hampshire to tighten FVC race

Feb 04 2017 | 7:34 pm - Cary-Grove tightened up the Fox Valley Conference girls basketball race Saturday with a 37-28 win at Hampshire.

Battling cancer, Harvest Christian grad Castro remains positive, hopeful

Feb 03 2017 | 9:06 pm - Paulina Castro has gone through more than your normal 18-year old, both on and off the basketball court. But you wouldn’t know it by talking to her.

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