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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Larkin hangs on to knock off Elgin

Dec 05 2017 | 9:56 pm - Larkin’s girls basketball team hung on for a 55-52 Upstate Eight River win over Elgin Tuesday night at Elgin’s Chesbrough Field House.

Dundee-Crown survives Huntley in OT

Dec 02 2017 | 6:39 pm - Dundee-Crown’s girls basketball team got past Huntley 30-27 in overtime in a Fox Valley Conference game Saturday.

Larkin pushes Whitney Young to limit before falling

Nov 24 2017 | 9:47 pm - Larkin’s boys basketball team split a pair of games at the Rockford Tip-Off Classic Friday, falling to defending Class 4A state champion Whitney Young 70-64 before coming back to defeat Rockford East 69-61.

Burlington Central (4-0) will play for tourney title again

Nov 18 2017 | 7:39 pm - Burlington Central’s girls basketball team moved to 4-0 for the season with Saturday’s 50-33 win over Belvidere North at the BC Thanksgiving tournament.

St. Charles North dumps Hampshire for first win

Nov 17 2017 | 9:24 pm - St. Charles North’s girls baksetball team won its first game of the season Friday night, defeating Hampshire 53-25 at the Hoffman Estates tournament.

Scouting the Fox Valley

Nov 16 2017 | 1:44 pm - Previewing the 2017-18 girls basketball season in the Fox Valley

White says this will be his final season as St. Edward’s coach

Nov 09 2017 | 8:26 pm - P.J. White has announced this will be his last season as St. Edward’s boys basketball coach.

Elgin Sports Hall of Fame banquet a welcome walk down Memory Lane

Nov 06 2017 | 7:06 pm - Walks down Memory Lane don’t happen often enough. So, it was a special evening Sunday at the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation’s 38th annual induction ceremony and recognition banquet at The Centre of Elgin.

Boys soccer: Elgin High cleared of illegal player allegations

Oct 16 2017 | 4:58 pm - Elgin High School and its boys soccer program has been cleared of last week’s allegations the Maroons were using an illegal player.

Boys soccer: Elgin High being investigated for using illegal player

Oct 12 2017 | 2:19 pm - Elgin High School’s varsity boys soccer program is being investigated for using an illegal player this season, violating IHSA rules.

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