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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

MOUNT CARMEL RUGBY TEAM MAKES A TRIP TO LAS VEGAS
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

CORREA FINISHES 2ND IN STATE DIVING
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

KAPERS NAMED TO 2017 JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
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

MOUNT CARMEL STUDENTS AND STAFF TAKE THE PLUNGE FOR A CAUSE
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

YOUNG CHICAGO ATHLETES TAKE THE PLUNGE TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS
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

PROSPECTS FOR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND WORLD CLASS GOLF RAISE WOODLAWN'S STOCK
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

STATE SWIM MEET BIG SUCCESS FOR CARMEL
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

POLAR PLUNGE BRINGS TOGETHER ALDERMAN, HIGH SCHOOLERS FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
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

MOUNT CARMEL'S ERIC CORREA DELIVERS RUNNER-UP FINISH IN DIVING
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'S ERIC CORREA KEEPS EYE ON STATE TITLE IN DIVING
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

MOUNT CARMEL'S DAVID RIOJAS BEATS OLD TEAMMATE TO WIN STATE TITLE
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

REDBIRDS TO SALUTE MVC CHAMPS OF 1997-98
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 illinoismatmen.com 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

WOMEN WHO COACH BOYS TEAMS STRIVE TO BECOME A 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 2018 WINS MAKES MOUNT CARMEL HISTORY WINNING THE DIVING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
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

MOUNT CARMEL SOPHOMORES PARTICIPATE IN IMPACT SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM
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

STRAIGHT A STUDENTS REWARDED WITH CELEBRATORY  BREAKFAST & DISCUSSION
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

SOPHOMORE IMPACT WEEK
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 IN ALL-STATE MUSICAL THEATRE
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 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.
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