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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    Crown ‘Em! Loyola Football State Title Celebration in Episode 106

    They did it — just like they said they would. The Loyola Academy Ramblers are state champions. We start by talking through how they pulled off the 13-3 title win over Lincoln-Way East, then discuss the season that was, some of the top moments and players. We hear from some of the players and answer the big questions, like was this the best Loyola championship team.

    November 30, 2022
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    State Prep: Loyola-Lincoln-Way East — What You Need to Know in Episode 105

    Loyola left no doubt in a semifinal victory over previously unbeaten York. We start there, recapping the 30-3 romp in Elmhurst, before turning our sights to the state title matchup with top-seeded Lincoln-Way East. We hear from both coaches and give our keys to victory. Don’t miss this one.

    November 23, 2022
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    Ramblers Get 12-0 Dukes, Plus Your Local Swim Champs in Episode 104

    Using an early scoring blitz, Loyola tamed the Lions and is moving on to another state semifinals. The unbeaten Dukes are waiting in Elmhurst. We discuss how the Ramblers can knock off York and advance to the state championship.
    Plus, we break down the Trevians’ second straight swimming state title in the pool and hear from coach Mac Guy.

    November 17, 2022
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    Ramblers Quarterfinal Prep, NT Swim’s Repeat Bid in Episode 103

    Two down, three to go in Loyola Academy’s quest for a football state championship. We recap the Ramblers ground assault in a Round 2 victory and look forward to a matchup with 9-2 Lyons in Round 3.
    We also talk cross-country and swimming postseason finales and hear from New Trier volleyball coach Hannah Hsieh about her young group’s season.

    November 10, 2022
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    Ramblers With Win and Loss in Round 1, plus Field Hockey Dynasty in Episode 102

    It is onto Round 2 for Loyola Academy, but the Ramblers are moving on without one of their top playmakers. We talk about how LA adjusts to the loss of RB Will Nimesheim and a long road trip. And we give plenty of attention to the field hockey state champs for New Trier. Senior Honor Roberts helps us tell the story of the dominant Trevians. Plus, soccer, volleyball and cross-country sectionals, oh my!

    November 2, 2022
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    Week 9 Heartstoppers and 8A bracket preview in Episode 101

    The football was good this past weekend in the North Shore. Loyola and Mt. Carmel put on a show in a fight for the best team in Illinois, while New Trier and Maine South took their rivalry battle to overtime with a playoff spot on the line. We break it all down, plus hear from Ramblers QB Jake Stearney and tip our cap to second-place Trevians tennis.

    October 26, 2022
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    LA vs MC: A Juggernaut Preview; NT and HP fight for their seasons, in Episode 100

    We’ve been asking for it all season, and it is finally here: Loyola vs. Mt. Carmel. No. 1 vs. No. 2. 8-0 vs. 8-0 with pride, glory and the Catholic League Blue on the line. In the 4th quarter, we give you the goods on the matchup, as well as if New Trier and Highland Park can save their seasons.
    Before that, we recap Week 8, hear from Giants coach Kopp and run thru results from plenty other fall sports.

    October 19, 2022
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    Trevs’ Playoff Hopes Dim, HP Knocking At Door in Episode 99

    The inexperience of the Trevians was laid bare by the visiting Titans. Mike and Joe break down the closer-than-it-appears loss and NT’s fading playoff chances. Highland Park, though, gets another win and is close to qualifying. Loyola gets a scare, but pushes through at Providence.
    Plus, we tee up a state champ: Trevs golf coach Pete Drevline joins us to talk about the team’s state title.

    October 12, 2022
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    Escape Artistry by LA, NT; Golfers drive on to state in Episode 98

    Both the Ramblers and Trevians faced road tests and road deficits. We talk about their comeback wins and what it means going into the home stretch. NT QB Patrick Heneghan tells us about it, as well. Highland Park got in its own way in a rivalry showdown in Deerfield. Can they rebound for a state push? And the state golf tournaments will feature plenty of local standouts. Will one or more bring home hardware?

    October 5, 2022
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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
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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    Botanic Garden plants the seeds for change, something special brewin’ in Wilmette in Episode 39

    Managing Editor Megan Bernard makes her triumphant return to North Shore News Week in a jam-packed episode. Acting host Marty Carlino and Megan detail some big changes coming to the Chicago Botanic Garden and break the news on a big-name act coming to Glencoe.

    June 24, 2021
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    Remembering Samantha Cerrone, Fourth bashes return in Episode 38

    Marty and Joe report on the tragic passing of 16-year-old Samantha Cerrone. Marty shares a couple updates on ongoing projects in the area. We have a coyote warning and Fourth of July celebrations are returning this summer.

    June 17, 2021
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    NTHS book controversy, a local Capitol-riot arrest and more in Episode 37

    Parents converged on a recent New Trier HS board of education meeting to debate the merits of a reading-list novel, “Two Boys Kissing,” a local man was arrested for his alleged involvement at the Capitol on Jan. 6, and we talk about a local sandwich invention: The Bollito.

    June 11, 2021
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    In-person ceremonies bring out community and more in Episode 36

    It was a spirited weekend along the North Shore, as significant in-person events returned. Residents gathered at Memorial Day ceremonies, and local high school seniors graduated in front of family, friends and classmates. All that, plus, an update on a prized Winnetka storefront and increased parking fines in Wilmette

    June 3, 2021
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    Controversial display explained, Caddyshack incoming and more in Episode 35

    Wilmette residents and village officials were outraged this week by a resident’s front-window display. We break it down, including what the resident had to say. In business news, a scoop on a new restaurant possibly coming to town nearly broke our website! And how about a duckling rescue for good measure

    May 27, 2021
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    Vaccine efforts for 12-15, school mask update and more in Episode 34

    We break down the latest in relation to COVID-19, which includes vaccines available to 12 and up and New Trier’s numbers and mask update. We also talk go-karts, a golf outing and firefighting in Colombia.

    May 19, 2021