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John Radtke

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Elgin, IL, United States

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Past articles by John:

Patriots, Corsairs, Fillies make Lake County proud

It's funny how things work out sometimes. On December 30, had you asked Babbi Barriero and Ashley Graham if they envisioned their respective girls basketball teams would be playing against each other for the Class 4A state championship less than three months later, they would have both said they sure hoped so. → Read More

Retiring Streamwood coach Rosner made 'Beautiful Noise" for 40-plus years

If you've ever been to a Streamwood girls basketball game, then you know that Sabres' coach George Rosner is a big fan of iconic musician Neil Diamond. Rosner blares Diamond music during every practice -- and even at games now and then -- and has been for 40-plus years. Rosner is retiring from coaching at the end of the Sabres' season. → Read More

COVID-19 issues cause change to football schedules again

COVID-19 has caused more changes to the football schedule in the Daily Herald area. St. Edward's scheduled home game against St. Francis on Friday night has been cancelled due to a positive COVID case within the St. Edward program, Green Wave athletic director P.J. White confirmed Thursday afternoon. → Read More

Welcome back to high school sports, but with a dose of caution

It's OK to be excited about the return of high school sports, but it also must be with an abundance of caution, as the coronavirus remains a concern. → Read More

Masks required for all indoor high school sports

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an update to the state's All-Sports Policy Wednesday requiring masks to be worn for all indoor IHSA athletic events regardless of vaccination status. → Read More

COVID 19 cancels season-high 12 area football games

At least 12 high school football games scheduled for the final week of the six-week IHSA spring season have been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. → Read More

With excitement

It's been 473 days since the last high school football game was played in Illinois. That ends Friday. → Read More

Taking a look at how the football playoffs are shaping up heading into Week 8

Since August 27, when the high school football season kicked off, anyone and everyone who cares about high school football has had October 23 circled on their calendars. October 23 is IHSA pairings night and for the first time in two years, there will be playoffs, and today we take a look at how things are shaping up heading into Week 8. → Read More

Looking back, it's so much better to look ahead

March 12, 2020. If you follow high school sports, it should take a nanosecond to remember that day. It was a Thursday. Eight boys basketball teams, including Aurora Christian and Timothy Christian, were in Peoria for the Class 1A and Class 2A state finals to be played the next two days. Many more Class 3A and Class 4A teams statewide were concluding practices for sectional finals the next night.… → Read More

Ray Haley, Larkin's first AD and football coach, dies at 92

Ray Haley, Larkin High School's first football coach and athletic director, died June 18. He was 92. → Read More

Presenting the 2021 Daily Herald All-Area football teams

Wheaton North's Mark Forcucci, Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan, Maine South's Mike Sajenko and Warren's Maurice Edwards are the captains of the 2021 Daily Herald All-Area football teams. → Read More

Here's how the DVC can make things right for Naperville football

The annual Naperville Central vs. Naperville North football game, played in many years at North Central College in Naperville and scheduled for Saturday at North, has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. → Read More

Scotty Miller's dad: 'He failed every eye test when he was 17'

Even though their seats were in the rafters of Lambeau Field in Green Bay last Sunday, the cheers from Scott and Kristy Miller were likely heard all the way back in Barrington. → Read More

Return of sports also comes with challenges

The high school sports community woke up Thursday morning to another new world. → Read More

Game on: High school sports to resume, including basketball soon and football in March

It's game on for high school sports, but in a way the state has never seen. The Illinois High School Association on Wednesday released a calendar for the remainder of the 2021 portion of the school year. Most notably, basketball competition can begin for schools in regions that have reached Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, after those schools have conducted seven practices. → Read More

Game on. High school sports, including basketball, set to resume.

It's game on for high school sports, but in a nontraditional way we've never seen. → Read More

Taking a look at the most important things the IHSA board will need to address Wednesday

When the Illinois High School Association's board of directors meet Wednesday, it will be their most significant decision-making session since the COVID-19 pandemic hit a year ago. → Read More

Former Larkin coach Cannata passes away at 73

Dominick Cannata, who coached high school basketball for more than 30 years, including 20 as head coach at Larkin High School in Elgin, died Jan. 15 after a long battle with cancer. → Read More

IDPH issues new sports guidelines; all sports allowed for regions in Phase 4

Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said on Friday that all regions in Illinois that reach Phase 4 of COVID-19 mitigations can play all high school sports, including basketball. → Read More

With mitigation changes, here's what's next for high school sports

With Monday's changes to Illinois' tier mitigations, high school gymnastics, swimming, badminton, bowling, cheerleading and dance have been cleared to begin competitions across the suburbs. → Read More