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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Caravan Lacrosse all-stars help lead the way in IHSLA All-Star Game

With a Caravan trio, Ben Hynek, Nik Kubik, and Anthony Cresto all represented the Beverly neighborhood well in the 2017 B-Class Illinois High School Lacrosse Association's All-Star Game on June 6.  Hynek dropped in two goals to help lead the team to a 17-8 victory.  For more on this story and the full game summary, click here.




Mount Carmel baseball player crowned Gatorade’s Player of The Year
Mount Carmel High School junior Alek Thomas was named Gatorade’s 2016-17 Illinois Baseball Player of the Year, for the first time in school history. The prestigious award honors and recognizes not only outstanding baseball performances on the field from a player, but also a high standard of academic achievement and exemplary character off the field as a student.
Catholic League football realignment plan not a hit with some coaches
Change is coming to the Catholic Blue and some coaches are seeing red. Catholic League administrators recently approved a football realignment plan for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, when the conference drops from 18 to 15 members. Aurora Christian, Bishop McNamara and St. Francis are leaving after 2017 to join the Metro Suburban Conference. The new alignment will feature three divisions and break up the core five Blue schools — Brother Rice, Loyola, Mount Carmel, Providence and St. Rita — for the first time in 16 years.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Hyde Park Historical Society will host its annual History Fair Program on Saturday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the sanctuary of Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Students will give project presentations in front of a panel of experts that will include Oral Historian Timuel D. Black, Jr., HPHS President Emeritus Jay Mulberry, and Assistant Principal of Mount Carmel High School and a long-time board member of the Chicago Metro History Center Maryhelen Matijevic.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2-Year Old Cancer Patient To Benefit From Garage Sale
There may not be a bigger high school rivalry on Chicago's South Side than the one that exists between St. Rita and Mount Carmel. But this weekend, a student at one school will host an event to help the nephew of a beloved former student of the other.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In its 32nd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Alek Thomas of Mount Carmel High School as its 2016-17 Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year. Thomas is the first Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Mount Carmel High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Thomas as Illinois’s best high school baseball player. 
Reavis ousts Mount Carmel to set up showdown with St. Laurence
Andrew Padilla scattered five hits, allowed one earned run and struck out four to lead Reavis to a 5-4 win over the host Caravan in the Class 4A Mount Carmel Regional championship game.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kennelly Fund to host fundraisers
As difficult as it was for Kennelly’s parents, Kevin and Jean, and their family and friends to cope with the shock and grief surrounding Kevin’s death, loved ones quickly went to work organizing fundraisers to benefit teens like Kevin. The Kevin F. Kennelly Jr. Scholarship Fund, which supports students enrolling at Mt. Carmel High School, where Kennelly was a student, has raised $194,700 for scholarships through various events held each year.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Woodlawn’s renaissance: Chicago neighborhood poised to bloom in time for Obama Presidential Center
A South Side community is working to pull itself up by its bootstraps. Residents are coming together to design a 20-year plan that is already reducing crime and is expected to attract new business, investment and new residents just in time for the arrival of the Obama Presidential Center. Residents of Woodlawn say they’re in the midst of a renaissance.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mount Carmel's Cooper adds new offers
On Monday, Cincinnati became the latest school to offer Chicago Mt. Carmel's Jeremy Cooper, a class of 2018 offensive lineman who is now nearing double digits on his offer list. Colorado, Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois are among his other offers.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Local roundup: Alek Thomas, Christian Lucio lift Mount Carmel past Brother Rice
With Mount Carmel having lost five of its last six heading into Monday's game at Catholic Blue champion Brother Rice, junior center fielder Alek Thomas wanted to follow the example set by pitcher Christian Lucio. "We all need to have the same attitude as Christian," Thomas said. "We hit a bump in the road, but he's always confident. On the car ride here he was like 'I'm ready, I'm pumped, we're going to win this game.'"

Monday, May 15, 2017

ake Ridgway, Brother Rice climb past Mount Carmel for Catholic Blue title
Brother Rice coach John McCarthy called timeout and motioned for senior outfielder Jake Ridgway to step out of the batter's box for a little talk. The Crusaders had two runners on base in the first inning, and Ridgway looked anxious at the plate. "I was swinging over some curveballs," Ridgway said. "Coach told me to wait back, that I'm probably going to get a good pitch to hit, and to drive it the other way." That's precisely what Ridgway did Saturday, ripping a single to right field that scored a run. He later added a solo homer as Brother Rice earned a 15-11 Catholic Blue win over Mount Carmel.
Obama Library Will Give $3.1 Billion Boost To Cook County, New Report Says
The Obama Presidential Center will create more than 2,500 new jobs and have a 10-year economic impact of $3.1 billion throughout Cook County — far greater economic benefits than previous estimates, a new report says. The Obama Foundation Thursday released an analysis by Deloitte Consulting that predicts the library will contribute to the creation of 2,536 permanent jobs in Cook County through its ongoing activities

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Guerra, O'Shea, Notre Dame College bests reigning Champ UC Davis for D1AA title
Notre Dame College scored five tries in the second half of Saturday's Men's D1AA National Championship Final to end University of California, Davis', two-year run atop the division, 40-20. 2016 alums Andrew Guerra and Patrick O'Shea helped clinch the title for the Falcons in their first year on the team.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Why Woodlawn is coming back strong
Last week we stood shoulder to shoulder with members of the Woodlawn community to celebrate the latest chapter in a story of neighborhood renewal and redevelopment. We were at the corner of 61st and Cottage Grove to announce that Jewel has chosen to locate its newest store there – the first full-service grocery store to locate in Woodlawn since Hillman’s closed more than 40 years ago.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mount Carmel's Bobby Seymour proving to be a tough out
Mount Carmel senior Bobby Seymour has been on a season-long tear at the plate. It's one that even Seymour, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound first baseman, has a difficult time explaining. "I've had some really good stretches, but I don't remember anything like this," Seymour said. "I'm feeling pretty good. I'm just trying to keep things simple. I think the biggest thing is that I'm just more mature at the plate. I'm not trying to do too much." Mount Carmel coach Brian Hurry is pleased to see Seymour's hard work paying off. "He really is locked in," Hurry said. "He's had an outstanding year. He's been focused. I know how hard he works and it's good to see it paying off." With the Catholic League Blue in full swing, Seymour is looking to extend his success at the plate. "This is my favorite time to play," Seymour said. "The Catholic League Blue games are the ones you can't wait to play. You get up for these games."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Caravan’s Hoey picks Indiana on Signing Day
Mount Carmel senior wrestler Dillon Hoey can’t pick the best thing he likes about wrestling; he loves every aspect of the sport. A Beverly resident and St. Barnabas Elementary School graduate, Hoey closed an impressive high school career by signing on April 12 with Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Ind., to continue his academic and athletic career. “When you’re out there wrestling, it’s just you,” Hoey said. “If you make a mistake, you can’t blame it on a teammate or your team. I love the discipline. It takes so much mental toughness to keep the discipline, work out and make weight. I’ve also met some of my best friends through wrestling.”

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Seven advance in Chicago History Fair competition
Each year, every Mount Carmel junior enrolled in U.S. History is required to develop a project for the Chicago Metro History Fair. This year, 20 of those projects advanced to the regional competition at the Illinois Institute of Technology on March 11. Of those 20 projects, seven were chosen to advance to the next round of competition: Anthony Morales and Kendall Nichols advanced in the documentary category; Zachary Pasciak and Zachary Styka advanced in the research paper category; and Ryan Foley, Jordan Patterson, and Edward Carter advanced in the exhibits category.
Mock Trial team competes in Howlett Cup
On Friday night and Saturday morning, the Mount Carmel Mock Trial team competed in the fourth annual Howlett Cup Mock Trial competition. The Howlett Cup is an “invite-only” competition for Catholic schools in the Chicago area. This year there were eight teams competing: Cristo Rey, Cristo Rey St. Martin, Christ the King, DePaul Prep, Fenwick, St. Ignatius, Loyola Academy, and Mount Carmel. The competition takes place in courtrooms within the Daley Center. Each team competes twice – once on Friday night and once on Saturday morning. For each trial, each team puts on a different side of the same case and competes against a different school. Each trial takes place in front of an actual judge, with five jurors comprised of lawyers, legal professionals, and law school professors. On Friday night, Mount Carmel’s team played the role of the plaintiffs in competition against St. Ignatius’ defense team. On Saturday morning MC represented the defendants and competed against Cristo Rey.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Baseball: Mount Carmel Edges out Marist
Thanks to five scoreless innings, three hits and seven strikeouts by pitcher Diego Munoz, the Mount Carmel High School Caravan prevailed over Catholic League rivals Marist High School 6-5 on Sunday afternoon, April 2, at Caravan Field, 6410 S. Dante Ave. In the first inning, the Caravan’s offense would jump out to an early 3-0 lead after multiple hits were surrendered to outfielder Alek Thomas and infielder Zion Pettigrew, who would combine for four hits against Marist High School pitching.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Mock Trial team competes in Howlett Cup
On Friday night and Saturday morning, the Mount Carmel Mock Trial team competed in the fourth annual Howlett Cup Mock Trial competition. The Howlett Cup is an “invite-only” competition for Catholic schools in the Chicago area. This year there were eight teams competing: Cristo Rey, Cristo Rey St. Martin, Christ the King, DePaul Prep, Fenwick, St. Ignatius, Loyola Academy, and Mount Carmel. The competition takes place in courtrooms within the Daley Center.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mount Carmel student raises $136,000 for pediatric cancer research
This year Mount Carmel High School senior Rudy Melchiorre raised $136,000 for pediatric cancer research. In his four years at the school, located at 6410 S. Dante Ave., he has raised $671,000. Add that to what he and his older brother Michael raised during their combined years at the school and the young men have raised over $800,000. All of that goes to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mount Carmel to honor local residents at annual banquet
Beverly residents will be honored at the Mount Carmel High School alumni banquet on Friday, May 5. Matt Taylor, class of 1957, will be honored as the Mount Carmel Man of the Year. Taylor is a 46 year resident of Beverly and president of the Maple/Morgan Park Community Food Pantry for 30 years. He is also a member of the Mt. Carmel Hall of Fame and a past recipient of the Fr. Aquinas Colgan Humanitarian Award. Taylor and his 1957 classmates will celebrate their 60th year anniversary at the banquet.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Caravan opens season in style
Opening the season in dominant style, the Caravan defeated the Seahawks of Vancouver 59-0 and the Broken Arrow Club of Oklahoma 64-0 in its two games. The invitational is the largest rugby tournament hosted in the United States, with 28 divisions including professional, men’s and women’s college, age-group and high school teams.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Former Star QB Jordan Lynch Back at Northern Illinois as Coach
“I hear it all the time, how crazy it is that Jordan Lynch is our position coach,” Jones told NBC 5’s Mike Berman. “I tell them I’m excited, I’m ready to rock and roll.” Just five years ago, former quarterback Jordan Lynch led the Huskies to the Orange Bowl. Four years ago, he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Now, after a short professional career in Canada, the Chicago native is hoping to get his alma mater back in the national spotlight as a coach.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Working his way through the slow-paced and stressful preliminaries of the state swimming meet, Mt. Carmel junior diver Eric Correa found himself right where he wanted to be. Executing his first eight dives, he was in the hunt for a state title as he sat in fourth place heading to the finals. Correa stepped up his performance in the finals, finishing second in Illinois with 499.60 points with Niles North senior Maxim Royzen (527.50) winning the crown.