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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

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.
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.

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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mount Carmel High School raises over $143K for St. Baldrick's
Another ceremony last week at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago celebrated the donation of more than $143,000 to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, making Mount Carmel the highest-donating high school for the event in Chicago. "Mount Carmel has participated in the St. Baldrick's fundraiser for the past 10 years to help raise money for children's cancer research," said director of student activities Sean Sweany, who was one of 42 volunteers to have his head shaved. "Our participation is especially meaningful as several members of the MC family have battled cancer over the last several years. There has always been a great outpouring of support from the Mount Carmel community and we are grateful for everyone's hard work."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bags For Burke Will Raise Money For Saint Xavier, Mount Carmel And More
Proceeds from the fundraiser will establish a senior-year scholarship at Saint Xavier. Some money will also be given to the hockey team at Mount Carmel, where Brendan Burke played as an underclassman. A scholarship for an eighth-grade student at Queen of Martyrs headed into high school will also be created along with a fund to help an aspiring youth hockey player pay for equipment and ice time with the St. Jude Knights, for whom Brendan Burke played as as a youth. The Burke family said they initially envisioned a large bean bag tournament when launching the fundraiser. They saw this as an alternative to golf outings and softball tournaments common on the South Side.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From March 3rd to March 5th, Las Vegas hosted the largest rugby tournament in North America. The 2016 Chicago Catholic Rugby Conference Champions, Mount Carmel Caravan made the trip to start of their season. This experience allowed the Mount Carmel Rugby team to compete with different teams they don’t normally play during their regular season. The Caravan competed in 15s Boys Division and went up against two different teams. First was the Seahawks from Vancouver who they soundly defeated 59 - 0.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Junior Eric Correa and the 12 members of the Mount Carmel swimming team took to sectionals on Saturday, February 18, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the second consecutive year, Correa won sectionals, advancing to the Illinois State Finals. Then, on February 25 at New Trier High School, Correa finished as state runner-up. After that accomplishment, he focused on one remaining goal: “Next year, I hope to win the whole thing.”

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Valparaiso University sophomore catcher Scott Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel) was named to the official 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch list on Thursday. Kapers is one of only two Horizon League players on the list, joining Milwaukee junior Daulton Varsho. The award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher. The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, who will be announced on May 17. Three finalists will be announced on June 5 and the winner will be unveiled on June 29. Kapers has cut down four of the six runners who have attempted to steal against him this season. He got his year off to a favorable offensive start when he launched a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the year on Feb. 17 at Western Kentucky.

Monday, March 06, 2017

An early and brisk Sunday morning at North Avenue Beach in the Lincoln Park neighborhood welcomed hundreds of participants for the annual Polar Plunge. The Plunge is meant to show solidarity and offer support to the Special Olympics Organization. Participants are asked to fundraise a minimum of $200 for the Special Olympics, and Mount Carmel High School raised almost $6,500 and had over 50 members of the students and staff taking the plunge. This contributes to the over $1.5 million raised by hundreds of other plungers.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Ready, set, plunge. A beach full of people will again dive into Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics this Sunday. Among them will be hundreds of high school athletes, recruited by a South Side alderman. But one student is doing it for a very personal reason, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports. Fifteen-year-old Hugh Devane makes a splash almost every day on Mount Carmel High School’s water polo and swim teams. This weekend, he’s about to take an entirely different plunge. Of the polar kind. Devane and dozens of his fellow athletes will be jumping in to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

In the next couple of years, the Woodlawn neighborhood and Mount Carmel High School stand to benefit from two significant developments. Last July, the Obama Foundation announced the choice of Jackson Park as the site of the Obama Presidential Center. The $500 million project will be constructed along Stony Island Avenue, from 60th Street to 63rd Street. This would place the southern end of the library just two blocks from the school. This proximity to the library offers Mount Carmel an opportunity to develop partnerships with the library that will enrich the educational experience for its students.

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.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th) has asked fellow Chicago aldermen and high school athletes attending several schools servicing the 19th Ward to jump in the lake. O'Shea will be participate Sunday in the Polar Plunge. The 17th annual event at North Avenue Beach raises money for Special Olympics Chicago. It's the largest fundraiser of the year for the charity that boasts 6,800 athletes. Last year, O'Shea challenged his fellow members of City Council to join him. Calling themselves the Alderbears, nine aldermen joined O'Shea in jumping into Lake Michigan. The team raised $5,489.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Eric Correa is getting closer to the top. The Mount Carmel junior took four more steps up the ladder toward winning his first diving state championship Saturday when he finished second in the state finals at New Trier. It was the second state medal in as many years for Correa, who placed sixth last year. His two-day total of 499.60 was surpassed only by Niles North senior Maxim Royzen, who tallied 527.50. "He did amazing," Mount Carmel coach Christina Grunauer said. "He's going to take it all next year."

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mount Carmel diver Eric Correa went into the state meet with high expectations. His performance Friday put him in position to meet them. "I came into this wanting to take the whole thing," Correa said. "I think I can win a state title. I'm really happy with where I'm at going into (Saturday). Correa, a junior, is in fourth place after Friday's preliminaries and semifinal dives at New Trier. He totaled 347.9 points over eight dives. Leader Maxim Royzen of Niles North is at 373.3 points, with three dives to come Saturday.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Growing up, Mount Carmel senior David Riojas was a kids wrestling teammate of Lyons' Johnny Mologousis with the Romeoville Spartans. Riojas wanted nothing more Saturday than to spoil his friend's undefeated season. "The whole tournament, I wanted it to be me and him (in the finals)," Riojas said. "As soon as I saw the bracket boards I was like, 'I've got to make it and I've got to beat him.'" Riojas got his wish and delivered, upsetting Mologousis 9-4 in the Class 3A 170-pound state championship match at the State Farm Center.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When Rico Hill came to Illinois State's campus right after his high school graduation, he shared an apartment in the summer with Steve Hansell, Jamar Smiley and Dan Muller. Hill immediately knew he had found a home. "I just remember how they embraced me and treated me like a little brother," he said. "I felt comfortable. My transition was easy." That family-type feeling never left those Redbird teams. It's still there today, too. The ISU squads of 1996-97 and 1997-98 that won back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships have gathered this weekend for their first reunion since those glory days. They will be honored during the under-12 minute media timeout in the first half of Saturday's 9 p.m. game pitting ISU against Interstate 74 rival Bradley at Redbird Arena.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Woodlawn eyes a real revival: South Side area pins latest hopes on Obama library
More than 400 people showed up in the church's banquet hall recently to talk about the prospect of a neighborhood renaissance — a painfully elusive goal for the long-idle South Side enclave but one that its backers say is within reach now that the Obama Presidential Center will be built next door in historic Jackson Park.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Montini ready for Mount Carmel
The expression "rubber match" has a unique relationship in the field of athletics. But there will truly be a rubber match Tuesday night at Hinsdale Central when Montini and Mount Carmel meet for the third time for a berth to the Elite Eight in the Class 3A wrestling team state finals this weekend in Bloomington. Mount Carmel, ranked fourth in the team rankings, and No. 5 Montini split their two regular-season dual matches.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mount Carmel's Kendall Coleman exceeds expectations at state tournament
When Kendall Coleman started wrestling at age five, he didn’t really like it. In fact, he tried almost everything he could to get out of it. “I used to dread going to practices,” he said. “I used to hide in my closet or fake like I had stomaches just to get out it.” My how times have changed. Now a 138-pound junior on the Mt. Carmel wrestling team, Coleman has not only changed his stance on the sport but has become one of the state’s best. Nearly 12 years removed from trying to get out of wrestling, he got into his first state title match Friday with a 13-6 decision over Wheaton North senior Riley Lomenick in a Class 3A 138-pound semifinal at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign.

Monday, February 13, 2017

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 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.
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