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Monday, October 05, 2015

Ehrenstrom Scholars Fraternity visit Northwestern University
(Chicago, IL) Eleven of Mount Carmel High School’s most gifted 11th graders continued their pursuit of academic excellence by visiting Northwestern University last Friday. The visit, which allowed students the opportunity to meet with enrollment representatives and current students, was the second in an elite college and university visit schedule for the Ehrenstrom Scholars, an enrichment fraternity named in memory of teacher, coach, and alumnus Curt Ehrenstrom ‘79.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Prep football: Ricky Smalling, No. 15 Brother Rice knock off No. 3 Mount Carmel
There were questions about the defense despite Brother Rice's 4-1 start. The Crusaders now look like a team with all the answers. Cam Miller and Ricky Smalling continued to be lethal and No. 15 Brother Rice stymied Mount Carmel's potent option in a 34-14 upset of the No. 3 Caravan on Friday night at Brother Rice.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Caravan Soccer ranked in top 10
Title seekers: Mount Carmel is off to a 3-0-1 start in Catholic League South play and is eyeing its second league title in three years. "The boys set the goal prior to the start of the season that they wanted to win conference," Mount Carmel coach Antonio Godinez said. "They all get excited for games in the Catholic League. No matter who you play, regardless of their record, it's a tough game and anything can happen. We're in a good position so far and hopefully we can keep going."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kennelly Family donates funds from settlement
Kevin and Jean Kennelly were recently awarded $1 million in the settlement of a civil suit, but they've decided that they aren't keeping a dime.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ryan Poli Is Back for Three Pop-Up Dinners
This week in blasts from the not-so-distant past, chef Ryan Poli returns to Chicago with three pop-up dinners October 1, 2, and 3 at Logan Square (3057 W. Logan Blvd., Logan Square) and he's bringing with him a menu culled from two years traveling the globe.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mount Carmel finds many different ways to score against De La Salle
Mount Carmel knows opposing defenses will always focus on trying to stop the run, so the Caravan came out Friday night looking to establish the passing game early and often against De La Salle. Anthony Thompson completed his first seven passes, including two touchdown throws to Steve Wirtel, as visiting Mount Carmel raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead on its way to a 63-0 win in a Catholic League crossover.
Marquise Peggs '15 starts college football career at Yale
Peggs came to Yale via Mount Carmel High, one of the most prestigious schools in Illinois and a state football power. Mount Carmel has produced the likes of NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, defensive end Simeon Rice and others.
Mount Carmel High School hosted their annual Women’s Gridiron Football Clinic on Wednesday, September 23. 60 plus participants joined the Mount Carmel coaching staff for an evening dedicated to teaching football basics through classroom work and drills – an experience just like all Mount Carmel football players have! The evening started with a meet-and-greet with the coaches, followed by drills on Carey Field and concluded with a group picture and refreshments.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mount Carmel students earning straight 'A's honored at school breakfast
Mount Carmel High School honored a special group of 16 students who earned a straight 'A' average during the last trimester of the 2014-15 school year with a congratulatory breakfast reception. The academically exceptional students were invited to Mount Carmel's Kiszka Suite where they were addressed by guest speaker Matt Mulka '99, and congratulated by school leaders, including the school president, Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm. and the school principal, John Stimler.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mount Carmel defense slams door on
Mt. Carmel senior defensive lineman Terrell Greer put an exclamation point on the Caravan defense’s third consecutive stellar performance. Greer hauled in a deflected pass and rambled 70 yards for a touchdown that sealed the Caravan’s 35-14 win over rival St. Rita on a rainy night at Gately Stadium on Sept. 18. “I wanted it. I told my guys at school today that was I going to get a pick-six. I told everybody. I just felt it,” said Greer, a 5’9”, 279-pound lineman who last scored off a fumble recovery against Leo during his freshman year. “Our defense is on a mission. We didn’t make many adjustments at halftime. We just played harder because we wanted the game.”

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New sports center opens on Southwest Side
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Matt O'Shea, D-19th, and a contingent of young athletes were on hand recently to cut the ribbon on the new Morgan Park Beverly Sports Center at 115th Street and Western Avenue. The new 64,000-square-foot sports complex, which opened its doors on Sept. 8, features an indoor NHL-size ice rink arena with seating capacity for 1,200, a state-of-the-art gymnastics center and fitness studio. Other amenities include community rooms and locker rooms with showers. Mount Carmel High School and Marist High School are set to play their hockey games at the new center.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ryan Poli launching dinner series at Jam
Chef Ryan Poli, remembered by many as executive chef at Tavernita, Barcito and Little Market Brasserie (and for foodies of a certain age, Perennial and Jason Chan's Butter) has spent the past two years cooking around the world, learning and growing and basically getting his culinary groove back.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Gophers' Richardson playing bigger than advertised on line
If Gophers defensive tackle Steven Richardson were 2 inches taller, everybody in the country would have recruited him, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said this week. Instead, Richardson had just three scholarship offers coming out of Chicago's Mount Carmel High School - from Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Minnesota.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Football: Unlikely score highlights No. 3 Mount Carmel's win against St. Rita
At 5-foot-9, 279 pounds, Mount Carmel senior Terrell Greer isn't exactly built for speed. All day at school Friday, though, he told his teammates just the opposite. In the Caravan's 35-14 victory over St. Rita at Gately Stadium, the defensive lineman backed up his words with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Carmelite golden jubilarian reflects on glory days
DARIEN - At the center position, James Gillen was always in the middle of the offensive action on the football field. A teen-ager in the 1940s, the athlete's hand movements would commence play as he quickly snapped the ball to the quarterback. Forcing opponents backward, he would smash his way across the scrimmage line, attempting to safeguard the ball carriers.
Jake Lenti latest family member to experience Mount Carmel vs. St. Rita rivalry
Jake Lenti has been around the Mount Carmel-St. Rita football series longer than he can remember. He's been on the sidelines as a water boy for the Caravan, the perk of being the son of one coach and the nephew of another. He's been in the stands as a fan, and then back on the sidelines again last season as a first-year football player for Mount Carmel.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jim Deering '86, true Mount Carmel man, volunteer
Jim Deering was a Mount Carmel man through and through. Deering's friendly, warm personality and his loyalty to the famed high school endeared him to the Caravan community as well as his family and friends, who mourned his unexpected death on Aug. 26 at age 47.
Beverly Arts Center casts Mount Carmel junior, Gabe Nunley
As the fine arts at Mount Carmel High School continue to broaden and innovate across campus, students have followed suit across the Chicagoland area. Gabriel Nunley (Beverly, Chicago), a junior member of Band and the Arts program, diversified his artistic repertoire in early August by acting in the Beverly Arts Center performance, Crazy For You. The production, formerly a Tony Award-winning Gershwin Musical, was the first Beverly Arts Center performance employed with both professional and amateur actors.
Emmanuel Reid spends summer studying abroad in Thailand
Mount Carmel High School senior and member of the Kappa Leadership Institute, Emmanuel Reid of Beverly, Chicago, spent his summer cultivating his academic and cultural interests through studying abroad in Saraburi, Thailand.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Former Mount Carmel star Jordan Lynch getting acclimated to life in CFL
Patience. That's the word Jordan Lynch used on more than one occasion during our interview regarding his ambition to be a starting quarterback in the Canadian Football League. Which, in time, hopefully will lead to an opportunity in the NFL.
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