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: Dundee-Crown’s Ruggles commits to Loyola

Jun 19 2017 | 6:31 pm - Hard work and having good connections has paid off for Dundee-Crown senior-to-be Sydney Ruggles, who has committed to play softball on scholarship for Loyola University.

Softball: St. Charles North battles but falls to Oak Park

Jun 05 2017 | 10:33 pm - St. Charles North’s softball team fell to defending state champion Oak Park-River Forest 5-3 Monday night in the Class 4A Leyden supersectional at The Ballpark at Rosemont.

Softball: Erickson sparks Kaneland into sectional final

May 31 2017 | 9:57 pm - Kaneland’s softball team advanced to the Class 3A Sterling sectional championship game with a 10-5 win over Belvidere Wednesday.

Softball: West Aurora’s bats explode in 11-1 win over Yorkville

May 30 2017 | 9:01 pm - West Aurora’s softball team defeated Yorkville 11-1 in five innings Tuesday to advance to the championship game of the Class 4A Bolingbrook sectional.

Softball: St. Charles East blasts Lake Park for regional title

May 29 2017 | 3:13 pm - St. Charles East hit 4 home runs and defeated Lake Park 15-5 Monday to win the Class 4A Lake Park softball regional championship.

Softball: Belvidere ousts Burlington Central

May 27 2017 | 6:51 pm - Burlington Central’s softball team had its season ended Saturday with a 6-4 loss to host Belvidere in a Class 3A regional final.

Softball: Scouting the Fox Valley

Mar 17 2017 | 3:45 pm - Previewing the softball teams in the Fox Valley for 2017.

Krutwig, Jacobs just ‘super’ against Larkin

Mar 10 2017 | 10:44 pm - Senior Cameron Krutwig scored 20 points, had 24 rebounds, 12 blocks and 6 assists Friday night to lead the Golden Eagles to a 62-39 win over Larkin in the championship game of the Class 4A Elgin sectional.

Jacobs reaches Sweet Sixteen for first time in school history

Mar 09 2017 | 11:58 am - Jacobs’ boys basketball team defeated Hononegah 60-55 Wednesday night in the Class 4A Elgin sectional semifinals to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history.

Larkin dominant in knocking off Boylan

Mar 07 2017 | 11:50 pm - Larkin’s boys basketball team defeated Rockford Boylan 62-51 Tuesday night in the first semifinal of the Class 4A Elgin sectional.

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