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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    Run over: Loyola’s quest, win streak ends while hoops begins in Episode 62

    Loyola got more than it could handle in the red-hot Porters from Lockport, which brought its balanced attack to Wilmette. We talk glowingly about the Ramblers and their 18-1 record in 2021.
    Then, we switch our focus to the hardwood, where New Trier and Loyola have taken the floor. We tell you what to expect.

    November 26, 2021
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    Ramblers survive 3-0 slog and Trevians swim/dive back on top in Episode 61

    What was that? Loyola and Lincoln-Way East duked it out for 48 minutes on Hoerster Field with the Ramblers clinging to a 3-0 victory. Another south-suburban stud comes to town in Lockport. We talk about how Loyola can handle the Porters. Plus, we break down a historic NTHS swimming championship and hear from coach Mac Guy on the championship weekend.

    November 17, 2021
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    Ramblers Ground RedHawks. Can They Cage Griffins? in Episode 60

    We didn’t see that coming. Mike’s and Joe’s predictions were way off for Round 2, as Loyola dominated host Naperville Central in postseason play. We regroup and tell you what to expect with the Lincoln-Way East Griffins coming to town.

    November 11, 2021
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    Hectic finales, a playoff bummer and a tennis surprise in Episode 58

    New Trier nearly clawed all the way back from a 28-point deficit Friday, while Loyola squeaked out a win on the road to finish 9-0. We break down how it all happened before diving opinions-first into the playoff brackets — begging for a system that doesn’t allow for a rerun in the first round, among other things.

    October 27, 2021
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    Big-time regular-season finales and field hockey ready to go in Episode 57

    We touch on efficient wins for New Trier and Loyola football, but focus the major matchups in Week 9. Can the Trevs pull off a shocker, and will Loyola clinch the postseason’s top seed? That and much more at play in the final week. Plus, New Trier field hockey is the *No. 3* seed in the playoff tournament. They aren’t playing like it.

    October 21, 2021
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    Trevs’ tough one, Ramblers’ quick one & golf trophies in Episode 56

    A valiant comeback effort for New Trier came up short Friday night. What happened and we preview a must-win this week. Loyola outmatched visiting Providence and will probably do the same this week. We also chat about near-misses at the state golf tournament.

    October 15, 2021
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    Trevs exercise demons, Ramblers get tricky, golfers to state in Episode 55

    New Trier needed a victory like this: a 63-7 rout of visiting Glenbrook North on homecoming night. What’s that mean for a marquee matchup vs. GBS? As for Loyola, its special teams unit pulled off some trickery to ensure a 12th straight win. And we look at this week’s state golf tournaments and all the North Shore talent that will be there.

    October 7, 2021
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    A heartstopper for the Ramblers, a must-win for the Trevs and more in Episode 54

    We break down another interesting Friday night for our local football teams, as Loyola Academy squeaks by Fenwick with a walkoff field goal, while New Trier gets bowled over by Evanston — the first time the ‘Kits have beaten the Trevs in a decade.
    We also hear from James Kyle, a promising football recruit who may have a shot to return to the field, and we talk tennis.

    September 29, 2021
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