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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    It’s a Victory Pod! Three Gridiron W’s. Will They Do It Again? in Episode 97

    We go around the horn in victory formation! New Trier, Highland Park and Loyola all picked up weekend victories, and we give you the highlights. Then, we look ahead to see if they keep it going. Spoiler: We think so!
    Plus, we hear from Trevs junior Jackson McCarey and run through our other fall favorites in Way/No Way.

    September 28, 2022
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    Trevs Get One And Ramblers Get Another in Episode 96

    Finally. New Trier puts a tally in the win column. We look at how they did it and if more are coming. Loyola Loyola’d once again with a trouncing of Brother Rice in its opening battle. But does their defense need fine tuning? We talk about it and hear from Ramblers WR Declan Forde.
    We also run through LA boys golf’s big performance, Trevians soccer keeping it going and much more..

    September 22, 2022
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    How Good Is Loyola and Will Trevs Get First Win in Episode 95

    The Ramblers did it again, winning by 3+ scores to remain unbeaten. We discuss who can stop them and where Jake Stearney ranks among recent LA quarterbacks. It’s a different set of questions for New Trier, which is winless but has a big opportunity this week. And what can the Giants do against powerful Hersey?
    All of that, plus, we hear from Ramblers volleyball coach Mallory Thelander after her team’s big crosstown win over New Trier

    September 14, 2022
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    LA, HP Continue Success, New Trier Still Looking in Episode 94

    The Ramblers and Giants are off to hot starts on the gridiron, but the Trevians have yet to figure it out. We look into New Trier’s issues and when and if they can turn things around — also hearing from coach Brian Doll on the subject. We also take a peek at other fall action in the third quarter and predict Week 3 in the fourth.

    September 8, 2022
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    A Blowout, A Shutout & A Comeback: Week 1 and then some in Episode 93

    We break down opening day for our local teams: Loyola Academy, New Trier and Highland Park. We focus on the Ramblers putting on a show on ESPN’s High School Kickoff and also dive into the Trevians woes and what they can do to get on track. The Giants are aiming to move to 2-0, but can they keep it up?
    Plus, our early thoughts on soccer, golf and volleyball results.

    September 1, 2022
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    Football Preview Show: Breakdowns, Analysis and Predictions in Episode 92

    And away we go with another year of football on the North Shore. We give you everything you need to be ready for kickoff, as we dig deep into our local teams: New Trier, Loyola and Highland Park.
    We break it all down and give you our predictions on Week 1 matchups and season records. Ready, set, let’s goooo!

    August 25, 2022
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    Wrestlers, Swimmers and Maggie Lyon in Final Summer Pod, Episode 91

    We celebrate big-time summer performances from local wrestling and swimming stars in national competitions, and catch up with and hear from Maggie Lyon, New Trier grad and Northwestern asst. basketball coach.
    In the final period, we talk the new girls flag football league in town and tease next week’s football preview show.

    August 18, 2022
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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
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

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    Trevs Get One And Ramblers Get Another in Episode 96

    Finally. New Trier puts a tally in the win column. We look at how they did it and if more are coming. Loyola Loyola’d once again with a trouncing of Brother Rice in its opening battle. But does their defense need fine tuning? We talk about it and hear from Ramblers WR Declan Forde.
    We also run through LA boys golf’s big performance, Trevians soccer keeping it going and much more..

    September 22, 2022