Monday, July 20, 2015
Marist (16-4) advances to a 10 a.m. Monday quarterfinal at Benedictine University in Lisle against either East Suburban Catholic rival Notre Dame or Niles West. In the Lockport Regional, Lincoln-Way North defeated Minooka 2-1 to advance. Mount Carmel (7-4) led 2-1 through five innings behind the pitching of sophomore Diego Munoz, the brother of 2015 Daily Southtown Player of the Year Nelson Munoz. Marist, though, broke through in the sixth.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Marist (15-4) will take on Mount Carmel (7-3), a 14-4 winner over Chicago Christian, in the regional final at noon Thursday. In the opener, Mount Carmel trailed 3-1 after three innings, but exploded for five runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
"We want to prove we have a really good program," said Houston, an Indiana recruit. "Still, with all the seniors leaving, we know we have guys to fill those roles." A couple of standout holdovers from the spring team that finished in second place in Class 4A were major contributors Tuesday to the Caravan's 5-3 win over host St. Rita in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Mount. Carmel seniors A.J. Lewis and Jeremy Houston have been teammates on various baseball teams for as long as they can remember. They recently tried out for the Team USA Under-18 squad in North Carolina and were on the East squad of the White Sox Double Duty Classic on July 1, less than a month after helping the Caravan to a runner-up performance in the Class 4A state tournament. The Double Duty Classic celebrates the history of Negro League Baseball in Chicago.
Monday, July 06, 2015
There aren't many jobs in Illinois prep sports with a higher profile than playing quarterback at Mount Carmel. Anthony Thompson apprenticed for the job in 2013, serving as a varsity backup as a sophomore when Marko Boricich led the Caravan to their 12th state title. Thompson moved up to No. 1 on the depth chart last fall, and it was a trial by fire.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Looking to improve its special teams units in the years to come, Wisconsin extended an offer to Chicago Mount Carmel long snapper Steven Wirtel following his performances at the team's specialst camp Sunday.
Monday, June 29, 2015
For the second straight season, the Class 4A state championship was an all-Southland affair, matching Catholic League Blue powers Providence and Mount Carmel. Last season, it was the Celtics vs. St. Rita. Remarkable moments? We found a few. Tops among them: Mount Carmel outfielder Josh Stowers' amazing catch in the Crestwood Supersectional against Plainfield North.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Before the start of his senior season, Mount Carmel pitcher Nelson Munoz made a prediction to his older brother Xavier. "I told him I was going to go undefeated this year," Munoz said. Quite a boast, considering Munoz was certain to be the ace of the Caravan staff and likely would face every top opponent on a loaded schedule. But for the Daily Southtown's 2015 Baseball Player of the Year, it's not boasting if you can do it. Fast forward to the Class 4A state championship game against Providence on June 13 at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Munoz stood on the mound with a 14-0 record, one win away from realizing the Caravan's goal.
Mike Himes, formerly of Princeton, director of Videography and Integrated Media at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, has been named an honorary alumnus for making an outstanding impact across the academic, athletic, recruitment and technology program for that school. Himes, was hired by Mount Carmel in 2005 as the assistant director for marketing and enrollment. In that role, he helped lead the recruiting efforts that resulted in Mount Carmel’s largest placement exam in the history of the school. From 2006 through 2014, Himes served as a coach for Caravan Baseball and in 2013, as assistant coach on the varsity staff that helped lead Mount Carmel to its first state championship in baseball. He also served as head golf coach.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Mount Carmel rising seniors Vincent Zarate, of Tinley Park, and Nnamdi Okabuonye, of South Holland, were accepted into the University of Chicago’s Future Leaders of Chicago summer program. The program was founded by a group of civic leaders, educators, and professionals who care about developing Chicago’s next generation of leaders. From August 3-7, Zarate and Okabuonye will meet and engage with business and civic leaders, participate in professional development, and partake in college preparatory activities.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Starting this fall, Class 7A and 8A will be seeded 1-32 and Classes 1A through 6A will have two 1-16 brackets. In recent years, there have been a mix of 1-8 quadrants and 1-16 brackets for all classes. Mount Carmel's Frank Lenti, the state's all-time leader in coaching victories and winner of 11 state titles, also is a fan of 1-32 seeding. "Part of the experience of the playoffs should be for the kids to play new and different competition," he said. The new seeding policy could mean an altered postseason landscape for Mount Carmel, which played Catholic League Blue rivals Brother Rice and St. Rita in the early rounds in 2012 and '13.
Jacobs High School was one of only a few teams to slow down the vaunted Mt. Carmel lineup this season. In late April, the Golden Eagles handed the Caravan one of its four losses this season in a 5-3 victory. So with a spot in the state title game on the line in the Class 4A state semifinals at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on June 12, Mt. Carmel used an early offensive outburst that helped make for a different outcome. The Caravan scored all five runs in the first three innings, three on a pair of homers, and got strong pitching performances from starter Mike Lorenzi and reliever Nelson Munoz in a 5-2 victory.
The top of the eighth inning on June 9 was one of the best innings in the successful coaching career of Mt. Carmel Coach Brian Hurry—but it almost didn’t happen. Plainfield North erased a sixth-inning 5-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and knotted the score on a laser-beam homer to right with one out in the seventh. The Tigers had the go-ahead run on first with one out in the seventh, but the Caravan escaped the inning and put on an offensive display in the eighth that sent Mt. Carmel back to the state semifinals. The Caravan (35-4) scored six runs on six hits in the eighth en route to an 11-5 victory in front of 1,669 fans at Standard Bank Stadium.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Bob Newton never became the athlete he might have been.Yes, he played football with Nebraska the year the Cornhuskers won their first national championship.Yes, he played for 11 years as an offensive lineman in the NFL, five years with the Chicago Bears, with teammates like Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers and Walter Payton. Then six years with the Seattle Seahawks.
Providence's talent did not stack up to Mount Carmel's. The Celtics said as much Friday night, the same way they aw-shucksed their chances against St. Rita on the eve of the 2014 state title game. On the only day that counted, Providence was the better team. Again. The never-say-die Celtics rallied from a three-run deficit, forcing extra innings with a run in the bottom of the seventh and coming from behind again with two in eighth to defeat Mount Carmel 6-5 in a heart-stopping Class 4A final Saturday at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.
Check out images from the IHSA 4A third place game between Jacobs and Oak Park-River Forest and the IHSA 3A third place game between St. Francis and Morgan Park.
If he were allowed to, Nelson Munoz would pitch every game. He nearly did during the Caravan's playoff run to the Class 4A state championship game. The senior right-hander pitched in five of seven postseason games, including the last four. That workload featured two starts and two relief appearances in eight days.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Mount Carmel struck early to earn a shot at its second Class 4A state title in three seasons. The Caravan (36-4) scored its runs in first three innings over first-time finals participant Jacobs. Alex Thomas hit a two-run home run in the third inning for Mount Carmel (36-4). Ryan Sargent allowed five runs on five hits in three innings for Jacobs (29-11).
Friday, June 12, 2015
Perched at third base in the fifth inning of Friday's Class 4A state semifinals, Stevie Krueger thought he might have gotten away with one. Instead, umpires reversed an initial ruling, calling Krueger out for running out of the baseline to avoid a tag and squelched Jacobs' only rally in a 5-2 victory by Mount Carmel. The loss dropped Jacobs (29-11) into the third-place game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.