The Varsity

The Varsity

No one covers North Shore prep sports like we do, and we take it even further in The Varsity, where our hosts use a four-quarter format to give you the latest news, stats and scores, as well as their takes. They also chat with a special guest in have fun along the way.

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    Gold Medal Grab and Summer Baseball Finale in Episode 90

    Current and former New Trier basketball standouts took their talents overseas and are returning with gold medals from the Maccabiah Games. We talk about the games and recap locals’ performances.
    We also chat about a soccer team’s unprecedented summer and the Wilmette Waves coming up short in the summer league title game.

    July 28, 2022
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    Title-Winning Trevs Coaches Ousted plus a Football Early Look in Episode 89

    New Trier lacrosse and hockey are two of the most successful programs related to the high school. And both will have new coaches next season. We talk about the news and why the programs have moved on.
    Then, we tackle football for the first time in 2022, as New Trier and Loyola work through summer camps and competition. We take early looks at the teams’ schedules and rosters.

    July 18, 2022
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    LAX Celebration and That’s A Wrap On Spring in Episode 88

    Local teams bring home two state championships from the state finals in Hinsdale Central, and we spend time celebrating New Trier girls and Loyola boys teams. Then, we hear from Trevians coach Pete Collins before a season-ending Way/No Way and recapping some of our favorite moments of the spring.

    June 16, 2022
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    Volleyball State-Bound, Ramblers Pitching ‘Wow’ And Much More in Episode 87

    We have some big-time performances to tell you about in this episode, starting with boys volleyball’s comeback win to earn a state berth. And how about Loyola pitcher Mackenzie Barry’s playoff dominance? We also recap Trevians tennis’s state trophy, New Trier baseball’s early ouster and much more in this jam-packed episode.

    June 9, 2022
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    Water Polo History And Playoff Smorgasbord in Episode 86

    We celebrate New Trier boys water polo for bringing home the first state title in program history and air our interview with coach David Rafftery-Flatter. We give plenty of kudos to the girls team and local track stars, like Maeve Kelly, for their state performances.
    Then, we sprint through the rest of the action and give you our thoughts on the most prolific two weeks in the HS sports season.

    May 27, 2022
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    Water Polo Surprise, Track Stars and More in Episode 85

    They say you can throw records out the window in rivalry matches, and that held true when New Trier met Evanston in a postseason girls water polo clash. On the boys side, the Trevs continued their dominant campaign with a sectional title.
    We also recap big-time finishes from local track and field athletes and hear from New Trier baseball player Henry Wolfe on the lead-up to the postseason.

    May 19, 2022
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    Baseball and Bass Fishing, Plus Playoff Seeds Dropped in Episode 84

    Loyola baseball runs into the teeth of its conference schedule and looks to regroup, while on the water New Trier dominates the bass fishing sectional. We recap the day and hear from coach Steve Gagliano.
    We finish by reviewing seeds in soccer and baseball in advance of postseason play.

    May 13, 2022
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    LAX Players Return; Coach Does Not. Plus, Soccer and More in Episode 83

    Eleven games into the season, New Trier boys lacrosse is back at full strength following a hazing investigation in March. Coach Herrala, however, is still not with the team. We report the latest. The rest of the spring sports are headed for the postseason already and we check in across the board and welcome Trevians girls lacrosse coach Pete Collins.

    May 5, 2022
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    Powerlifters’ Big Lift and Soccer Check-In in Episode 82

    New Trier Powerlifting is a school sport now and celebrated by winning a national championship — and not its first. We then hear from New Trier QB Nevan Cremascoli, the recipient of the prestigious Scholar-Athlete Award. Then, we go around the horn checking in on spring sports, focusing on New Trier and Loyola soccer in the potent Naperville Invite.

    April 29, 2022
North Shore News Week

North Shore News Week

Editor in Chief Joe Coughlin and Senior Editor Martin Carlino discuss the week in news on the North Shore, breaking down the why and how of the biggest headlines and giving you an inside look at our strategy in reporting on them.

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    ‘High’ West Nile risk, the Pickleball revolution and more in Episode 49

    The latest local report on the West Nile virus show a “high” risk of infections for humans — the highest it’s been in years. We also go through a couple local festivals before discussing the exponential growth of pickleball in the area and what local officials are doing about it.

    September 3, 2021
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    Church bus stolen, restrictions at Glencoe concert and more in Episode 47

    In this week’s top headlines, a bus that was recently purchased to transport senior citizens to church is stolen from a church parking lot and Glencoe officials announce COVID restrictions to its big concert featuring OAR. Plus, the story of Paws for Patrick and how it helps those enduring mental illness.

    August 21, 2021
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    New Trier announces its safety plan, and the curious case of all those Wilmette lawn signs in Ep. 46

    Joe and Marty break down New Trier High School’s COVID-19 mitigation plan for the 2021-22 school year to open the show. In our down the shore segment, we talk over some potential big changes at a notable park in Kenilworth and delve into who’s behind all those “Keep Gillson Green” lawn signs in Wilmette. We close out the show with a recap of a special afternoon on the golf course — all in the name of support for The Record.

    August 13, 2021
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    Face masks for the fall and a small Winnetka road with a long history in Ep. 45

    Local schools are beginning to confirm their plans for COVID-19 mitigation measures to start the 2021-22 school year following a mandate from Illinois’ top lawmaker. Joe and Marty discuss how the governor’s mask mandate will alter school district’s plans for the upcoming year. We detail a fun local story out of Winnetka, where a small road through New Trier’s campus has a long history — but not an accurate one. Our featured feature segment highlights The Record’s inaugural Youth in Journalism workshop that concluded last week.

    August 6, 2021
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    Township sees COVID surge due to Delta variant, Wilmette Village Board shows support for cannabis sales in Ep. 44

    Joe and Marty break down the latest local COVID-19 data, which is trending in the wrong direction due to the Delta variant of the virus. Our weekly down the shore segment is Wilmette-heavy, as we cover a new downtown eatery slated to open this fall and the village board’s budding support for allowing cannabis sales. Our featured feature segment highlights something local officials have never seen before.

    July 30, 2021
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    In with a new restaurant and out with a big name in Glencoe and more park board mysteries in Ep. 43

    Editorial Intern Alayne Trinko returns for another episode as the trio of hosts break down plans for a new restaurant coming to downtown Glencoe. Alayne, Marty and Joe also discuss the resignation of the longtime Writers Theatre director Michael Halberstam, another conundrum on the Wilmette Park Board and a local’s chance at Olympic glory.

    July 22, 2021
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    Drama at the Wilmette Theatre, changes at Winnetka Metra station, new dining additions in Episode 42

    Hosts Joe and Marty are joined by editorial intern Alayne Trinko, who makes her debut on North Shore News Week. The trio discusses the recent departure of four top leaders at the Wilmette Theatre. In this week’s Down the Shore segment, the team covers upcoming changes at the Winnetka Metra station, zoning disputes in Glencoe, budget discussions in Wilmette and more.

    July 15, 2021
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    Remembering former Township Supervisor Dr. Alan Goldberg, Fourth of July fun in Episode 41

    Joe and Marty pay tribute to the late Dr. Alan Goldberg, who served New Trier Township for decades. The hosts also recap Fourth of July festivities around the township, talk over a new summer treat in Glencoe and update listeners on the latest local news.

    July 9, 2021
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    Glencoe’s downtown dilemma, local environmentalist creates a buzz in Winnetka in episode 40

    Managing Editor Megan Bernard’s return to the podcast was so nice we did it twice. Megan joins the podcast once again alongside Marty to talk over a “complicated” issue in downtown Glencoe. Marty and Meg make their way through other North Shore news including an 11-year-old Winnetka resident ‘bee’ing the change she wants to see and a former Village President hoping to promote unity through a new book.

    July 2, 2021