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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Caravan: Hard work pays off on placement test day
The Mount Carmel Marketing and Enrollment Office works year-round preparing for the annual placement test for 8th graders. Under the direction of Mrs. Tessa Burke, the enrollment team sponsored eight neighborhood open houses, visited over 125 grammar schools, and welcomed over 300 shadows since the start of the school year. In addition, the school also hosted three open houses that brought in more than 300 prospective students.  The Enrollment Office’s hard work was rewarded when 216 students arrived early on Saturday morning for, January 10, for this year’s test.

The Caravan: Caravan Gala to support scholarships

Fundraisers are among a school’s biggest sources of income during each school year. On February 28, the 34th annual Caravan Gala will take place. The Gala is MC’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with an average attendance of 350-400 people. Mount Carmel looks to raise about $210,000 this year, after bringing in about $190,000 at last year’s event. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monday's score recap: Boys Prep basketball
Mount Carmel 69 Joliet West 66

Syracuse football recruiting: Get to know OL commit Andrejas Duerig
Duerig, who played both offense and defense as a junior, packs a wallop. He does well to keep his feet and arms tight to deliver a powerful block, often knocking defenders to the ground. Duerig also looks very comfortable pulling from the guard position. 

Mount Carmel free throws beat Joliet West
West (8-9) got off to a good start, leading Mount Carmel (6-16) late in the first quarter, 18-9. Then the roof caved in. In the final nine minutes of the first half, the Tigers made 1 of 13 shots, 2 of 6 free throws, committed eight turnovers and were outscored, 23-4, to trail 32-22 at halftime. The Caravan extended its lead to 41-26 early in the third quarter before West began chipping away. With sophomore Trevian Bell leading the charge, the Tigers drew back within 45-37 before settling for a 50-37 deficit after three quarters.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Hockey: Mount Carmel Doubles up Marist 4-2
The Caravan have turned things around in the past four games, going 2-1-1 in league play. The most recent victory came Thursday night against Marist at Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park. The Caravan trailed 2-1 before exploding for three third-period goals and earning a 4-2 win over the RedHawks. Joe Peterson, Luke Hayes and Cullen Walsh found the back of the net in the final period to lift Mount Carmel (3-12-1).

Jordan Lynch takes his talents to Canada
Former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch has signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, according to the team’s news release.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Beverly Review: Caravan loses at the buzzer in another tough defeat
The last five seconds of the Mt. Carmel basketball game against Marshall was a microcosm of the Caravan’s struggles in close games this season. Mt. Carmel had possession of the ball with 5.8 seconds remaining, but turned it over on an errant inbounds pass.  Then, the Commandos won at the buzzer in a 44-42 decision in the fifth annual Bob Hambric Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at T.F. North High School on Jan. 11. 

Friday, January 09, 2015
Jordan Lynch will sign with CFL's Edmonton Eskimos
Jordan Lynch never really considered the Canadian Football League a destination.Since the NFL was always his preferred football landing spot, the former Northern Illinois star quarterback who signed with the Bears as a free agent running back last spring, playing anywhere else was never really on Lynch’s radar. That changed in November. Now, just more than a year after his college career ended as a Heisman Trophy finalist and as the owner of nearly every NIU offensive school record, Lynch told Chicago Football on Thursday that he will sign with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos in the next few days.

Monday, January 05, 2015
2014 Prep sports year in review
Rundown of prep sports memorable moments in 2014 including Mount Carmel's state championships in bowling and wrestling, and hard fought seasons in football and basketball. 

2014 Sportsfile year in review
More memorable moments from prep sports in 2014 including Mount Carmel senior Dan O'Keefe leading the Caravan to the state meet in cross country, Marko Boricich graduating as one of the most decorated athletes in school history, and Coach Craig Ferguson returning as Caravan hockey coach. 

Wrestling: Cheesehead tournament
Tanner Ambry, wrestling at 120 pounds, was 3-2, winning 3-0 over Yahya Thomas of Mount Carmel in the consolation quarterfinals. He will wrestle today in a consolation semifinal match against Tyler Demo of Boylan Catholic. James Watters, at 160, finished Friday with a 2-3 mark. Watters pinned Leo Ortiz of Mount Carmel in 1:47 in the consolation quarterfinals and will wrestle Zach Haeun of Kaukauna in the semifinal round.

Friday, January 02, 2015
Charities that inspire kids: St. Baldrick's
"My name is Michael Melchiorre, and I am currently a senior at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. For the past four years, I have been heavily involved in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money to fund children’s cancer research. Since my first year participating with the foundation, I have raised over $600,000 to help conquer childhood cancers." Read more of Michael's story in the New York Times by clicking on the link above.

Monday, December 29, 2014
High school wrestling: Crystal Lake South's Barone, Central's Marsden win Dvorak titles
Marsden entered the third period of his championship match against Mt. Carmel’s Dru Worker up 1-0 after getting an escape in the second period. Marsden rode out Worker in the third and picked up back points to win 3-0.

Pekin Holiday Tournament
Chicago Mount Carmel (3-8) vs. Rockford Boylan (6-4), 2:15 p.m.: Mount Carmel has faced a loaded slate that included losses to St. Rita and Hales Franciscan. Jake Rhode scored 19 in a recent loss to Marian. Boylan’s Tony Diemer scored 15 in a NIC-10 loss to Rockton Hononegah. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Craig Ferguson faces herculean task at Mount Carmel
When I talked to Craig Ferguson about his retirement in 2013 as hockey coach at St. Rita, he was adamant it was the real deal. Skeptics, however, stood firm in their belief that Ferguson’s retirement was never meant as a permanent vacation, only a hiatus until the next great opportunity presented itself.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mount Carmel, Leo alumni kick off 50th anniversary
The Mt. Carmel and Leo high school classes of 1965 met Nov. 28 at McNally’s to kick-off the celebration of the classes’ 50th anniversaries. They watched a video of the 1965 Carmel-Leo football game, which was played at Eckersall Stadium. The Nov. 1 game was a home game for Carmel, but was sponsored by the 14th Ward Regular Democratic Organization so Carmel gamely took the visitor’s bench. Carmel posted a 12-0 victory on its way to being the Catholic League’s runner-up. Carmel quarterback, Bob Kieta, who later played at the University of Michigan, scored both touchdowns.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Boys Basketball: Hales beats Mount Carmel at own game
The No. 9 Spartans showed something else during Friday's 49-39 Catholic League victory against visiting Mount Carmel — the ability to win at their opponent's game.The change of identity was needed because the Caravan's 2-1-2 zone put the brakes on the game's tempo."(Caravan coach Mike Flaherty) accomplished what he wanted to — (the zone) got the pace of the game where he wanted it," London said. "It's a good experience for our guys because sometimes you're going to have to gut games out like that."

Football: 2014 Chicago Tribune All-State special mention
Offensive Lineman: Jack White, Mount Carmel; Defensive Lineman: Kevin Thurman, Mount Carmel

Tuesday, December 09, 2014
The Caravan: Mom Prom to kick off holiday season
One event that Mount Carmel mothers anticipate every year occurs on the first weekend in December. This Saturday, December 6, the annual ”Mom Prom” will take place in the Student Commons, as MC students bring their mothers to school for an evening of holiday dancing.

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