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Monday, February 13, 2017

Women who coach boys teams strive to become bigger part of the game
Hannah Puckorius, Mount Carmel basketball coach, is one of the few females who coach a boys high school team in the Chicago area. Her sport is especially selective when it comes to female coaching involvement. Some boys sports, such as volleyball and swimming, always have featured female coaches as part of the game. In others, like basketball, baseball, football and wrestling, female coaches are very rare. Women who choose to coach typically male-dominated sports face many challenges, but the ones who spoke with the Tribune hope they can show sex doesn't decide one's coaching capability — no matter the sport. Click here to read more....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mount Carmel's Alek Thomas commits to TCU for baseball, football
Mount Carmel junior Alek Thomas had to stop himself from laughing at the thought of playing three sports in college. Thomas, a three-sport starter in football, basketball and baseball for the Caravan, went on an unofficial visit to Texas Christian in late January. While in Fort Worth, Thomas, who was mulling offers from numerous schools to play football and baseball, made an unscheduled trip to a TCU basketball game.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Eric Correa started his athletic career as a gymnast and at the age of 12. He was winning national competitions and was even invited to take part in an Olympic development program. However, after several injuries, he was taken out of the sport he had excelled at so quickly. While attending St. Thomas Moore in Dyer, he started diving, as it was the closest thing to gymnastics. While at first he was hesitant it was very clear he had a knack for it. His freshman year was only his 2nd year of diving, and in that first season he placed 26th at the IHSA state competition.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Aimed at heightening the Catholic, Carmelite identity and expanding service learning opportunities for students to express their faith in action, Mount Carmel faculty, staff, and students volunteered side-by-side at Chicago Catholic Charities, Kenwood United Church of Christ, Respond Now, Pacific Garden Mission, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Lakeview Pantry, Share Your Souls Foundation, St. Blaise Food Pantry, St. Irenaeus Food Bank, St. Sabina Food Pantry, St. Leonard Food Pantry, Casa Catalina, Feed My Starving Children, Sertoma Center, and Respond Now.

Friday, January 27, 2017

15 Seniors Named Illinois State Scholars
Each year, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission names exemplary students from throughout the state as Illinois State Scholars. The program considers the student’s ACT or SAT score, class rank, and high school record, including their cumulative GPA from all four years of high school. This year, 15 Mount Carmel seniors were named Illinois State Scholars.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wrestling: Mount Carmel rolls past Providence Catholic
But the second half of the dual meet was all Caravan as they captured victories in the final seven matches and rattled off 32 straight points to claim a 41-21 win.

Monday, January 23, 2017

After achieving straight A’s for the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year, 28 Mount Carmel students were rewarded with a celebratory breakfast on Monday, January 23rd. The ten freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors and eight seniors commemorated their exceptional academic standing through an interactive panel featuring Mount Carmel President Ned Hughes ‘70, Principal John Stimler, and 1976 Mount Carmel graduate Marty Plys.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Current Mount Carmel High School Sophomores will be participating in IMPACT week, January 24-27. Sophomore Impact week focuses on the theme of hunger and poverty.  Students will learn about the systemic forces that limit opportunities for many in our society, and engage service to food banks, community food pantries, and organizations that provide direct help to under-resourced communities in our own area and worldwide.  The week concludes with a day of reflection and class liturgy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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.
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.

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’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.
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?”

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

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.
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

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Senior Emmanuel Reid (Chicago, Beverly) was one of seven students selected to travel to Iceland for a week with the global educational travel program EF Educational Tours.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Jacob Correa '17 (Whiting, IN) has been selected for the Future Leaders of Chicago program at the University of Chicago. 

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Mount Carmel's Alek Thomas rounds third base after his solo home run against St. Rita.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Mount Carmel High School hosted two scholarship luncheons to honor the achievements of current freshmen who were recipients of the James Barda Leadership Award and the Kevin F. Kennelly Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Lewis middle hitter Bobby Walsh was a first team All-American selection Monday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Connie Goodman of Dyer taught her son, Brian, 17, to fish when he was a youngster. They traveled to various spots over the years and it became a beloved hobby for both of them. Brian attends Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and belongs to the fishing team there.

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 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



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