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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.

The Caravan: Four sign commitments to play college ball
During National Signing Day on November 12, four Mount Carmel baseball players locked in their decision to play for division one colleges. Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, president of Mount Carmel, congratulated the parents for their years of commitment to their sons’ baseball careers. Then he congratulated the players.  “First and foremost, Mount Carmel’s athletics are about character, and these young men have expressed that in the way they carry themselves on and off the field.” 

Monday, December 08, 2014
IHSA proposal could result in end of Catholic League football
Generations of Chicago and suburban football players, fans and coaches have grown up with Chicago Catholic League football.From the days when Catholic League teams helped draw more than 100,000 fans to Soldier Field for the Prep Bowl to the scores of Illinois High School Association state football titles brought home by teams such as Mt. Carmel and Providence Catholic, the Catholic League has been a staple of excellence in football.

Friday, December 05, 2014
ISU's Banks rises to challenges
Embracing the challenge is what Banks' football career is all about. Standing tall at 5-foot-7 isn't easy, but Banks has done it while exhibiting his versatility at Chicago Mount Carmel and in four seasons as a Redbird cornerback.

Jordan Lynch strives to 'Keep Working Hard' while waiting for NFL call
 Jordan Lynchcontinues to believe he'll play in the NFL.The former Mount Carmelstar quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist atNorthern Illinois waswaived by the Bears during the preseason after he had tried to make the team as a running back. Lynch told DNAinfo Chicago on Thursday he "just would like a shot to play in the NFL no matter what team it is."

Catholic League football in jeopardy
Generations of Chicago and suburban football players, fans and coaches have grown up with Chicago Catholic League football.From the days when Catholic League teams helped draw more than 100,000 fans to Solider Field for the Prep Bowl to the scores of Illinois High School Association state football titles brought home by teams such as Mt. Carmel and Providence Catholic, the Catholic League has been a staple of excellence in football. But are its days numbered?

Thursday, December 04, 2014
Support for the Ferguson/Sheahan Family
Thank you to all who have reached out to us with offers of assistance for the Ferguson/Sheahan family who lost their home in a fire this week.  We appreciate the outpouring of care and support that has been extended both within and outside the Mount Carmel family, all of which represent our values as a Catholic, Carmelite community of faith. If you would like to donate a gift card to help the family, you can send it with your son to the main office. Or click on the link above for more information on where to donate directly to the family.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Times Union: Illinois High School basketball rankings
Illinois Boys prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points.

JG-TC: Illinois Boys' High School basketball rankings
Boys' prep basketball polls in each class according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points: 

Mount Carmel hosts blood drive, schedules two more
Mount Carmel High School students, including John Grant, of Beverly, and faculty participated in a school-sponsored blood drive on Oct. 29. Fifty-five units of blood were collected during the drive organized by Julie Chappetto, art teacher. Regular donors can support the school by registering their name under Mount Carmel High School at a Life Source blood bank, and the school will get credit toward a scholarship fund of their choice. Mount Carmel will host two more blood drives, Jan. 13, 2015 and again in March.

Monday, December 01, 2014
Quinn, Schaller in end zone for good after 58 great years
Quinn and Schaller were the perfect combination in coaching young athletes to success in elementary school football programs at Visitation, Nativity of Our Lord and St. Rita as well as freshman teams at St. Rita High School. Quinn and Schaller made many friends during their coaching journey and earned the respect of many coaches they battled against on Saturday mornings. One of them, Mt. Carmel Coach Phil Segroves, joined Caravan officials in late September to present Quinn and Schaller with honorary plaques during a pregame ceremony between the rival schools.

Need still great at food pantry
On Nov. 21, hundreds lined up along the sidewalk in front of Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., where the pantry is located, to receive food that will go a long way in making their Thanksgiving meal possible.According to Matt Taylor, president of the food pantry, despite the generous support of the community, demand exceeds supply, and this year the need is even higher.Taylor said the pantry was preparing to receive donations from recent food drives at Mt. Carmel High School and St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church.“The community support has been phenomenal, both financial and with food drives from different schools, churches and businesses,” Taylor said. “If it wasn’t for the community, we wouldn’t be around.”

Providence ends Mount Carmel's postseason run
During its six-game winning streak, Mt. Carmel minimized the penalties and turnovers that helped contribute to an uncharacteristic 2-4 start. Unfortunately for the Caravan, the turnover bug returned against Providence in the Class 7A semifinals at Gately Stadium on Nov. 22. The Celtics scored 14 points off two costly first-half turnovers en route to a 42-21 victory in a rematch of a week-three contest that Providence won 33-14.

Simeon Rice tries to tackle Hollywood like he sacked quarterbacks
 Simeon Riceis bringing the same passion to filmmaking that made him an All-Pro defensive end. The Roseland native and former Mount Carmel,Illinois and NFL star is the director and writer behind the independent feature film "Unsullied," starring Murray Gray, an African-American actress in her first lead role. He hasn't had much time to visit the U. of I. or Mount Carmel lately, but said of his two alma maters: "My heart is always there."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Caravan: Food Drive serves to make a Happy Thanksgiving
Mount Carmel’s Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive is a tradition that has lasted for at least thirty years, and the student body has reached its goal each time.  This year, the Caravan’s goal is collect at least 125 cans per Studium, which is about 5 cans from each student. The school has 24 Studium, so if you do the math that’s a lot of cans!

Monday, November 24, 2014
Mount Carmel hosts Honors Program Preview
Academically talented students interested in Mt. Carmel High School’s distinguished Honors/Advanced Placement Program and Curt Ehrenstrom Scholars Fraternity are invited to attend the Honors Program Preview on at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the Chicago campus, 6410 S. Dante Ave. Speakers include Dean of the Honors Program and Curt Ehrenstrom Scholars Fraternity moderator Jeffrey Enright, Principal John Stimler, President Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm, Mt. Carmel alumni and faculty.

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