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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Burlington Central gets important win over Sycamore

May 02 2015 | 7:33 pm - Saturday nonconference games are often used for experimenting with lineups and giving players who don’t get a lot of playing time during the week a chance to show what they can do. That was not the case at Sycamore on Saturday, when...

South Elgin notches UEC Valley win over Glenbard East

May 02 2015 | 12:22 am - The South Elgin softball team didn’t beat Glenbard East Friday because of great hitting, defense or pitching. While the Storm did get enough of those three elements, what they did best was take advantage of their opportunities, which Glenbard...

Glenbard South powers past St. Edward

Apr 28 2015 | 8:42 pm - It would be fair to say that Glenbard South’s softball team won Tuesday’s game on Monday. After facing Plainfield Central sophomore standout Brooklyn Daly in a nonconference game on Monday, the Raiders teed off on St. Edward junior and...

South Elgin’s Smith commits to Central Michigan

Apr 27 2015 | 3:50 pm - Matt Smith saw firsthand the excitement that comes with being recruited to play Division I basketball when his older sister, Becca, was starring at South Elgin High School before earning a scholarship to play at Loyola, where she just completed her...

Larkin savors first win over Elgin since 2010

Apr 24 2015 | 10:07 pm - The Elgin-Larkin softball rivalry has gone decidedly in Elgin’s favor the past several years. How much so? Entering Friday’s game at Elgin, the Maroons had won nine straight over their crosstown rivals by a collective score of 89-7.

West Aurora plays bombs away with Bartlett

Apr 23 2015 | 8:38 pm - West Aurora’s softball team came into Bartlett Thursday riding high on confidence after beating Waubonsie Valley in 10 innings on Wednesday. The Blackhawks used that momentum to notch another big win, pounding out 13 hits including 3 home...

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

Apr 18 2015 | 10:37 pm - Even though St. Edward’s softball team didn’t win its own Chicagoland Challenge tournament for the second year in a row Saturday, Green Wave coach Jaci Corn wasn’t unhappy with her team’s performance. After beating...

St. Edward hoping to defend Chicagoland Challenge title

Apr 17 2015 | 9:16 pm - Saturday’s Chicagoland Challenge softball tournament promises to be just that — a challenge — for the seven participating teams. One of the challenges for all the teams involved in the tournament will be depth. It’s ACT...

Stratman’s hit sparks St. Edward past Wheaton Academy

Apr 16 2015 | 8:29 pm - Many top athletes thrive when the pressure is on. Count St. Edward junior Allie Stratman among them. After frustrating strikeouts in her first 2 at-bats, Stratman delivered a clutch RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to spark...

Larkin names Knapp new girls basketball coach

Apr 16 2015 | 7:32 pm - Larkin High School has turned to one if its own to lead the Royals’ girls basketball program. Steve Knapp, a 2002 Larkin graduate who has been coaching with Larkin’s boys basketball program the past four years, was named Thursday as the...

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