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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Boys soccer: Elgin High cleared of illegal player allegations

Oct 16 2017 | 5:58 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 | 3:19 pm - Elgin High School’s varsity boys soccer program is being investigated for using an illegal player this season, violating IHSA rules.

Hunt named interim coach at Bartlett

Sep 28 2017 | 5:43 pm - Brad Hunt has been named the interim head girls basketball coach at Bartlett High School, Hawks’ athletic director Jeff Bral acknowledged on Thursday.

Detamble, staff resign at Harvest Christian Academy

Sep 28 2017 | 4:07 pm - Head coach Rich Detamble as well as his entire coaching staff has resigned from their positions in the girls basketball program at Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin.

Girls volleyball: St. Charles North makes quick work of St. Charles East

Sep 08 2017 | 8:51 pm - St. Charles North’s girls volleyball team rolled to a 25-14, 25-12 win over rival St. Charles East on Friday.

Elgin Sports Hall of Fame announces 5 new inductees

Sep 06 2017 | 5:49 pm - The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will has selected five former athletes/coaches for induction to the Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 5 when the organization holds its 37th annual induction ceremony and banquet at The Centre of Elgin.

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.

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