Saturday, March 08, 2014
St. Rita stifles Mount Carmel to end 11-year regional title drought
For the first three quarters Friday at Oak Lawn, St. Rita and Mount Carmel played to a defensive stalemate much like the longtime Catholic League rivals have produced on the football field. But the fourth quarter belonged to the Mustangs, as the Caravan's shooting woes deepened en route to St. Rita's 55-35 victory and the program's first regional title since 2003. A major factor in the Caravan's trouble finding the basket was the Mustangs' length on the perimeter. Coach Gary DeCesare employed a 1-3-1 zone, which cut off Mount Carmel's driving lanes. The Caravan's usually high-scoring guard tandem of Christian Searles and David Nichols produced 13 points on 3-for-31 shooting.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Boys hoops | Time for 3A, 4A regional final breakdown
No. 16 Mount Carmel (21-8) vs. St. Rita (19-7) at Oak Lawn: The winner will be the beneficiary of Curie's regional semifinal loss to DuSable. This game is sectional quality. The heated football rivals both have outstanding backcourts. St. Rita's Dominique Matthews and Mount Carmel's David Nichols were the Catholic South and Catholic North players of the year, respectively. Matthews' brother Charles orally committed to Kentucky, while Mount Carmel is 12-2 since Christian Searles, who beat St. Rita twice in football in the fall, returned from injury.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Mount Carmel over comes slow start to down St. Ignatius
OAK LAWN | Mount Carmel almost got caught looking ahead to archrival St. Rita on Tuesday night in their regional game against St. Ignatius. The Caravan spotted the Wolfpack an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter before using an 11-2 run to take control of the game on the way to a 51-43 victory.
Monday, March 03, 2014
O'Keefe Named to All-State Academic Team
Congratulations to senior Dan O'Keefe (St. Mary of Gostyn, Downers Grove), who has been named to the 21st IHSA All-State Academic Team! Nearly 490 nominations were received from IHSA member schools and Dan was one of 26 students selected by the committee of high school administrators who had the difficult responsibility of evaluating all of the worthy candidates for this prestigious award.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
No. 3 Mount Carmel drops regular-season finale to St. Viator
CHICAGO | Times No. 3 Mount Carmel would have had a hard time reading an eye chart on the wall at the optometrist's office. The Caravan did not have their focus Friday night as a lackadaisical third quarter led to a 70-67 home loss to St. Viator. "We weren't looking past them, but we definitely were looking to our next game," senior David Nichols said. "We were more focused on Tuesday (the Class 4A Oak Lawn Regional) than we were on this game. We admit it. We shouldn't have, but we were."
Second-half chemistry leads St. Viator past Mount Carmel
Although he doesn't have his own children yet, St. Viator boys basketball coach Mike Howland knows the value of sharing your toys. His Lions were completely unselfish on Friday night in Chicago. They rallied in the second half to stun host Mt. Carmel 70-67 in the nonconference game.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Boys hoops spotlight's on Mount Carmel's Christian Searles, David Nichols
hristian Searles became a scorer because David Nichols missed last season with a knee injury. While Searles recovered from the ankle injury incurred while helping Mount Carmel win another football state championship last fall, Nichols grew accustomed to handling the ball. Their ability to play together turned the Caravan into one of the more surprising success stories of the winter. Mount Carmel (20-7) is 11-1 games since Searles and Nichols joined forces as varsity players for the first time, the lone loss coming to De La Salle in overtime of the Catholic League tournament championship game Saturday night.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
David Nichols Catholic League South Player of the Year
Dominique Matthews earned the Catholic League South Player of the Year honors, while Mount Carmel's David Nichols was the North's recipient. Check here for a full list of this season's award winners as well as the all-conference team.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Marmion too much for Mount Carmel
Marmion beat Mount Carmel 44-18 as Mount Carmel won just four matches, including two by forfeit. "We needed some things to go our way, including winning the coin flip," Caravan coach John Kading said. "We won the coin flip, but they (Marmion) came out and took it to us. They are a very good team and they wrestled real well tonight."
Illinois High School Boys Basketball Top 10 Poll
Class 4A: Here are the boys prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points.
School W-L Pts Prv
1. Curie(12) 24-1 120 1
2. Whitney Young 21-6 102 2
3. Stevenson 23-2 101 3
4. Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) 23-2 85 4
5. Simeon 25-1 61 5
6. Fremd 24-0 55 6
7. Edwardsville 23-2 41 8
8. Zion Benton 23-3 33 9
9. Chicago Mt. Carmel 20-7 12 NR
10. Loyola 19-5 11 10
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Boys hoops | De La Salle outlasts Mount Carmel in OT to take Catholic League title
In the final 41 seconds the Meteors continued their improbable late-season run with a 67-62 victory at Chicago State. The Meteors (13-10), who entered this week's tournament with a 10-10 record, trailed by as many as nine in the fourth, only to stage a dramatic comeback sparked by Harris' 3-pointer with 35 seconds left that gave De La Salle its first lead, 46-45. Lewis' two free throws with 15 seconds left gave the Meteors a 48-47 lead before Mount Carmel's Montana Byrd hit a 3 in traffic with seven seconds left to give the Caravan a 50-48 lead and set up Zabilevicius last-second shot. The Meteors scored 17 points in overtime, including 13 from the free-throw line.
Boys Basketball: De La Salle stuns Mount Carmel in Catholic League title game
The Meteors completed their improbable run by stunning No. 11 Mount Carmel 67-62 in winning the inaugural Catholic League tournament championship Saturday night at Chicago State. “It seemed like we had the game won four or five times,” Mount Carmel coach Mike Flaherty said. “We missed some free throws and we left the weakside open on the tip at the buzzer. It seemed like in the overtime we didn’t do a very good job of moving our feet and we had difficulty guarding them off the dribble.”
Monday, February 24, 2014
Boys Basketball: Mount Carmel’s David Nichols healed — and then some
A year ago, David Nichols was rehabilitating a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee and a broken bone in his leg. His season abruptly had been ended by a fluke injury. Before that, Nichols never had suffered a major injury in his life. Naturally, he was a little scared, knowing that, despite his youth, there were no guarantees he’d return to the form that made him one of the area’s most promising guards. However, all of those concerns have been put to rest.
Boys Basketball: Mount Carmel rallies past St. Joseph
Mount Carmel has a habit of saving its best for last. The Caravan did it again Wednesday night, rallying from a 12-point deficit to knock off host St. Joseph 50-48 in a thrilling Catholic League semifinal in Westchester. Mount Carmel (20-6) will take a 10-game winning streak into Saturday’s 7 p.m. title game against De La Salle (12-10) at Chicago State.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Caravan: Caravan wrestlers glad to learn from Kading
Adding another great name to Mount Carmel’s long tradition of coaching excellence, John Kading joined the Caravan in 2010 a Head Coach of the varsity team. Kading came to Mount Carmel with a lot of wrestling experience, which gave him immediate credibility with his team. Kading previously coached at the Overtime School of Wrestling for eight years. He also coached at the college level as an assistant at the University of Nebraska and at Northwestern University, and at Northern Illinois for one year. With that type of resume, he clearly could have his pick of opportunities to coach, but chose Mount Carmel “because he like(d) the environment and what it had to offer him.” In addition to coaching, Kading has the opportunity to us his degree in Special Education as Director of the McDermott-Doyle Program.”
Caravan: Summer opportunities abound for high schoolers
Chicago is one of the best areas to find a summer internship. On internmatch.com/s/summer-internships/chicago-il, one can find a plethora of opportunities that match their interests. Another website, internships.com/chicago-il also gives great guidance. There is no excuse to not seek an internship. Many companies these days are actually looking for this type of summer help. They desire fresh faces and cheap labor. Internships also gives them the chance to evaluate potential employees.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Teen wrestler values athletics and academics at Mount Carmel
Jacob Tucker’s tenacity and maturity have earned him a No. 5 ranking in the state of Illinois as a prep wrestler. The Lowell resident travels to Chicago by shuttle bus each weekday to attend Mount Carmel High School, often putting in 15-hour days. “The first time I visited the school I knew that it was the place for me. The alumni look out for one another and once you graduate from Mt. Carmel, you are in a unique fraternity,” Tucker, 16, said of the all-male Catholic prep school known for its strong athletic and academic programs. Tucker believes the school’s combination of athletics and academics will benefit him in the future.