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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    Rambler dominate, Trevs trip and a classic volleyball bout in Episode 51

    What was supposed to be a tight CCL battle turned into a Loyola rout. What impressed us most and can Brother Rice give the Ramblers a better game on the road? New Trier can’t hold back Barrington for its first loss. Will the Trevs rebound at Conant? And what about volleyball? Loyola and New Trier put on a show with a special finish.

    September 16, 2021
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    More domination on the gridiron and from Loyola volleyball in Episode 50

    Loyola and New Trier were not very nice to their football visitors over the weekend. Michal and Joe discuss just how good these 2-0 teams are as they approach their biggest tests so far in Week 3. And we don’t forget about Loyola Academy volleyball and its 13-0 start to the season.

    September 9, 2021
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    A Victory Pod: Dominant football openers, plus NT-LA on the pitch in Episode 49

    The Trevians and Ramblers did work on opening weekend of high school football, both running away with victories. We break down what we saw, what we still need to see and what’s ahead for the 1-0 teams.
    We also recap a thrilling soccer match between the local rivals, who happen to be among the state’s best.

    September 2, 2021
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    Football Primer 2021: Team breakdowns, predictions, more in Episode 48

    Michal and Joe dive deep into the lineups of New Trier and Loyola football teams and analyze what you can expect on the field. Who is back, who’s new, who and what to watch and so much more. They end things with predictions on the season and on Week 1.

    Let’s Goooooo.

    August 27, 2021
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    Golf Galore and Which Locals to Watch in College Football in Episode 47

    The high school sports season is back in the swing of things thanks to area golfers. New Trier girls are focused, while the boys are deep. What are their chances?
    We also talk college football guys, like Illini transfer Jack Badovinac and other locals to watch this fall.

    August 19, 2021
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    How will mitigation measures impact fall sports? And our picks for some must-see athletes in Ep. 46

    Michal, Joe and Marty detail how local mitigation measures, including new required testing protocols at New Trier for unvaccinated individuals, might alter the fall sports season. Joe breaks down the rule infraction that cost Maggie Shea a shot at Olympic glory — and we read a statement from the Wilmette native on her time in Tokyo. We close out the show with a special second half where we discuss just a few of the many athletes we’re looking forward to covering this fall season.

     

    August 12, 2021
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    Masks required for indoor sports, a tough Olympic end and fall season preview in Ep. 45

    Michal, Joe and Marty break down the latest announcement from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker stating that masks are required for indoor sports — regardless of vaccination status. We end the first period by updating listeners on the tough end to Maggie Shea’s Olympic debut. Andy Parry, head coach of the national-championship-winning FC United joins the show in the second quarter to break down the club’s historic run. The show concludes with a preview of the upcoming fall sports season.

    August 5, 2021
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    New Trier’s Fiegen drops 51, Trevs LAX coach pilots youth program and summer baseball ends in Ep. 44

    The Wilmette Waves’ hopes for an Illinois Summer Baseball League title came crashing down at the hands of Evanston — but the local team still had quite the impressive summer. The guys discuss New Trier junior Jake Fiegen, who delivered the game of a lifetime last week, dropping 51 points for his summer team. We close out the show by highlighting a new youth lacrosse program from Trevs coach Tom Herrala.

    July 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