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Trevs stick it to Ramblers, 'Kits edge Trevs and hyping the War on the Shore in Ep. 72

The guys start with how penalties couldn't stop New Trier Green from lighting up Loyola Gold on the ice in another round of the rowdy rivalry. On the hardwood, two powers collided in Evanston, with New Trier leaving empty-handed. Coach Scott Fricke talks after the loss. In the third quarter, more hockey as the Mikes play Way/No Way, and to finish things off we tell you why, if you love hoops and charity, you should check out the talent-packed War on the Shore this weekend.


Elite swimmers square off, hoops playoff and NT v. Evanston previews in Ep. 71

They're back! Student-athletes that is after a well-deserved winter break, and they dove right in with a star-studded swim meet in Evanston. The Mikes break down what the results in the first quarter. In the second, we hear from GBN wrestler George Papagianopoulos on his and his team's solid season, and in the third, Mikey Woj gives his predictions on the basketball postseason in Way/No Way. To finish things off, the guys preview a North Shore classic doubleheader, with New Trier and...


Holiday hoops recap, best of '18, the pitfalls of football 'districting' and more in Ep. 70

Hello, 2019! We are back with a feisty episode, which the Mikes begin by talking holiday hardwood, specifically big W's for Loyola boys and GBS girls, a power-packed Pontiac classic for New Trier boys, and GBS boys holding their own in Wheeling. If you are confused about the IHSA's passed measure to change football scheduling, you are not alone. Fast-forward to the fourth quarter where the Mikes break it down and explore their confusion and potential downfalls of the plan. In between, we...


Rolling a perfecto, a NT comeback and your holiday hoops primer in Ep. 69

Run the high school sports gamut with the Mikes! Our hosts start at the lanes with an update on local bowling, including a perfect game out of Glenbrook North. The conversation switches to basketball, where New Trier picked itself up to finish off GBS late. Coach Teri Rodgers tells us all about it. Mikey Woj plays Way/No Way with wrestling, giving predictions on our teams' chances come playoff time, and to finish things off, the Mikes preview holiday basketball tournaments.


Gymnastics primer, talking HOF'rs and swimming predictions in Ep. 68

The early-season Spartan Classic gave the Mikes a good idea at the girls gymnastics landscape, and they delve into the rosters of NT, GBN, GBS and LF. Two locals landed in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and we hear from Dave Weber, who coached one of them: GBN's Jon Scheyer. Then, in the second half, they take a look at boys swimming teams and play Way/No Way for their postseason chances.


NT-LA play nice on the ice, GBS pulls major upset and more in Ep. 67

The New Trier-Loyola Academy rivalry was back in action on the ice this past week, but the teams played nice off it, raising big money for charity. Also, and this is not a drill, Glenbrook South pulled a huge hardwood upset, topping highly ranked Evanston behind a big game from their junior star. We hear from the Titans coach. In the second half, the Mikes talk more hockey in Way/No Way, and preview the basketball season for both genders. Then, they go to overtime to break down the...


Ode to a Champion: Loyola coach and players join this special Ep. 66

The champ is here! The Mikes welcome special, championship guests with Loyola Academy coach John Holecek and five student-athletes from the 2018 IHSA Class 8A state champion football team. In this special episode, we talk to the Ramblers about their title win over league rival Brother Rice, being the underdog and "grinders," their Revenge Tour, their coach's future and so much more. You can't miss this one.


Ramblers state-bound — again, unveiling of area's best football stars in Ep. 65

It's title-time once again, folks! The Loyola football squad is returning to state for the fourth straight year. This time, taking the long road with a huge upset win over defending champ Lincoln-Way East. We got the skinny on that battle, plus a primer for a rematch with unbeaten Brother Rice with some words from LA coach John Holecek. There's even more in this show, as we unveil our Football Team22 (all-area team), naming the best of the North Shore on offense and defense. The Mikes also...


Rolling Ramblers drop Hawks, ready for champs (LW East); and Team22 volleyball reveal in Ep. 64

Whos' next? Playoff Loyola is all business right now, taking care of Maine South in the quarterfinals to set up a championship rematch with Lincoln-Way East, which has not lost since Obama was president! We got all you need for the big game, including an interview with longtime Griffins beat writer Jon Depaolis. And yes, there's more. We spend the second quarter announcing our Team22 (all-area team) for girls volleyball and name the player and coach of the year. You don't wanna miss this...


Rivals Loyola-Maine S. to do battle and our Team 22 Boys Soccer Reveal in Ep. 63

Loyola Academy marches on after handling previously unbeaten Oswego, setting up a HUGE quarterfinal bout with rival Maine South. The Mikes break down the Ramblers winning streak (1st quarter) and finish (4th quarter) by previewing the big matchup with the Hawks. ALSO: We announce our annual all-area team, Team22, for boys soccer, as well as the sport's player and coach of the year. Your guy make the cut? There's even more in this jam-packed show as we run down how the girls volleyball...


Loyola still standing, Scouts hang tough, NT & GBN run over in Ep. 62

A rough-and-tumble Round 1 of the IHSA playoffs left just one area team standing, as Loyola Academy outgunned Minooka. Otherwise, Lake Forest was edged by Phillips, while New Trier and Glenbrook North couldn't stop big running attacks. In the second quarter, we hear from Trevs coach Brian Doll on the loss and on a 7-3 season. In the third, the Mikes play Way/No Way with the state swimming meet coming up, and we need Overtime to discuss a field hockey state title bout and intense girls...


The Scouts' surge, the playoff primer and Woj vs. the IHSA in Ep. 61

The Mikes offer Lake Forest an apology after writing the team off before the Scouts upset win over Stevenson to clinch a playoff berth. They also go over Week 9 results before talking to LFHS coach Bob Spagnoli on his team's W and its tough matchup with Phillips. In Quarter 3, they play Way/No Way with girls volleyball postseason predictions, and to finish up regulation, its the playoff primer: insight an analysis on all postseason opener's for Loyola, New Trier, Glenbrook North and Lake...


Trevs can't finish, GBN punches ticket, state golf controversy and more in Ep. 60

The Mikes talk an upset bid that stalled in the first half, the Ramblers getting a big fifth win and the Spartans clinching a playoff berth. Then, we hear from GBN coach Bob Pieper on his team's impending return to the postseason. In the third quarter, Mikey Woj ponders the state tennis finals this weekend, answering if the North Shore can expect a state championship. Then, the Mikes preview big games as New Trier and GBN seek their seventh wins and Loyola its sixth, while Lake Forest plays...


Weather and news stall games, Trevs gunning for the Hawks and more in Ep. 59

It was a weird weekend as many North Shore football games were affected by severe weather rolling through, while many games area-wide were affected by one of the biggest court decisions in Chicago history. We break down the outcomes. Then, we hear from New Trier coach Brian Doll on his team's upcoming, conference-defining battle with Maine South. Can the Trevs pull the upset? In the third quarter's Way/No Way, the Mikes explore the volleyball postseason, and in the fourth quarter, they...


The Varsity: North Shore — League rivals collide, Loyola at .500 and more in Episode 58

The oldest rivalry in Illinois HS football hit the gridiron for another big tilt, as New Trier proved it still has bragging rights in the CSL South. In the North, GBN marched to its fourth win over neighbor Highland Park. Loyola, however, was tripped up late by unbeaten Montini and fell to 3-3 for the first time in a long time. We hear from coach John Holecek on his team's slow start to 2018. Then, the Mikes play Way/No Way with state golf as the topic, and in the fourth quarter, we give you...


The Varsity: North Shore — CSL N. drama, CSL S. blowouts and FC United cleans house in ep. 57

The Mikes tackle an important week in North Shore football, where Glenbrook North meets its match and Highland Park gets challenged in the CSL North. Over in the CSL South, GBS puts a W on the board while New Trier finds a running clock. And Loyola gets its QB back! We hear from Titans coach Schoenwetter on how his team won its first game in blowout fashion, then Mikey Woj spends Way/No Way thinking about boys soccer playoffs. In a special overtime period, the Mikes discuss the ongoing...


The Varsity: North Shore — Roundtable on who's on track, who's off it at halfway point in Ep. 56

Yes, it's true: The high school football season is about halfway through already! In honor of the occasion, the Mikes welcome all of our beat writers in studio for a special roundtable discussion about North Shore football after four games. Can Loyola rebound? Are Lake Forest and GBN for real?Does New Trier have what it takes to compete in CSL South? And much, much more. Get insight you won't find anywhere else in this special episode.


The Varsity: North Shore — 'Scout'ing win No. 1, an upset by inches and more in ep. 55

From a new, state-of-the-art studio, the two Mikes break down a dramatic Week 3 across North Shore football. Lake Forest picks up its first win, while Loyola loses its first but by literal inches! We hear from GBN coach Bob Pieper on his banged-up team's first loss; then, Mikey Woj plays Way/No Way by 'field'ing some field hockey questions. Finally, we preview the weekend with an intense slate of games as Loyola, New Trier and others try to get a big third win heading into conference play.


The Varsity: North Shore — A rivalry thrashing, look who's 2-0 and inside Ha's departure in Ep. 54

Weather did more than dampen the fields Friday night; it helped dampen all hopes for upset-minded New Trier against Loyola. We break down the blowout Rambler win and hear from Trevs coach Brian Doll. The two Mikes also talk about rivals GBN and HP moving to 2-0, while GBS and LF fall to 0-2, before playing Way/No Way and prepping you for this week's showdowns. But we switch gears to update listeners on our investigation into the departure of renowned GBS soccer coach Seong Ha and how it may...


The Varsity: North Shore — Recap of a 'Giant' win and preview of a huge rivalry in Ep. 53

The football season is underway, and we have thoughts on the Week 1 action, including a big, upset win for your HIghland Park Giants. We hear from HP coach David Lindquist. GBN, Loyola and New Trier follow in the win column, while GBS and Lake Forest are in an 0-1 hole. Mikey Woj plays Way/No Way with local volleyball teams before we preview the mega, huge, major, super Week 2 gridiron matchup between Loyola and New Trier.