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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.

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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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...

Social media message hasn't changed — use it wisely

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Wheeling to host national softball tourney

Aug 25 2014 | 2:13 pm - The Amateur Softball Association will hold its men’s Class A 16-inch national slow pitch championship tournament at Wheeling’s Heritage Park beginning Friday. The draw for the 32-team tournament will be held Thursday evening with the...

Radtke: High school sports do matter

Aug 25 2014 | 2:32 pm - A Facebook post I saw a couple of weeks ago made me laugh. The author questioned why so many people “go gaga” over high school sports. “Kids should be focusing on getting good grades and becoming productive members of society who...

Judson names Venus Taylor new softball coach

Aug 18 2014 | 9:13 pm - Judson University was no stranger to Venus Taylor, who was an assistant coach with the Chicago Bandits when the Bandits played at the Elgin college. So when Becky Pearl left the Judson softball job after 10 years to become the head coach at Lewis...

Jacobs tabs O’Brien as new softball coach

Aug 15 2014 | 5:06 pm - Talk about a no-brainer. New Jacobs athletic director Jeremy Bauer made it official on Friday — Katie O’Brien is the Golden Eagles’ new head softball coach, succeeding Bauer himself. Could it have been anyone else? Not likely.

Hampshire star's major-league dream comes true with Padres

Jul 24 2014 | 6:26 am - There's talking about living the dream, and then there's actually doing it. Jake Goebbert is doing it. After over 2,000 at-bats in the minor leagues the Hampshire graduate finally got his opportunity to wear a major league baseball uniform a little...

St. Edward’s Ramirez defied the odds

Jun 12 2014 | 1:08 pm - There was a time not so long ago when Monica Ramirez let being small get into her head. No more. At 5 feet, 1 inch tall and barely 100 pounds, Ramirez became one of the area’s premier girls soccer players. After fighting through injuries the...

Softball: Fox Valley All-Area team

Jun 12 2014 | 1:17 pm - Presenting the 2014 Fox Valley all-area softball team.

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