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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mount Carmel Student Plays Trumpet at Grant Park Concert
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

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.
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?"

Friday, September 23, 2016

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).
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
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! 
Mount Carmel Defense Gives Up Touchdown That Transcends
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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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.
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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Jon Hansen from WCIU, was at Mount Carmel High School helping the soccer team get in some early morning practice!
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. 
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.

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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Don Butkus, a Mount Carmel High School graduate, was an immediate contributor for the Saints after sitting out two seasons, one as a redshirt and the second as a medical redshirt following shoulder surgery. Once he did take the field, Butkus started all 11 games in helping St. Francis win a share of the Mid-States Football Association conference title with St. Xavier University. He threw for 1,822 yards and 16 touchdowns with 10 interceptions while rushing for 369 yards and five touchdowns.
In Tuesday's season opener, Josiah Ash made the transition from playing a role to being a star. The junior forward scored both goals as the Caravan topped Thornton co-op 2-0 in a Windy City Ram Classic first-round game at Marian Catholic.
"I've been doing this a long time, but I'll still have a nervous type of excitement," Lenti said. "The first game you wonder what your team is going to look like on game day. That's part of the fun and excitement." Lenti is the all-time winningest football coach in state history, compiling a 357-68 record at Mount Carmel.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Chicagoland Hall of Fame today introduced the Class of 2016 as well as the rejuvenation of the Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Set for honors are the “voice of the Chicago Bulls” Chuck Swirsky, accepting the media award, and special recognition of Don Wilson, Chairman of Chicago’s America Cup World Series, Pat Ryan, Chairman of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid, the late Mt. Carmel coach and longtime Hall of Fame advocate Howie Fagan and more. Click here to read more....
Caravan coach Frank Lenti is using “embrace the suck,” an old military phrase, to help get his team through this summer’s long and hot practices and it’s resonating.
Coach’s Outlook: “Our goal is to win the first game, then after that trying to win the Catholic League Blue and see how deep we can go in the state playoffs. We’ve been picked pretty high, but we still have a lot of parts to put together, only return two starters and defense and don’t know who our quarterback is going to be. I like our chemistry. We seem to fit well together and that’s always important.”

Monday, August 22, 2016

Montini is hard-pressed to match that playing such foes as Mt. Carmel on top of its Chicago Catholic League Green slate.
CSN PREPS POWER RANKINGS: NO. 6 MOUNT CARMEL preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state.
Countdown to Football: Mount Carmel ranked No. 5 by Daily Southtown
The Caravan open the season Sunday against Taft at Soldier Field. A Week 3 showdown against defending Class 8A state champion Loyola will give 12-time state champion Mount Carmel a very good indication of how its stacks up.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Caravan rugby alum plays in South Africa
A 2016 Mt. Carmel graduate, the 18-year old Beverly resident will head this fall to Notre Dame College, in Cleveland, the national runner-up last season, on an athletic scholarship to play rugby. His freshman year of college comes after a hectic rugby schedule that included playing with an All-Star team in Colorado and traveling to South Africa for a two-week tour that included four games against some of the country’s best young teams. Approached in the past by the Illinois Tornados, Guerra was forced to turn down the team’s offer to play because of the time commitment of playing football.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

‘Ring Around the Warrior’ to benefit St. Cajetan programs
The lights will be bright in a unique setting, and boxers young and old will be sparring for a good cause on a hot summer night. “Ring Around the Warrior: Round 1,” the inaugural boxing fundraiser organized by the St. Cajetan Men’s Club, will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, in the St. Cajetan Elementary School parking lot, 2447 W. 112th St.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Spartans extend offer to Verdis Brown
Verdis Brown, a junior lineman at Chicago, IL (Mount Carmel), visited East Lansing on Saturday and picked up an offer from Michigan State. The Top247 lineman Brown announced the news on Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Brown has additional scholarship offers from Ohio State, Illinois, Missouri, Purdue, and a few others. His 247Sports Crystal Ball favors the Buckeyes at 100%.
Tournament keeps keepin’ on for Kennelly scholarship
For the fifth consecutive year, the Keepin’ on for KFK 16-inch Softball Tournament raised thousands of dollars for a noble cause on July 9. Funds go toward the Kevin F. Kennelly Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in honor of a Beverly teen who died in 2011 after he was struck in the head during an incident in Long Beach, Ind.
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