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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    What. A. Finish! NT Soccer, LA LAX Win Titles To Cap Year in Episode 173

    It’s difficult to break down New Trier’s state-championship soccer victory, but we do our best. Senior Josie Noble helps out in the second quarter. Plus, Loyola girls lacrosse is still on top and LA volleyball makes history. We also recall our favorite memories from a super special school year.

    June 7, 2024
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    2 Teams to State, NT Baseball Heartbreak and Lots More in Episode 172

    Whew! Strap in for this episode; we have LOTS to cover: New Trier soccer and Loyola volleyball are state-bound, Trevians doubles champions, boys track state medalists, NT baseball’s tough ending, LA vs NT lacrosse battles and even more. You can’t miss this one.

    May 31, 2024
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    Track Stars, Soccer Rivals and Baseball W’s in Episode 171

    It is an insanely busy time on local fields, courts, diamonds and tracks. And the latter is where we start with big-time finishes at the IHSA girls track championships. Then, we recap a rivalry playoff soccer match, and New Trier senior Charlotte Dellin tells us more in the second quarter. We also talk (again) about New Trier baseball, which just can’t lose.

    May 23, 2024
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    NT Water Polo Back to State, NT Baseball Still Streaking in Episode 170

    New Trier boys water polo again makes the state finals on a quest for a third straight state title (episode was recorded prior to game on Thursday). We catch up with New Trier baseball, which has not lost in weeks; hear from New Trier softball coach Rose Wysocki; and preview girls state track and field.

    May 17, 2024
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    NT Soccer On A Run, Ex-LA Hooper Goes Out As Champ in Episode 169

    New Trier girls soccer seems to have clicked, much to the dismay of the field at the Naperville Invite. We break down the Trevians’ stingy winning streak. We also talk former Loyola star Julia Martinez and her success for Saint Louis University basketball. Plus, thoughts on baseball, water polo and more

     

    May 1, 2024
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    Loyola Spikes NT, NT Boots Evanston in Episode 168

    Loyola and New Trier met at the net this week with the Ramblers coming back for the rivalry win. We break it down, and coach Lionel Ebeling tells us more. On the pitch, the Trevians handed the rival Kits their first loss in a huge win. We talk about what it means for New Trier. Plus, NT baseball has not lost in about a month! We talk it out.

    April 26, 2024
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    NT Baseball Rips Off 8 Straight, Loyola Vball Finally Loses in Episode 167

    The Trevians have thrived since returning from spring break, winning eight in a row, and we talk about their dominant pitching staff and deep lineup. Loyola volleyball has been hot all year; thought, it took its first loss to drop to 17-1. We talk about how far the Ramblers could take it. All that plus signing day, a girls lacrosse rivalry and more.

    April 18, 2024
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    NT Baseball’s New Digs, HP’s Addie Budnik’s Big Year in Episode 166

    And we’re back after a 2-week spring break, and we hit the ground running with New Trier baseball, which has enjoyed its return home to a new field and a three-game winning streak. Coach Napoleon tells us more. And we talk about Highland Park hooper Addie Budnik, who led the Richmond Spiders to a historic season and NCAA tourney appearance.

    April 11, 2024
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    Green Goes Back2Back, A Hopeful Spring in Episode 165

    New Trier Green complete a dominant end-of-season run to capture its second straight state championship. We talk about the power squad and break down the title bout. Then, we flip the switch to spring and talk about early results plus some big — and realistic — hopes for some big teams.

    March 20, 2024
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    Trevians Hoops Punctuates Incredible Winter in Episode 164

    New Trier hoops made the North Shore proud once again concluding a third straight 30-win season with a second straight third-place trophy. We break down the state run and appearance and coach Scott Fricke tells us more. We also recap a spectacular winter season and spring ahead to our hopes for the next season.

    March 14, 2024
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