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Monday, June 02, 2014
Mount Carmel's Thomas delivers the 'Ako' punch
CHICAGO | Ako Thomas might as well been wearing a boxing glove instead of a batting glove. The junior second baseman lived up to his name, which is pronounced "Kayo" as he wasted no time in knocking down Oak Lawn with his bat instead of his fists. The Michigan recruit was 4-for-4 with three doubles and four RBIs as the Caravan cruised to a 13-0, five-inning win over Oak Lawn to win the Class 4A Mount Carmel Regional title Saturday morning at Haggerty Field. Thomas hit the first pitch in the bottom of the first for a double, which opened the door for a six-run first inning. "I am a first-pitch hitter," Thomas said. "I like to jump on the first pitch and drive it. As the leadoff guy, I have to get something going, get on base and start us up."  Mount Carmel (30-7) sent 11 men to the plate in the first and also batted around in a four-run fourth. Thomas doubled in the first and also in the third. He had an RBI single in the fourth and also scored twice.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Boys Volleyball: Mount Carmel falls to Oak Park-River Forest
Oak Park (16-21) never trailed in the Set 3, with blocks by Sorensen and Andrew Wierdak giving the Huskies an early boost. The Huskies took a 7-2 lead and never looked back. “When the energy is high on the court it really gets us going,” said Sorensen, who had five kills and six blocks. “Once we got rolling there was no stopping us.” Oak Park needed that energy after the jolt Mount Carmel’s Adam Williams gave his team in Set 2. Putting down nine of his match-high 21 kills, the outside hitter was a force in the front row.  “We didn’t do a great job in the second game; we weren’t very smart with the things we did,” Oak Park coach Don August said. “We start with a missed serve and then a couple of points later had another one, and it put him in the front row. He’s dangerous in the front row. He was incredible. We wanted to put him in the back row as much as possible.”  
Mount Carmel coach Abigail Hasebroock has come to expect that kind of performance from Williams, the team MVP who will play at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati next year.   “He’s incredible,” Hasebroock said. “We’re sad to see him graduate, but he’s leaving a pretty incredible legacy for our really core of young players to aspire to. He’s an incredible athlete and wears his heart on his sleeve.”

Thursday, May 29, 2014
WEDNESDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: Mount Carmel wins regional title
Host Mount Carmel claimed its third consecutive boys volleyball regional title as it beat Reavis 25-22, 28-26 on Wednesday. Adam Williams had six kills for the Caravan (11-16), while Kevin Breakey had 10 digs and six kills. Mike Redmond added nine digs. Mount Carmel will play Oak Park-River Forest on Friday in one semifinal of the Berwyn-Cicero Morton Sectional.

Monday, May 26, 2014
Mount Carmel dashes St. Rita’s dream of outright Catholic Blue title
St. Rita coach Mike Zunica was left just to shake his head and smile. With Brother Rice defeating St. Laurence in a faster-paced game Saturday, Zunica’s Mustangs knew the Catholic League Blue title was there for the taking. Mount Carmel wasn’t too interested in helping out though. The visiting Caravan slugged its way to a 12-4 win to prevent St. Rita from winning the Blue title outright. St. Rita and St. Laurence are the Catholic League Blue co-champs.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Two big innings send Mount Carmel to conference loss
CHICAGO | There's a reason why St. Rita is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest and No. 14 nationally, according to MaxPreps. With a little bit of hard luck and some aggressive hitting from the visiting Mustangs, Times No. 1 Mount Carmel ran into a buzz saw Wednesday evening in its 12-5 Chicago Catholic Blue loss.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Services set for Mount Carmel’s Coach E
Arrangements are set for Curt Ehrenstrom, of Oak Lawn, the Mount Carmel High School physics teacher and football coach who died Monday after a year-long bout with pancreatic cancer.  Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Carmel Convocation Center, 6410 S. Dante Ave., Chicago. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in the convocation center

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Jordan Lynch '09 lands with Bears as free agent
Jordan Lynch thought his dream of playing for the team for which he grew up rooting was dashed when the Bears drafted San Jose State quarterback David Fales in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday. Then, in the middle of the seventh round, his phone rang. It was Bears coach Marc Trestman. "He said, 'Look man, I want you here,'" agent Cliff Brady said. "Trestman told him, 'I have 10 different things I can do with you, come with us. Come here and we'll make it work."

Monday, April 28, 2014
Curt Ehrenstrom '79 Mount Carmel Golden Apple winner in a fight vs. cancer
A year after reaching the pinnacle of his career, Curt Ehrenstrom is fighting for his life.  In 2013 the Oak Lawn man won the prestigious Golden Apple Award, which goes to the finest of 135,000 teachers statewide. It was a joyous celebration at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side.  The odds of winning a Golden Apple are long, but not as long as the odds Ehrenstrom’s facing now.  Last summer, the 52-year-old Ehrenstrom underwent a battery of tests to determine why he’d been rapidly losing weight, energy and stamina. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Mount Carmel Honor Roll
Mount Carmel High School is pleased to announce that more than 300 students were named to the 2013-14 Trimester Two Honor Roll. Mount Carmel High School faculty, staff and administrators congratulate the all the students who exemplified dedication, hard work and character to earn a place on the Trimester 2 Honor Roll. Click on the link above for a complete list.

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, February 15, 2014
Illinois DT recruit Enoch Smith Jr. gives testimony to faith, family and football at Michigan State
EAST LANSING — Enoch Smith Jr. boils it down to one thing: home is where the heart is, and he said that's why he chose Michigan State over several other championship-level schools. "I don't have any other explanation,'' said Smith Jr., a 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive tackle from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. "Every time I went there, Michigan State felt like home." Faith, family and football is what Spartans coach Mark Dantonio preaches, and players seem to welcome that message.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wrestling: Mount Carmel, Brother Rice outshine Metea Valley
A pair of returning state champs were the undoubted headliners Wednesday night at Brother Rice, and they continued to live up to their billing. Mount Carmel senior Bryce Brill, a two-time state champion headed to Northwestern, topped Metea Valley’s Kenan Carter by technical fall at 152 pounds. Carter recently conquered the 20-team Conant Invitational but couldn’t keep up with Brill’s blend of speed and power.“It’s my senior year, so there really isn’t much to worry about,” Brill said. “I’m just going to go out there and score as many points as possible and try to put on a show.” “I’m fat and happy at 113,” Yates said. “(The) 106 (weight class) was a little too tough of a cut.” Mount Carmel downed Metea Valley 43-26 and 58-6, respectively, before meeting in the finale. That turned into a back-and-forth dual that featured seven lead changes before Mount Carmel emerged a 39-26 winner.

Sunday, December 01, 2013
Mount Carmel Wins 7A State Championship
Defense was expected be the theme of Saturday's Class 7A championship game between Mount Carmel and Lake Zurich. Matt Domer and Mount Carmel's offense crashed the party. Domer, an Illinois recruit, rushed for a game-high 176 yards and two touchdowns to help Mount Carmel to a 30-0 victory at Huskie Stadium. The Caravan, who won Class 8A last season, have 12 titles overall, including 11 under coach Frank Lenti. The program has won state titles in Class 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A.  "Every championship is special and we're proud to win consecutive state titles," Lenti said. "We had good senior leadership and we worked really hard all season."

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Mount Carmel Defense Comes Up In State Semifinal Victory
When an offense piles up yardage and touchdowns the way Mount Carmel does, the defense can be overlooked. That's a mistake. Edwardsville knew how tough the Caravan defense was going into Saturday's 7A semifinal game – the five shutouts this season stand out on the Mount Carmel record – and still it didn't help. A trio of Edwardsville turnovers, two of them triggered by Caravan defensive back Deontae Brown, was as big a factor in Mount Carmel's 34-7 victory as anything the offense created. For the second straight week, the Caravan defense held their opponents to numbers that resemble a typographical error. Edwardsville, which entered the game undefeated and left it a stunned 12-1, was held to 3 yards rushing and 142 passing. Mount Carmel (12-1) has allowed only 14 rushing yards on 38 carries in the last two weeks.

Jordan Lynch '09 stock rises as as Heisman race widens
Archie Griffin can rest secure for one more year: Ohio State's Hall of Fame running back will remain the only two-time winner in the history of the Heisman Trophy. LSU's defense ensured that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would not pull off the repeat. The Manziel who tears apart the SEC â?? yes, even Alabama â?? is not the same Manziel against coordinator John Chavis and the Tigers' steady defense; the latter is average, if not worse, while the former is one of the best quarterbacks in recent college football history. Between Manziel's third loss and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota's second, the race for the 2013 Heisman has lost two of the year's co-leaders. And quarterback Bryce Petty of Baylor, who had found a place among the top five contenders while leading the nation in yards per attempt, fell off in a big way Saturday, too.  At Northern Illinois, Jordan Lynch continues to rewrite the school, conference and FBS record book in helping lead the Huskies to the doorstep of a second consecutive BCS berth. Standing in NIU's path is Fresno State and quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for seven touchdowns Saturday in the Bulldogs' win against New Mexico.

Monday, October 14, 2013
Ice rink, gymnastics center planned for 115th and Western
At a press conference on Oct. 12, city of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District (CPD) Superintendent Mike Kelly and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea announced that property on the southeast corner of 115th Street and Western Avenue will be redeveloped to offer local residents a venue for gymnastics—and ice skating—in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood.  The press conference drew members of the Calumet Park gymnastics team and hockey teams from Mount Carmel, Marist, Br. Rice and St. Rita high schools.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
McNabb, Walker Inducted to Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame
The annual Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner took place on Wednesday, September 18 at Hawthorne Race Course.  In addition to the induction of NFL legend McNabb and NBA success Walker, others recognized include the 1963 NCAA Champion Loyola Ramblers, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, Rick Pitino, who recently led the University of Louisville Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA Championship, and Eddie Olyczyk. Congratulations, Donovan and Antoine!

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Super 25 Countdown: No. 1 Mount Carmel
When Frank Lenti talks about the perils of overconfidence, it’s not just more coach-speak. It’s a history lesson. Mount Carmel won the Class 8A title last fall, the school’s 11th IHSA championship overall and 10th on Lenti’s watch. The last time the Caravan was coming off a state-title run was 2003, and it didn’t go well. The Caravan slipped from 13-1 and 6A champs in 2002 to 6-6 the following season, including a 33-0 loss to Glenbard South in the first round of the IHSA playoffs. With the talent on the 2013 roster — four Caravan seniors have committed to major colleges — a repeat of that meltdown seems unlikely. But Lenti and his veterans aren’t taking any chances with a team that opens at No. 1 in the Sun-Times Super 25.

Monday, June 24, 2013
Jason Gasser is the Times Player of the Year
Jason Gasser doesn't wonder just how good he would have been if he had concentrated on baseball. He split his time between football and baseball and Gasser, who committed to Northern Illinois to play baseball, has no qualms in an era of specialization. He specializes in winning. Gasser was a three-year starter for the Mount Carmel football and baseball teams. He also is believed to be the first football and baseball starter to win a state championship in each sport in the same school year.

Friday, June 07, 2013
Mount Carmel Determined To Meet High Standards
If top-ranked Mount Carmel can live up to its much vaunted potential Friday and Saturday in Joliet, then the Caravan should have high hopes of bringing home their first state championship in program history.

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