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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Football: Burlington Central tabs Melvin as hew head coach

May 17 2016 | 4:56 pm - Burlington Central High School named 1994 Larkin graduate Brian Melvin its new head football coach on Tuesday.

Softball: St. Edward’s Senior Night a booming success

May 04 2016 | 10:01 pm - St. Edward jumped to an 8-0 lead and defeated Wheaton Academy 8-4 Wednesday night in a Metro Suburban West softball game at Judson University in Elgin.

Softball: Dundee-Crown 2nd at Larkin Slugfest; St. Edward’s Zdroik throws perfect game

Apr 23 2016 | 9:31 pm - Dundee-Crown’s softball team finished second at the 23rd annual Larkin Slugfest Saturday, falling to Joliet West 9-3 in the championship game.

Softball: Allen happy to be back in high school game at Hampshire

Apr 20 2016 | 6:26 pm - When first-year Hampshire softball coach Kelly Wasilewski was seeking an assistant varsity coach, she didn’t have to look far to find a familiar face looking to get back into the high school game. Cray Allen, a veteran of the high school,...

Softball: St. Edward 2nd, Hampshire 3rd at Chicagoland Challenge

Apr 16 2016 | 9:17 pm - St. Edward finished second and Hampshire third Saturday at the 15th annual Chicagoland Challenge softball tournament, hosted by St. Edward at Anderson Park in Campton Hills.

Softball: From Elgin High to NPF, Perryman's career comes full circle

Apr 15 2016 | 9:15 pm - The crew at an Applebee's restaurant in St. Louis didn't know what was happening Thursday night, but the Perryman family sure did.

Softball: Scouting the Fox Valley

Mar 17 2016 | 1:38 pm - Scouting the Fox Valley area softball teams for 2016.

Benet finishes up 4A repeat

Mar 06 2016 | 12:22 am - Shaking off a sluggish first quarter in which it score just 3 points, Benet heated up in the second quarter and never let up, defeating top-ranked Fremd 42-39 for the Class 4A girls basketball championship at Redbird Arena in Normal. Benet (32-3)...

First position not to Villasin’s liking in 3-point contest finals

Mar 05 2016 | 5:34 pm - Prospect senior Angelina Villasin was the first of four shooters in Saturday’s Queen of the Hill 3-point Showdown finals in Redbird Arena. She made 7 of her 15 attempts and finished fourth.

Benet to face Fremd in championship game for second straight season

Mar 05 2016 | 12:50 am - Benet senior Kathleen Doyle scored 30 points, leading the Redwings back to the state championship game for a second consecutive season.

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