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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mount Carmel senior Jack Spellman (Beverly), was cast in the 42nd Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival’s production of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Jack is the first student from Mount Carmel to be involved in in an all-state production like this.
Corrrea wins, Ignatius swim rolls in tri-meet
Making history for Mt. Carmel High School the last two seasons, junior diver Eric Correa knows that this year pressure is in the air. As the school’s first diver to make the state meet, Correa is doing his best to stay even-keeled as he navigates the regular season.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Mount Carmel finishes 3rd at Dvorak meet
Competing against some of the Midwest’s top high school wrestling teams at the typically talent-laden Al Dvorak Memorial Invitational on Dec. 22-23, Mt. Carmel High School’s performance did not disappoint. Scoring 187 points and placing 11 wrestlers in the top eight of their respective weight classes, the Caravan claimed third place at the annual tournament.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Beverly Review: Year in Review-Prep Sports Story of the Year
The Beverly area did not disappoint in other sports. Here is a round-up of another memorable year for area prep teams.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Beloved Chicago Priest Rev. William Harold Sheridan Dies
Rev. William Harold Sheridan, a beloved Chicago priest known for his faculty role with Quigley Preparatory Seminary North and his years of service at St. Philip Neri on the city’s Southeast Side, has died. Sheridan grew up on Chicago’s South Side, attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine School in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood and later Mount Carmel High School.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners. “Each of these 15 State Scholars should be very proud of this excellent academic achievement,” said Mr. John Stimler. “Mount Carmel congratulates them on this honor as well as the families and educators that helped prepare them and support their academic efforts.”

Saturday, December 17, 2016

High school wrestling roundup
Chicago Mount Carmel 43, Huntley 21: At the Chicago Mount Carmel quad, the Red Raiders fell short against the host team. Huntley had pins from Joey Armijo (132) and Jacob Catini (220). The Red Raiders (11-6) also received victories from Sammy Spencer (106), Josh Stenger (120) and Christian Benitez (285).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Beverly native’s comeback leads to gig at Double Door
Connor Grant’s musical talents led him to touring around the world with several well-known bands, but, in a cruel twist of fate, a nagging injury to his strumming thumb set his music career back in recent months. However, he’s on a comeback—and it’s taking him back to Chicago.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Mothers to break out dancing shoes
Mothers who send their sons to Mount Carmel make many sacrifices, both in paying private school tuition and in supporting their sons emotionally through all the challenges of high school. The annual Mother-Son Dance, which will take place on Saturday, December 3, from 8:00-10:30 pm in the Commons, is a time for students to show their gratitude towards their mothers by sharing an evening of dinner and dancing.
Giving Coding school founder works to unlock kids' potential
Neal Sales-Griffin has also volunteered with Future Founders, a Chicago-based nonprofit that teaches elementary, high school and college students entrepreneurial skills. He also sits on the board at Mount Carmel High School in Woodlawn, which he attended, and on committees at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The M.C. Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to serving the financial needs of students of Mount Carmel High School, presents Tom Carey - Howie Fagan Day at the Races to honor coaches, players, captains, faculty, and select individuals who have made invaluable contributions to Mount Carmel.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mount Carmel claims Prep Bowl win to conclude rollercoaster season
“The Prep Bowl is still a huge experience,” Lenti said. “Some people try to demean it because it’s not a state championship. Someone gets a chance to end the season with a ‘W.’ More importantly, look at the Catholic and Public League kids who got to continue their season, play more and had an opportunity to maybe be seen by college coaches. Why would anybody not want that for their players?”
Mount Carmel’s #BrownTuesday will benefit the Men of Carmel Fund which provides tuition assistance to students in need and focuses on the spiritual development of our students through ministry and service. It also supports our co-curricular activities, including our 27 clubs and student organizations.
Mount Carmel celebrates renovation
Mt. Carmel High School recently celebrated the completion of a $3.5 million renovation to its third floor and infrastructure with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This phase of the renovation is part of a $15 million capital campaign to improve the main school building, originally constructed in 1924.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Recruiting notes: Mount Carmel's Zion Pettigrew, Bobby Seymour sign for baseball
Mount Carmel teammates Zion Pettigrew and Bobby Seymour didn't plan on following a similar path. It just happened that way. Pettigrew and Seymour verbally committed to play baseball in college — Pettigrew to Iowa, Seymour to Wake Forest — early in their high school careers. Neither player wavered in their commitments, either.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nine Caravan athletes sign letters of intent
On November 15, some of the athletic leaders of the Mount Carmel community solidified their futures by signing to play at the collegiate stage. The nine senior signees were athletes from four different sports, with their future athletic programs ranging from Division I to the Division III level.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Daily Southtown Local Roundup: Prep Bowl
Mike Kennedy, who was named MVP, rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury as Mount Carmel (8-5) repeated as Prep Bowl champion at Gately Stadium. Aristotle Nakos (13 carries, 67 yards) added a pair of TD runs and quarterback Alek Thomas accounted for a pair of TDs for the Caravan, which never trailed after scoring the first 21 points of the game.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Mount Carmel finishes strong with Prep Bowl win over Simeon
Mount Carmel jumped to a 21-0 lead on a 62-yard TD run from Kennedy, Thomas' TD pass to Billingsley and a 35-yard fumble recovery return for a score by Eddie McGee. Jackson, though, moved from receiver to quarterback and kept the Wolverines (8-6) in it. In addition to his three TD runs, he threw a 12-yard TD to Arkalius Howard. Macauley Kilbane, Jonas Filer and Phazione McClurge had interceptions for the Caravan. "The whole year was a roller coaster," Kilbane said. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Mike Clark on Preps: Mount Carmel's Frank Lenti still going strong
So why go on in a career that may never be equaled? Lenti has 364 wins (two ahead of Springfield Sacred Heart-Grifin's Ken Leonard), 16 trips to the state finals and 11 championships (well ahead of anybody ever). It's simple: "The important thing is knowing we're still making an impact on kids' lives. Our winning is a byproduct of forcing kids to measure up, to be good people, good students, good athletes."

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Quarterback Alek Thomas looking to lead Mount Carmel to Prep Bowl title
However, it allowed Mount Carmel to begin preparation for the Prep Bowl playoffs. True to form, the Caravan have won three consecutive Catholic League playoff games, knocking off De La Salle, St. Rita and Brother Rice. And leading the way has been the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Thomas, who ran for two touchdowns during a 35-28 win over Brother Rice. Thomas has also played receiver, running back and kick returner for the Caravan. He's completed 66 of 96 passes for 841 yards and eight touchdowns; carried the ball 120 times for 843 yards and 11 TDs, and has caught 15 passes for 203 yards and five TDs.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Bowling Green, Notre Dame College survive tough D1AA playoffs to reach Fall Final
Competing in the Midwest Regional at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., Bowling Green smashed Mount St. Mary's, 78-20, Saturday, Nov.19, to set up a Semifinal fixture against Lindenwood-Belleville. Inside center Adam Regini's two tries helped the Falcons sprint out to a 45-3 lead by halftime. Mount St. Mary's would score the first 12 points of the second half before Bowling Green returned to the offensive. Regini added a third score and was followed by Chris Labadie, Alex Cranmer, Phil Bryant, and Andre Slonkosky to cap the 58-point blowout. Read more at
Disabato: Let's be Frank, not a typical season for Mount Carmel coach Lenti
While the opportunity to compete for the program's 13th state championship was no longer a possibility, winning the Prep Bowl was in reach. Not quite what the Caravan had in mind at the start of the regular season, because this is a program built on winning state titles. "We said to the kids, 'Do you want to keep playing or go through the motions?'" Lenti said. "We don't believe in revenge. That's not how we're built. Playing St. Rita and Brother Rice was a chance for redemption." It would also allow for the 1985 and 2016 teams to share in the achievement of winning the Prep Bowl after not competing in the state playoffs.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

DIII men's cross country: North Central clinches 17th national title
Perennial power North Central College won its 17th NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Championship today with a score of 60, finishing ahead of runner up SUNY Geneseo with a score of 204 and third place University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a score of 209. The Championship was run under mostly cloudy skies, windy conditions and 40 degree temperatures on the course at E.P “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Phil Segroves leads Mount Carmel into new era of basketball
Sam Panayotovich sits down with Mount Carmel head varsity basketball coach Phil Segroves as he embarks on his first campaign with the Caravan. Topics include Segroves’ 19 year tenure at the school, his coaching roots, Alabama accents, tales from freshman football, being a father, building a program of his own and welcoming Dwyane Wade to the MC family.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Josiah Ash the Daily Southtown 2016 Boys Soccer Player of the Year
When Mount Carmel forward/defender Josiah Ash returned for his junior season this fall, he was a completely different player than he had been the last time he put on a Caravan jersey. A role player as a sophomore, Ash had a breakout summer while playing for the Chicago Fire Academy U-15 team and came into the high school season with a new sense of confidence.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ground attack powers Caravan to win at Br. Rice
With the season on the line, the Mount Carmel High School varsity football team didn’t make any huge halftime adjustments. There was nothing crazy to provide a spark, no big trick up their sleeve. The Caravan instead stayed patient, pounded the ball on the ground and worked the clock. Scoring three second half touchdowns after trailing 28-14 at halftime, Mount Carmel claimed a 35-28 comeback win over rival and host Br. Rice in the Catholic League championship on a sunny Nov. 12 afternoon.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mount Carmel soccer falters late, still wins first state hardware
The final buzzer had sounded, closing the books on an incredible season for the Caravan. Anderson paused for a second, smiled briefly, shook his head and walked upfield to join his teammates. Playing at Hoffman Estates High School on Nov. 5, Mount Carmel fell 3-1 to Latin in overtime for the Class 2A state title in a game that grew progressively chippy and physical in the second half and overtime. The state trophy was the first in program history for the Caravan (19-4-1).

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Latin earns first boys soccer state title with 2A win over Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel took the lead with 3:54 left in the first half when Jaylen Anderson scored off a Josiah Ash pass. "The guys worked hard all season," Caravan coach Antonio Godinez said. "We didn't get the objective, but we'd never won a sectional or a supersectional. You can't always come in first, but these guys wanted to put Mount Carmel soccer on the map."

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Boys soccer scoreboard: Saturday, Nov. 5 results
Boys soccer scoreboard: Saturday, Nov. 5 results
Chicago Latin 3, Mt. Carmel 1 (2 OT)
Mt. Carmel 1 0 0-0--1
Chicago Latin 0 1 1-1--3
Mt. Carmel -- Jaylen Anderson (Josiah Ash),
Chicago Latin -- Ike Baldwin (John Schuler), Jon Schuler, Jonah Schenk).
Goalkeepers -- MtC: Sergio Valencia (4 saves); CLat; Ian Cahr (2 saves), Michael Davis (4 saves).
Mount Carmel still comes home winner with second-place trophy in boys soccer
Mount Carmel (19-4-1), which had never won a sectional, nonetheless took home the first state trophy in program history. "The guys worked hard all season," Caravan coach Antonio Godinez said. "We didn't get the objective, but we had the best season we've ever had. You can't always come in first, but these guys wanted to put Mount Carmel soccer on the map."

Friday, November 04, 2016

Mount Carmel to showcase a real keeper in state semifinals with Sergio Valencia
Valencia has surely done that. He's allowed just one goal in five playoff victories as the Caravan advanced to the Class 2A state semifinals for the first time in program history. Mount Carmel (18-3-1) will take on Jacksonville (21-4) at 1 p.m. Friday at Hoffman Estates. "It means a lot for our program," Valencia said. "This is what we've been working for all season. When the season started, we felt like we could make it to state, and now we have."
Jacksonville loses state soccer semifinal in ninth round of penalty kicks
While Jacksonville High School may have been the better team in the second half and overtime, the Crimsons came up empty handed Friday in a 2-1 penalty kick shootout loss to Mount Carmel in the Class 2A boys soccer state tournament semifinals at Hoffman Estates High School.
Sergio Valencia lifts Mount Carmel to boys soccer state final
Valencia kept the shootout alive with a save in the fifth round, then scored the winning goal in the ninth round as the Caravan topped the Crimsons 8-7 to earn a 2-1 win at Hoffman Estates. "It feels awesome," Valencia said. "It's the first time at state for Mount Carmel, and now we're playing in the championship game. It's a great experience. Hopefully we can take it all."

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Crimsons, Caravan are state newcomers
It’s just the way the brackets worked out. On Saturday, at least one team that’s never played a state soccer match will have a chance to win it all in Class 2A. Will it be Chicago Mount Carmel, a school more known for football than futbol, or Jacksonville, the only downstate team in the final four? The two teams are more similar than the distance between them might suggest. Jacksonville (21-4) had never reached the super-sectionals before defeating Springfield High 3-2 Tuesday at University of Illinois Springfield. Mount Carmel (18-3-1) played and lost a supersectional match in 2006.
Mount Carmel (19-4) advanced to the Lemont Supersectional at Lewis University in Romeoville on Nov. 1. The sectional title was the program’s first since 2006. “These guys set goals and objectives for the season,” Mount Carmel Coach Antonio Godinez said. “Last year’s regional taught these guys how to do it. It is all building blocks working toward that goal, and they are learning. It’s all a learning process.”
Inaugural Leadership Conference teaches event planning
Mount Carmel hosted a Leadership Conference for 7th and 8th graders from six Catholic grammar schools on October 21, 2016. Arriving at 9:30 AM, the grammar school students were welcomed by Principal John Stimler, President Ned Hughes, and Director of Student Activities Patrick McGarry, who spoke briefly about how much work goes into the many activities at Mount Carmel.
Mount Carmel's only previous supersectional appearance came in 2006, when it lost to Morton. "This win means a lot for us," Godinez said. "It means a lot for our families, the community and the school. (Football coach) Frank Lenti told me, 'You've got to help us out. We can't do it every year. It's your turn.' We wanted to continue the tradition of excellence."

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

While most people this past Monday, the 31st, adorned themselves with costumes in a search for candy, at the same time a celebration of those we’ve lost was being had. Dia De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, originated in Mexico and has continued to be celebrated throughout the world, including right here at Mount Carmel High School.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

MOUNT Carmel soccer avoids upset to claim second straight regional
With a team that has shown an ability to score goals in bunches this season, Mount. Carmel High School senior Jaylen Anderson would have preferred a goal that came off a better shot. Maybe a goal off a well-executed set piece or a teammate using his ball-handling skills to create a pretty shot. However, with the playoffs in full swing, Anderson knows a simple truth: a goal is a goal.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Manuel Cerritos, Mount Carmel soccer win sectional
As he stepped up to take the penalty kick that could earn Mount Carmel a sectional championship, senior defender Manuel Cerritos felt the pressure. He did his best to block it out. "I was nervous, but I just tried to focus," Cerritos said. "I was just envisioning making the kick and then celebrating with my teammates. I kept picturing that in my head."
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