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Monday, February 08, 2016

Northbrook resident shares memories of attending Super Bowl I
"I've been watching football since I was 10 years old. At Mount Carmel [High School in Chicago], at [the University of] Notre Dame. I was a fan of the Bears, the [Chicago Cardinals. Football was more important to me than to the players. I was always emotionally involved."

Friday, February 05, 2016

MOUNT CARMEL JUNIORS PARTICIPATE IN IMPACT SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM
Mount Carmel High School's mission to expand service learning opportunities for students to express their faith in action continued through Junior IMPACT Week.
JAKE RHODE SETS PACE FOR MOUNT CARMEL ON FINAL SETON SENIOR NIGHT
Mount Carmel senior Jake Rhode didn't take it personally when the P.A. announcer at Seton encouraged a last-ever senior night crowd to stand until the opposing team scored.
NIU CLASS INCLUDES A QB FROM MOUNT CARMEL
On National Signing Day on Tuesday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center, the Huskies announced that Mount Carmel signal caller Anthony Thompson was one of the 22 players signed on the day.
MOUNT CARMEL ATHLETES SIGN NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
Mount Carmel High School seniors signed National Letters of Intent for top university athletic programs on National Signing Day, February 3, 2016 from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

LOCAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS PLEDGE TO COLLEGE PROGRAMS
National Signing Day was a joyous occasion for many standout football players from area high schools who inked their National Letters of Intent on Feb. 3.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS SIGNING DAY PROFILE: MOUNT CARMEL QB ANTHONY THOMPSON
Northern Illinois Coach Rod Carey announced the name, position and high school of the new Huskie and smiled. Quarterback from Mount Carmel," Carey said while unveiling his 2016 recruiting class Wednesday. "That seems to have worked for us in the past."
BREAKING DOWN IOWA STATE'S 2016 FOOTBALL SIGNINGS

STEVEN WIRTEL, LS, 6-4, 207

Chicago (Mount Carmel High School)

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

CK CAPTURES MOUNT CARMEL TOURNAMENT
The Christ the King seventh-grade boys basketball team reigned victorious in the 18-team Mount Carmel tournament on Jan. 30. Pictured with the squad are Mount Carmel coaches and Christ the King parishioners Mark Antonietti (kneeling, left to right), Phil Segroves and Bill Nolan.

Monday, February 01, 2016

SPEAK OUT
Talk about a class act. Former NFL star Simeon Rice, a defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers among other teams and a graduate of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, presented his alma mater with his golden football from Super Bowl XXXVII for the school's trophy case.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MOUNT CARMEL WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT CATHOLIC LEAGUE TITLE
Winning five straight Chicago Catholic League crowns was no easy task for Mount Carmel - and that was before Marmion and Montini joined the league this season. But, despite the addition of two powerful teams to the Catholic League meet, Mount Carmel was able to keep its streak alive.
Michigan State offers scholarship to Houston Griffith, son of Illinois legend
But Tuesday, coach Mark Dantonio and defensive line coach Ron Burton were at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and offered a scholarship to 2018 athlete prospect Houston Griffith.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Local roundup: Jake Tucker works overtime as Mount Carmel wins title
Jake Tucker welcomes the spotlight now, which is just as well because there's no good way for him to avoid it. Tucker, a Mount Carmel senior, squared off against Marmion senior Trace Carello in the marquee bout of Saturday's Catholic League Tournament at De La Salle.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Former NFL star Simeon Rice credits his dad for staying at Mount Carmel
The importance of a parent prioritizing his child's education over playing time is another major point here. Henry Rice was confident Mount Carmel's coaching staff had a better understanding of what position his son should play.
BOYS HOOPS: MIKE FLAHERTY EARNS 750TH WIN IN MOUNT CARMEL'S ROUT OF ST. RITA
St. Rita started the third quarter with seven missed shots and five turnovers while the Caravan scored 17 straight points, putting Mount Carmel well on its way to a 56-42 Catholic South home win that gave Mike Flaherty his 750th career win.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

HOCKEY NOTES: LIAM MADRIGAL PART OF BRIGHT FUTURE FOR MOUNT CARMEL
"Our skill level and awareness is so much better than last year," said Madrigal, a sophomore forward. "Everyone wants to be better and is working hard in practice. I'm optimistic."
SIMEON RICE PRESENTS WILSON GOLDEN FOOTBALL TO MOUNT CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

(Chicago, IL) - On Friday morning, Simeon Rice, a Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and director of the 2015 film, Unsullied, honored the institution where he first excelled, not as a Pro Bowl defensive lineman, but as a high school student.

Rice returned to Mount Carmel High School and presented his alma mater with a Wilson Golden Football as part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.

"It feels so good to be home," said Rice, a 1992 Mount Carmel High School graduate. "This is where it all began."

MOUNT CARMEL DONATES OVER 3,500 CANNED GOODS, 1,000 TOYS TO CHARITY
(CHICAGO, IL) - Through Mount Carmel High School’s annual Advent Action campaign, students, faculty, and staff of the 116-year-old institution donated over 3,500 canned goods and 1,000 toys to Chicago charities.
MOUNT CARMEL ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARS
(Chicago, IL) - Mount Carmel High School President Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm., and Principal John Stimler are proud to announce that 14 Mount Carmel High School students from the graduating class of 2016 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mount Carmel's Steven Wirtel commits to Iowa State as long snapper

Another Wirtel is joining a Big 12 football team next season.

Mount Carmel senior long snapper Steven Wirtel orally committed to Iowa State on Tuesday. His brother, John, just wrapped up his junior season as a long snapper at Kansas.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rice presents gold football to Mount Carmel
On Jan. 15, Rice returned to Mount Carmel to present the school with a golden football, which the NFL provided to every player and coach who was on an active roster for a winning Super Bowl team in celebration of this year's 50th anniversary of the first Super Bowl.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Jake Rhode on right road, drives Mount Carmel over Brother Rice

"Overrated!" Whether the Brother Rice fan section - aka the Crusader Crazies - were aiming the chant directly at Mount Carmel's Jake Rhode or the Caravan in general was kind of irrelevant.

Former NFL star Simeon Rice makes special trip to Mount Carmel
Simeon Rice returned Friday to Mount Carmel bearing a special gift. It's one that will require additional room in a school trophy case already stuffed with 12 football state championships - the second-most titles in Illinois history.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Simeon Rice Presenting Golden Football To Mount Carmel
CHICAGO - Simeon Rice is coming home, with gold in hand, Friday. The former star at Mount Carmel, Illinois and the NFL will present a golden football to his high school alma mater.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mount Carmel wins Cheesehead
Eleven Mount Carmel wrestlers finished in the top six of their respective weight classes to lead the Caravan to an impressive championship at the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukana, Wisc., on Jan. 9. The Caravan racked up 582 points to outdistance runner-up Sandburg, ranked ninth in the country, by 25 points in the 27-team meet featuring top squads from several states.
VISUAL ARTS: Retelling a Segregation Story
The Rhona Hoffman Gallery brings Gordon Parks's seminal photographs to Chicago

Monday, January 11, 2016

WRESTLING: EHS takes 14th at Cheesehead
Edwardsville finished with 264 points. Chicago Mount Carmel won with 582 points, followed by Orland Park Sandburg with 557 points.
Mount Carmel grapples to their first Cheesehead Invitational team title
Matt Reyes earned his own part of Mount Carmel history. The 285-pound wrestler for the Mount Carmel Caravan, earned a 3-2 decision victory in the finals of the Kaukauna Cheesehead Invitational tournament in Wisconsin, earning only the second Caravan individual championship in the 18-year history of the Cheesehead.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Boys hoops: Mount Carmel stays calm in win against Hales
Mount Carmel senior guards Nick Chambers and Jake Rhode have been teammates since fifth grade. Their long-cultivated rapport shows. The duo's complementary games were once again in lock-step Friday night against Hales, when Chambers' hot shooting early and Rhode's slick ballhandling late helped the Caravan cruise to a 58-40 Catholic League South road win.
Taylor announces retirement from local food pantry
While leading the Maple/Morgan Park Food Pantry for more than 30 years, longtime Beverly resident Matt Taylor did a little bit of everything.His fellow volunteers at the food pantry always loved his willingness to do whatever needed to be done, and his recent retirement has brought his contributions to the success of the local ministry into sharper focus.
Local roundup: Nick Chambers, Jake Rhode lead Mount Carmel past Hales
Mount Carmel senior guards Nick Chambers and Jake Rhode first became basketball teammates in fifth grade at Flossmoor's Infant Jesus of Prague Parish and their long-cultivated rapport shows. The duo's complementary games were once again in lock-step Friday night when Chambers' hot shooting early and Rhode's slick ball-handling late were plenty for the Caravan as they cruised to a 58-40 Catholic League South road win over Hales.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Reilly's Daughter returns to its Oak Lawn roots
It is rare that a business reopens after more than a decade but even rarer when that business goes back to its former home of nearly three decades.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

United Township 49, Mount Carmel 44

United Township 49, Mount Carmel 44: Jake Rhode (14 points) led Mount Carmel (10-3) in the Pekin Holiday Tournament.

Lake Zurich 37, Mount Carmel 36: Rhode scored 15 points for the Caravan in its first game of the day.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 basketball rankings
9. Mount Carmel (9-1)
Huge three-win week
Jalen Hill '16 receives Chick Evans Scholarship
The UI’s latest 5-star recruit is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds and won’t play a lick in college. Meet Jalen Hill, a 17-year-old senior at Chicago Mount Carmel, who accepted a full ride to the UI earlier this week. Hill is a recipient of the prestigious Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. Selections are based on caddie skills, grades, character and financial need.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mount Carmel's boys basketball team survives in five overtimes
It was a game unlike any other that Henry Hudson had played in, and the Mount Carmel senior forward was having a blast Saturday. He was ready for it to end, though. Hudson's putback at the buzzer in the fifth overtime lifted the Caravan to a 74-72 win over Bloom in a classic at the Crete-Monee Shootout.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mount Carmel's offensive options too much for Leo
The way Mount Carmel sees it, it has too many good shooters for the opposition to account for. Leo found that out in the second half of Friday night's Catholic League Blue showdown as the host Caravan exploded for a 20-point third quarter to pull away for a 68-54 win.
Adversity Leads Arthur Ray '07 to Faith in Football and Life
Ray was once ranked as one of the nation's top offensive guards as apart of Mark Dantonio's first full recruiting class at MSU in 2007. Life hit Ray hard when was diagnosed with cancer in his right tibia during his senior year at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.
Kevin Johnson's Offseason
The Athletics drafted Johnson '09 in the 24th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft after he posted a 3.22 ERA in 67 innings during his senior year at the University of Illinois. From his sophomore year on, Johnson, a native of Lake Zurich, Ill., served as Illinois' No. 1 starter. He was an All-Academic Big Ten selection during his junior year in 2012. Johnson was also drafted in the 31st round by the Yankees in 2012, but opted not to sign, allowing his draft stock to rise in 2013.
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