New Trier

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New Trier Trevians
Winnetka, Illinois
Coaches Benjamin Yang
State Championships 2007 IHSA, 2007 NAQT
Program Status Unknown
School Size Unknown
NAQT Page link

New Trier High School is a public high school in Winnetka, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago. Until 2011, it competed in pretty much all of the mACF tournaments near Chicago, a national tournament each year, the Central Suburban League, Masonic, and IHSA Class AA, though the team has cut many tournaments from its schedule since then. The team is often stylized as the "New Trier High School Happy Buzzer Squadron". Past coaches include David Dickman (who started the team during the 1980s), Terry Witt, Michelle Shade (nee Karlin), Erin Weller, Carolyn Gerhardt, and David Reinstein. Reinstein coached the team from 1994-2011, during which time the team was pretty much always considered among the top ten teams in Illinois and usually among the top five.

Tournament Hosting

2005 saw the start of the New Trier Varsity, whose questions were written by Carlo Angiuli and Nick Matchen, two juniors on that year's team. The 2006 tournament was written by Aegis Questions, the official company started by Carlo and Nick along with others, most notably Loyola's Matt Laird. In 2007, Aegis again provided the questions, and the rules were modified to better fit mACF rather than Illinois Scholastic Bowl Format. In 2008, Aegis stopped providing questions to the tournament that had led to its own creation in order to focus on the Masonic series, but Aegis folded a month later. The 2008 tournament was thrown together in the last month mostly by Jonah Greenthal and David Reinstein. For 2009, Jonah recruited several writers who put together a solid housewrite that was mirrored by UCLA. From 2010 to 2013, the tournament was a mirror of GSAC; in roughly the same time period, it started attracting many of the strongest teams from all around the country. New Trier hosted the tournament until 2019, when the school administration started putting up enormous obstacles against using the school. The tournament was renamed Reinstein Varsity and moved to Barrington in 2021 after missing the 2020 COVID year.

From 2001 to 2019, New Trier hosted the Scobol Solo, which almost always took place in November. The questions are written by David Reinstein, who received varying amounts of help over the years, and it has annually attracted about 128 of the top players in the state (and occasionally some from outside of Illinois). Some consider it "the unofficial individual state championship." The tournament is Tossup Only and is power matched, guaranteeing students seven matches. Starting in 2010, the tournament uses a computer program written by Jonah Greenthal that instantly posts results, and since about then Jonah has edited the questions. After 2019, the New Trier administration also decided to put up huge obstacles against hosting. The tournament was online during the 2020 COVID year and then moved to Sandburg since then.

Noted Team Accomplishments

The 2007 IHSA State Champions at the IHSSBCA Awards Dinner: Coach David Reinstein, Robert Sido, Sohaib Qadri, Carlo Angiuli, Nick Matchen, Jonah Greenthal. This is the only known photo showing Nick Matchen without a hat. Not pictured: Jeff Hirschey.
  • CSL Frosh-Soph Season Champions (12): 1994-97, 2000-04, 06-08
  • CSL Frosh-Soph Tournament Champions (9): 1995-96, 98-2001, 03, 06-07
  • CSL Varsity Season Champions (12): 1995, 97, 99-2003, 07-11
  • CSL Varsity Tournament Champions (10): 1995, 99, 02-03, 05, 07-11
  • IHSA Regional Titles (14): 1997-2000, 2002-10, 2012
  • IHSA Sectional Titles (11): 1990, 1995, 1997-99, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2010, 2012
  • IHSA Championship Tournament Champions: 2007
  • IHSA Championship Tournament Runner-Up: 1995
  • IHSA Championship Tournament Third Place: 1999, 2002, 2003
  • NAQT Illinois State Tournament: 2007
  • Midwest Championship: 2007

New Trier has qualified for the second day championship rounds almost every time it has entered a national tournament, namely the 2004 and 2007 PACE NSCs, and the 2005-10 NAQT HSNCTs. At the 2009 PACE NSC, the team ended up in the second tier after a close loss to Chaska, and the team finished lower at the 2011 NSC. The team finished 4-6 at the 2015 HSNCT and made the playoffs in 2018.

IHSSBCA Individual Awards

The following were honored by the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association (IHSSBCA) for outstanding play through their All-Sectional/All-State Program. Each sectional comprises roughly 24 geographically concentrated teams, and thus roughly 125 starting players. Through the 2006-07 season, the top ten players were recognized in each sectional,(starting with 2007-08, the number was raised to 15) with teams restricted to no more than two nominations (three nominations starting in 2007-08). There are twenty All-State awards given each year (10 First Team, 10 Second Team) in each of Illinois' two classes.

All-Sectional Honorees

All-State Honorees

Playing for Team Illinois


Team Captains