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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    IHSA optimism, a B1G transfer and a tribute to Dylan Buckner in Episode 16

    The IHSA hopes to have a sports schedule out by Jan. 27, while major sports voices apply pressure. We also hear from Max Rosenthal, the New Trier football alumnus who is coming home for his final two years, and we spend time remembering and celebrating the life of Glenbrook North student-athlete Dylan Buckner, while condemning those using his death as leverage.

    January 14, 2021
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    Inside a historic college football season and more in Episode 15

    The guys start by trying to explain the continued lack of information on the preps sports season, before summarizing host Michal Dwojak’s look at the experiences of four local football stars during the unprecedented college football season. We wrap things up talking about Loyola Academy’s slick new football field.

    January 7, 2021
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    2020 sports memories, state dodges IHSA again in Episode 14

    Before we reminisce, we discuss the latest on the return of sports, which once again is not much. Then, we explore the chaotic year in high school sports and highlight some happy moments before offering our resolutions for 2021.

    December 30, 2020
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    What’s next for Gates and our Christmas gifts to local programs in Ep. 13

    The IHSA is facing another lawsuit related and we review the Sun-Times’ report. Then, we explore the century of history at Gates Gym at New Trier as a teardown is considered. We finish by giving gifts to our athletics programs, like something to keep warm at the Munz campus!

    December 23, 2020
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    Can all sports really play in ’21? Signing day highlights and more in Ep. 12

    Our hosts discuss the latest news from the IHSA, which announced it still plans to play all sports this school year. Is it possible? How? What are the roadblocks? We then shift to Signing Day and some local football players ready for the next level.

    December 17, 2020
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    What we’re missing, bad-weather stories and an NHL guest in Episode 11

    Michal, Mart and Joe talk about what they’ve been missing most during this sports shutdown, leading to interesting weather stories. We also hear from former pro Tommy Wingels, who is back helping local hockey youth.

    December 10, 2020
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    Tell us something we don’t know IHSA — please, in Episode 10

    The IHSA made another non-announcement announcement, and our hosts urge the group to do more to to inspire hope with student-athletes. They also discuss potential future consequences of a year of no sports and Joe explains why hockey isn’t his thing

    December 3, 2020
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    Noncontact sports reax, breaking football news and more in Episode 9

    We break down Joe’s story on how noncontact sports dealt are dealing with the delay of winter sports and Joe breaks some football news about a star New Trier player. The guys also reminisce about the Loyola Academy championship two years ago and what may have been this week and weekend.

    November 26, 2020
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.