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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    New Trier survives; Regina and LA are off to state in Episode 162

    The hardwood is hot, and we take you through the latest, including New Trier boys edging Loyola to stay alive, while the 36-0 Ramblers girls punched their state ticket on Monday night. Regina Dominican is on its way to state too. In the pool, we have a state champ diver in our midst while the Trevians race fast to second place at state and a Ramblers wrestler picks up another state medal.

    February 28, 2024
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    Loyola-Maine S. Hoops Classic, Star State Performances in Episode 161

    We give the morning-after report of a captivating sectional girls hoops battle between Loyola and Maine South on Thursday. The Ramblers pulled through in the final few minutes to keep their unbeaten season going. And coach Jeremy Schoenecker tells us more in Q2.
    But we’re not close to done. We recap state wrestling and gymnastics, each of which saw superstar efforts, and look ahead to boys hoops sectional rounds.

    February 23, 2024
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    Wild Regular Season Finish, Wrestlers Punch State Tickets in Episode 160

    We try to figure out Central Suburban South hoops and walk through all the realistic possibilities in sectional play. We also talk sectional wrestling and cheer on those who earned state berths. State qualifier Tagg Miller joins in the second quarter to tell us about his sectional success.

    February 14, 2024
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    600 Is A Lot of Wins, Gymnasts Hit At Sectional in Episode 159

    The celebration was on after New Trier hall of fame coach Teri Rodgers recorded her 600th win. We talk about her special career and impact on the game, and her from coach Rodg in the second quarter. We also recap a big night for Trevians gymnasts and a tough week for boys hoops.

    February 9, 2024
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    Hero Pregame at HPHS, Previewing Hoops Regular Season Finish in Episode 158

    Highland Park boys basketball welcomed a special guest to a recent game, honoring the veteran in a pregame ceremony. We talk about the details of the special night. And we go up and down court with check-ins for boys and girls hoops as the regular season sets for a fantastic finish.

    February 2, 2024
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    Ramblers Survive Kits, Trevs Gymnasts Looking Strong in Episode 157

    Three buzzer-beaters! Two work in Loyola’s favor in rivalry matchups with Evanston. The other does in New Trier boys against a tough Barrington squad. What does it mean for each?
    We also catch up with New Trier gymnasts who are putting up strong scores in hopes of qualifying for state in a couple weeks.

    January 25, 2024
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    The Marksmanship of NT Hoops, LA Girls Are 23-0! – Episode 156

    New Trier boys basketball again showed off its long-range shooting in a fun win over Chicago power Kenwood and coach Scott Fricke talks about how they make it happen, and on the girls side, Loyola’s good times keep rolling, with more big wins to remain unbeaten.

    January 19, 2024
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    Big wins for Loyola boys and for all girls hoops in Episode 155

    Loyola Academy made its eighth win a row a big one by besting Glenbrook North. We talk about what that means for the Ramblers — and for New Trier, which fell to GBN a day earlier. Then we turn to the girls game, which was in the spotlight last week thanks to the powerful Grow the Game Showcase. We recap and hear about it from Trevians senior Sela Klein.

     

    January 12, 2024
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    Holiday Hoops Breakdown, Favorite Stories of ’23 in Episode 154

    Winter break was busy for our local hoopers, and we take you through all the action, including New Trier’s three-point assault on in Pontiac and Loyola girls and boys collecting titles. Plus, Trevians girls did some damage of their own, and how about a Panthers title?
    We wrap up this episode by giving you our top three stories of 2023.

    January 4, 2024
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    Big W for New Trier Green, Trevs Hot in Arizona in Episode 153

    New Trier’s and Loyola’s top boys teams heated up the ice recently, taking their rivalry into a shootout. We talk about NT Green’s big victory and hear from coach Adam Charis.
    We also look at New Trier boys basketball’s successful trip to Arizona, where they collected a championship. Plus, more hoops and a holiday hoops preview, some football district talk and more.

    December 20, 2023
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