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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Jared Drake comes up huge as Providence snaps Mount Carmel playoff streak at 30
Huge Catholic League Blue rival Mount Carmel was coming to town. And the Caravan was coming to town with a mission. Drake knew the history. "They were trying to make the playoffs… they had 30 straight years," Drake said. "This was big to us. Catholic League competition is huge."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Providence football keeps Mount Carmel out of the playoffs
Providence senior running back Ritchie Warfield rushed for 103 yards on 24 carries and scored one touchdown. Senior quarterback Jared Drake completed 15 of 22 for 157 yards and one touchdown. The two led the Celtics to a 17-6 victory over visiting Mount Carmel in Chicago Catholic Blue conference action Friday night, snatching a shot at the playoffs from the Caravan.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mount Carmel open house to feature renovations
In addition to viewing and interacting with the new classrooms, families will have an opportunity to choose from a variety of small group presentations, focusing on topics that include the advantages of all-male education, technology as a tool for success, financing a Catholic education, McDermott-Doyle program, Mount Carmel’s honors program, student activities and preparing for college from day one.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

While soccer and basketball may seem to require different skill sets, Mount Carmel senior Jaylen Anderson has excelled at both, and he feels he's benefited greatly. "Soccer has helped me tremendously with my footwork," he said. "In basketball, I feel like I'm a very strong defensive player, because of soccer. The awareness that you have to have when you play basketball helps me in soccer, because you have to be aware out on the field, too."

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Football Game Preview: Chicago Mount Carmel vs. De La Salle
De La Salle (5 - 1) and Chicago Mount Carmel are both heading into their Friday contest this week after losing their previous games. Chicago Mount Carmel was within striking distance but couldn't close the gap last week as it fell 49 - 42 to Brother Rice. The loss dropped Chicago Mount Carmel's record to 4-3. Meanwhile, De La Salle has to be hurting after a devastating 34 - 6 loss at the hands of Montini last week.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Mount Carmel High School sophomore, Cristian Sanchez 2019 (Munster, IN) recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, after completing a project that gives back to Mount Carmel. For his Eagle project, Sanchez organized his troop to construct two wooden podiums that would be used by Mount Carmel instructors.
Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 was assisted by four Mount Carmel High School students, Andrew Walsh (from left), Luke Ehrenstrom, Nate Finn and Zac Styka (not pictured), in securing donations as part of its Drive for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities before the Mt. Carmel versus St. Rita football game.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Dino Borrelli explodes for 387 yards, 4 TDs as Brother Rice edges Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel had a chance to tie the game at the end. The Caravan drove to the Brother Rice 26 with 31.2 seconds left. But quarterback Alek Thomas was intercepted by Aarion Lacy at the 5. Thomas, a junior, completed 13 of 21 passes for 219 yards and three TDs. Jordan Cousert had two TD catches, and Phazione McClurge had one TD reception for the Caravan.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Mount Carmel community has always been dedicated to the betterment of others through well organized action. On October 22 they will be caravaning for a cure at the Light the Night Walk at Soldier Field in memory of former Mount Carmel teacher, Kevin Hansen, who died of leukemia in April of 2015. Click here to register or donate to the Caravan Light the Night team.
Mike Kidney is the first to admit that he really enjoyed his time in the service; and his wife says that he’s the only veteran she knows that was happy to serve his time in the Army. Mike graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1947, and then from Loyola University in Chicago in spring of 1951, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He was working for Marshall Field’s, looking for a career job, when he was drafted in September 1951.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Football Game Preview: Brother Rice vs. Chicago Mount Carmel
Brother Rice didn't break a sweat against Providence Catholic last week, winning 45 - 21. The margin wasn't a surprise since Brother Rice is ranked many positions ahead of Providence Catholic in the nation. As for Chicago Mount Carmel, it couldn't quite keep up with St. Rita last week and ended up losing 31 - 28. The outcome was totally different than in its previous game, where the margin was anything but close. We'll find out on Friday if Chicago Mount Carmel can steal Brother Rice's luck or if Brother Rice records another victory instead.
EDGY's Take: Mount Carmel (3-2/0-2) is trying to shake off a loss last Friday to St. Rita as the Caravan are in serious need of a headline win. Keep an eye on junior do-it-all RB/WR/QB Alek Thomas and NIU commit RB Michael Kennedy. Brother Rice (5-0/1-0) has been on a serious roll as senior QB Dino Borrelli is having a terrific senior season. Fellow senior Ricky Smalling (Illinois) is a threat at wide receiver at all times. Can the Caravan win on the road? Can the Brother Rice defense slow down the Mount Carmel option game?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mount Carmel High School Freshmen students participated a week long service learning program, IMPACT, aimed at heightening the Catholic and Carmelite identity and Mission and expanding service learning opportunities for students to express their faith in action. Freshman IMPACT is an opportunity for the Class of 2020 to come together to address a common goal--care for creation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Famed American Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz once said, “As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction”. This is absolutely something Mount Carmel junior, Eddie Carter from the Ashburn neighborhood in Chicago can relate to in his recent music efforts.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Disabato: Time for Southland public schools to play Catholic League Blue
"We started trying to find teams to schedule this year after Week 2 of last season," Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. "We reached out to some of the bigger public schools. None were willing to play us. "Some of them chose to play a team from out of state than to schedule us. It baffles me. Where is your competitiveness?"
Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council #1444 was assisted by four Mount Carmel students in securing donations as part of its Drive for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities before the Carmel-Rita football game. Pictured left to right are Andrew Walsh, St. John Fisher Parish; Luke Ehrenstrom, St. Gerald Parish; and Nate Finn, St. John Fisher Parish; missing Zac Styka, St. John, Indiana.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gavin Mottl's field goal at 0.6 seconds left helps St. Rita stun Mount Carmel
Lenti moved Alek Thomas from receiver to quarterback in the third quarter and it paid dividends. Thomas scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards for Mount Carmel
Gavin Mottl's field goal at 0.6 seconds left helps St. Rita stun Mount Carmel
"We had a guy right there on the reverse and we missed him," Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti said. "We missed opportunities and they didn't. Give them credit." Zylman supplied TD runs of 1 and 5 yards. His second score forced a 28-28 tie with 8:55 left in the fourth quarter. Lenti moved Alek Thomas from receiver to quarterback in the third quarter and it paid dividends. Thomas scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards for Mount Carmel (3-2, 0-2).
Scoring a touchdown in a high school football game is a thing to be savored. Especially when it comes against a program of the magnitude of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. Touchdowns against the 12-time state champion Caravan have been few and far between throughout the years. It is unlikely that the team has ever given up a TD that was celebrated by head coach Frank Lenti in his 33 years leading the team, but that is exactly what happened on Friday, September 2.
Throw out the records, it's Rita week
Can't make the game tonight? Watch on WCIU at 10:00 pm! Until then, read Conor Langs' article about the Mount Carmel vs. Rita by clicking the title above! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beth Long's Football Recruiting Notebook
Mount Carmel junior Terrance Taylor is beginning to make a name for himself both on the field and on the recruiting trail. “For the last couple games I’ve been working on technique,” said Taylor. “My favorite thing was getting my technique a little better. Just going out 100% for the team and everyone. Making my teammates happy and my coaches happy." The 6-4, 200-pound athlete can play defensive line, linebacker or offense. Where he will play in college is to be determined.
De LaSalle football decides to band together, believe to achieve
It's a jungle out there trying to attract skilled kids. Especially in the Southland, where perennial powers such as Mount Carmel, Marist, St. Rita and Brother Rice offer storied traditions and more convenient locations.
Mount Carmel golfer eyes state tourney
As Mt. Carmel golf Coach Phil McGovern explained it, Abdel Raoul got a taste of postseason play last year as a freshman. It was just a taste, however, as Raoul played well at his Class 2A sectional but came up a few strokes short of advancing to the state tournament.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Jon Hansen from WCIU, was at Mount Carmel High School helping the soccer team get in some early morning practice!
Mt. Carmel football Coach Frank Lenti has a straightforward way to measure his team. If the Caravan holds onto the ball, good things typically follow. If the Caravan turns the ball over, the score has a way of going against them.
Mr. Sean Sweany demonstrates teaching and learning in the new technology rich classrooms at Mount Carmel and how Latin is useful in school and life for WCIU's profile for Learning to Win. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Boys golf scoreboard: Saturday, Sept. 10 results
Batavia Invite At Pheasant Run, team scores
Week 3 Football: LA improves to 3-0
Mount Carmel didn’t fold — thanks to the play of quarterback Alek Thomas. With 2:54 remaining in the third quarter, he scored on a seven-yard run. Then, the game tightened even more, when Thomas tossed a 33-yard touchdown to Michael Kennedy with 6:43 left in regulation to make it a one-score game.
Loyola defeats Mount Carmel with defensive stand, versatile offense
Loyola held on to defeat rival Mount Carmel 35-28 at Gately Stadium to open Catholic Blue play on Friday, Sept. 9.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Loyola defeats Mount Carmel with defensive stand, versatile offense
Alek Thomas ignited Mount Carmel's comeback, and Michael Kennedy's second deep halfback option pass got the Caravan within 11 yards of forcing overtime before Loyola's defense responded with a stop on fourth-and-5 with 1 minute, 56 seconds to play.
It's a New Day for You and Me, GOTW
Jon Hansen is live at Mount Carmel High School to prep with the team before their big game tonight!
Game of the week: No. 1 Loyola at No. 4 Mount Carmel
Thomas, a 5-10, 165-pound junior, is Mount Carmel's answer to the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Marwede, who lines up at receiver, tight end, quarterback and running back and threw an option pass for a 77-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage against Maine South.
Scouting report: Mount Carmel's size, veer option could test Loyola
If Mount Carmel isn't Loyola's toughest opponent this season, it will certainly be the biggest team it faces, Holecek said. In Week 2, the average weight of a Mount Carmel starting offensive lineman was 277 pounds, and three of them weighed more than 290 pounds. "You're talking about a team that's physically dominant," Holecek said in a phone interview on Tuesday, Sept. 6. "They're just unbelievably huge. They have a giant offensive line, giant defensive tackles. They have speed everywhere."
Gabriel Nunley (Beverly, Chicago) has been performing since he was three, when his mother felt he had too much energy and needed to find an outlet for it. The first real experience he had with acting was in preschool, where he played the wolf in Peter and the Wolf. His next acting experience didn’t come until 7th grade, where he played the reporter in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Mike Helfgot's blog: Loyola's defense gets another big test tonight
Mount Carmel has a huge offensive line and may be able to push Loyola around a little. I can't remember the last time I picked against Loyola, though, and I'm not convinced now is a good time to start.
O’Brien: No. 1 Loyola survives No. 2 Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel (2-1, 0-1 Catholic League Blue) found a spark when do-it-all athlete Alek Thomas took over at quarterback. “[Mount Carmel] is a great team and [Thomas] is a hell of a player,” Holecek said. “We did just enough to win.”

Thursday, September 08, 2016

WCIU, GOTW - Mount Carmel Fight School
Mount Carmel High School sure has school spirit!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Week 3's Top Five Games
Although the Caravan are a young team, they are very talented with a junior class boasting size, speed and tons of potential.
Game of the Week: Loyola at Mt. Carmel
After back-to-back nonconference blowout victories over Taft and Gary West Side to open the season, Mt. Carmel receives its first true test of the season as the Caravan welcomes defending Class 8A champion Loyola to Gately for both teams’ Chicago Catholic League-Blue opener.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, Carmelite brothers Matthew Gummess and Jorge Monterroso made their solemn profession of vows. The profession took place in the Crypt Church in the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. Family members and Carmelites traveled thousands of miles to take part in the celebration. The joyous occasion was overseen by William Harry, OCarm, Provincial of the Most Pure Heart of Mary province of Carmelites.
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