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Friday, August 18, 2017

Bill Weick remembered as coaching icon at Mount Carmel, Brother Rice
Weick died on Tuesday at the age of 85, but his legacy will live on. He was a great wrestler in his own right, winning a state title at Tilden in 1949 and two NCAA championships at what is now Northern Iowa. Weick moved into coaching, starting a legendary career that began at Maquoketa, Iowa in 1957 and continued through last season.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mount Carmel campers benefit from unique experience
Mount Carmel High School summer camps had the largest turnout in school history. With summer camps catering to both academics and athletics, Mount Carmel High School brought in more than 550 elementary school students earlier this summer. The 13 unique four-day programs welcomed students from all over Chicagoland to the Northwest Indiana areas.
Wrestling Coach Bill Weick Dies
Legendary wrestling coach Bill Weick died in his sleep Wednesday night, according to his fellow coach at Brother Rice High School. Weick, 85, of south suburban Chicago Ridge was the head wrestling coach at the school at 10001 S. Pulaski Road in Mount Greenwood. He previously coached wrestling for 18 years at rival Mount Carmel High School in Woodlawn.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mount Carmel grad Lewis makes most of summer
Opening the summer baseball season with the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, Mt. Carmel High School graduate A.J. Lewis earned a unique spot on the roster. While other players were listed as pitches, infielders, outfielders and catchers, Lewis was simply identified as “other.” A potential dig maybe, but not for Lewis.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gophers defensive lineman Steven Richardson, labeled as too short, rides high by staying low
A Gophers senior defensive tackle entering his fourth year as a starter, Richardson is making the most of his generously listed 6-foot frame and has become one of the better defensive linemen in the country.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Dowling Scholarship Fund to continue after final 18
The Kevin Dowling Scholarship Fund will go on, but its annual golf outing is coming to a close. The scholarship is named in honor of a Beverly teen who died 22 years ago, and Dowling’s friends and family will host their final golf outing on Sept. 8 at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont. While the event always draws a large crowd on an annual basis, Jim McKeever, Dowling’s brother-in-law, said organizers wanted to make sure they ended the event on a high note.
Art Kennelly, 68, pedaled tricycle into local hearts
Throughout Beverly/Morgan Park, Arthur “Art” Kennelly Jr. was known as the friendly guy who rode an adult tricycle through the neighborhood, striking up conversations with residents or visiting family. Born Nov. 5, 1948, Kennelly grew up in South Shore, and he attended Mount Carmel High School. He was a lifeguard at Rainbow Beach in the 1960s, and he attended St. Ambrose University, where he founded the school’s rugby club.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Why the recruiting industry got it wrong with Steven Richardson
Steven Richardson does not believe in playing with a chip on your shoulder. If he did, the senior Minnesota defensive tackle would justifiably have one of the biggest in the Big Ten. Minnesota was the only Power Five school, and one of just three FBS programs, to extend an offer to Richardson coming out of high school even though he played for a Chicago Mt. Carmel team that won state championships in both his junior and senior seasons. Recruiting networks, like-wise, were less than optimistic for Richardson’s college career. He was ranked no higher than the 56th best defensive tackle prospect in the 2014 class and as low as the 57th best prospect coming out of the state of Illinois that year.
Under Armour All-American Baseball Game: Alek Thomas knows what it takes to make it big
Alek Thomas knows all about the idiosyncrasies of patrolling the outfield at Wrigley Field. The 17-year-old Chicagoan has played at the iconic park and even shagged pre-game fly balls this week prior to the annual Chicago Cubs-Chicago White Sox inter-league clash.
Alek Thomas (Mount Carmel High, Chicago) made a difficult play in center field early in the game. On a shallow line drive in front of him, Thomas dove forward and made the catch to rob Groshans of a base hit.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Abdel Raoul Selected to attend golf prep academy
Abdel Raoul 2019 was selected to attend the First Tee National Golf Academy in West Palm Beach, Fla., next month. Raoul, who is a part of The First Tee of Greater Chicago, is one of 24 junior golfers from the First Tee, in the 15-18-year-old age group that was selected by a national panel of judges to participate in the academy for elite players.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Mount Carmel's Jeremy Cooper a future coup for Cincinnati's offensive line
In a matter of two days, Mount Carmel senior Jeremy Cooper made his college choice and watched the quarterback he might someday protect do the same thing. Cooper, a starting offensive guard and defensive end, committed on Monday, June 26 to Cincinnati.

Monday, July 03, 2017

MaxPreps names top 15 most dominant football programs in Illinois since 2006
The high school sports website named the top programs based on a computer-generated points system, factoring in seasons since 2006. Teams that win a state championship earn 20 points and a runner-up receives 10 points. Additional points are awarded based on the final MaxPreps Top 25 state rankings each season. Top of the list are Lombard Montini (256 points), Chicago Mount Carmel (248), Wilmette Loyola (242), Glen Ellyn Glenbard West (227) and Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (214). Eight of the 15 are private schools, including four of the top five.
Wayne Racine '85 excited to take on Noll football rebuild
New coach Wayne Racine doesn't want the Warriors to fear the 25 or any other negative number. Racine comes to the private school in Hammond from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, but the 50-year-old's roots are in Chicagoland. He played at Mount Carmel for the famed Frank Lenti and was on staff at south suburban schools DeLaSalle, St. Joseph's, Stagg and St. Francis de Sales.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mount Carmel High School’s Class of 2017 collectively has been awarded $16,843,827 in college scholarships. “We are proud of the academic success of our students and the support that they receive from our teachers and counselors, especially Tom Eisenbraun who assists in the college admissions process,” said Mount Carmel Principal John Haggerty. “The almost 17 million dollars in scholarships earned by the Class of 2017 is a testament to the quality education that each student receives at Mount Carmel.”
Top 15 most dominant Illinois high school football programs since 2006
The race to be named the most dominant high school football program in Illinois since MaxPreps became America's source for high school sports is three-headed. While Montini Catholic came out on top of our points system to grab the title, Chicago Mt. Carmel and Loyola Academy were right behind the Broncos. Montini (256) edged Mt. Carmel (248) and Loyola (242) thanks to five state titles. Larger schools fared the best, yet 4A power Rochester could not be denied by virtue of six state titles since 2006, which we call the MaxPreps era.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fr. Carl Markelz, O.Carm. elected to PCM's New Provincial Leadership Team
Wiliam J. Harry , O. Carm., has been re-elected Prior Provincial. Carl Joseph Markelz, O. Carm., has been elected Vice Prior Provincial. Additionally, four Carmelites were elected as Councilors for the Province. They are: Paul Henson, O.Carm., First Councilor; Quinn Conners, O. Carm., Second Councilor; Emilio Rodríguez Mendez, O. Carm., Third Councilor, and Daryl Moresco, O. Carm., Fourth Councilor.
The Impact: Jeremy Cooper
After lighting up the recruiting trail and landing two commitments in one day last Monday, Cincinnati stays hot one week later by landing 2018 Mount Carmel, IL (Mount Carmel) OG Jeremy Cooper. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder visited the Bearcats on June 14th, a visit he called “absolutely amazing.” During that visit, he got the full experience and got to see all that Cincinnati had to offer him.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Draft 2018: Alek Thomas
Some of you may know about this young man. Most, I am guessing are unaware of him. For starters, he is the number one high school player in Illinois. He plays for Mount Carmel and is a member of the Ace program.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bobby Seymour the Daily Southtown 2017 Baseball Player of the Year
Brian Hurry has witnessed some remarkable feats during his 17-year career as baseball coach at Mount Carmel. He was at a loss for words, however, explaining the season Caravan first baseman Bobby Seymour had in 2017.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.
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.

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.