Thursday, August 27, 2015
Mount Carmel always has been known for having a run-first offense. However, with multiple game-breaking receivers and a strong-armed, accurate quarterback at the helm this season, the Caravan might be a little more willing to air things out. That said, no one from Mount Carmel, the No. 2 team in the Daily Southtown Preseason Top 10, was willing to say for certain that it will come to pass.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Marquise Peggs spent all day Tuesday driving 850-plus miles with his mom and two aunts from Chicago to New Haven, Conn. But for the recent Mount Carmel graduate and South Shore resident, the trip to his new home — Yale University — likely will represent a complete lifestyle change.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Mount Carmel outfielder Alek Thomas referred to the competition as "nothing I've ever seen in my life." Joliet Catholic pitcher Drake Fellows described the atmosphere as "awesome." Both local talents were describing their experiences at the recently completed Area Code Baseball Games in Long Beach, Calif. The invitation-only event, which began on Aug. 4 and ended Monday, featured some of the best high school talent in the country.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
The fourth annual “Keepin’ on for KFK” 16-inch Softball Tournament brought out hundreds of people to Kennedy Park on July 11 in memory of Kevin Kennelly, a Beverly teen who died in July 2011. According to officials, $10,000 was raised. That money will go toward the Kevin Kennelly Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to students at Mt. Carmel High School, where Kennelly would have been a senior in the fall of 2011.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Two Big Ten schools have offered him. One Big 12 team has as well. Five days after an unofficial visit, an SEC school offered Mount Carmel incoming senior Steven Wirtel. One of the Class of 2016's last remaining premier unsigned recruits from the Chicago area, Wirtel has an impressive offer list — Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas and Georgia.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Five starters graduated from the state runner-up squad, but don’t expect much to change for the Mt. Carmel baseball team next spring. The Caravan received a strong pitching performance from junior ace Cameron Hupe, and the four returning position players all had strong offensive performances to lift Mt. Carmel to a 5-3 triumph over St. Rita in the quarterfinals of the Richards summer regional on July 14.
The Marist bats stayed hot against Mt. Carmel in the championship game, scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth to erase a 2-1 deficit and take a 5-2 triumph on July 16. The RedHawks finished with nine hits. “I’m proud of my guys. We had a long run through the spring and summer,” said Mt. Carmel Coach Brian Hurry. “We are excited for next season and what we can accomplish. We have a lot of really talented, hard-working players coming back who should keep our program on top.”
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.