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Monday, April 14, 2014
Carpenter, Mount Carmel down Crown Point
CROWN POINT | With weather conditions being how they were on Saturday afternoon, one mistake would decide the game.  Battling a fierce 25 mile-per-hour wind, Times Illinois No. 1 Mount Carmel came out on top of Indiana No. 9 Crown Point 7-6 thanks in part to one swing of the bat from junior first baseman Malik Carpenter. After plating a run and down 6-5 in the top of the seventh, Carpenter smashed an Austin Thomas offering that got up into the jet stream and sailed over the scoreboard in left field for the go-ahead runs for the Caravan (8-2).

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Baseball: Mount Carmel edges Marian Catholic 3-2
With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth, Josh Stowers reached on a perfect bunt single and moments later, after a double by A.J. Lewis, scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Wheeler to lift host Mount Carmel to a 3-2 win.

Friday, April 11, 2014
Lemont posts impressive win over Mt. Carmel
CRESTWOOD - If there was any doubt left, Lemont's baseball team proved on Wednesday that it belongs in the conversation of the top high school squads in Illinois after the Indians dismantled Mt. Carmel 11-2. The Indians stayed undefeated on the young season while the Caravan, who began the season as the top-ranked team, lost for the second time.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Baseball: Three things learned
Richards can hit. The Bulldogs scored 30 runs in wins over Mount Carmel and Stagg on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and sport a .359 team batting average. The win over No. 1 Mount Carmel was one for the ages. The Bulldogs led 9-0 after two innings and 14-9 entering the seventh before allowing the Caravan to rally to tie the game. Mount Carmel, in fact, led 15-14 in the top of the eighth before Shawn Chiaramonte came through for Richards with a two-out, two-run walk-off double in the bottom of the inning to pull out a 16-15 win.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Mount Carmel's New Coach Brings Passion, Fashion Sense and Maybe Stability
WOODLAWN — When Mount Carmel water polo head coach Tina Grunauer raises her voice, the Caravan players listen.   Grunauer plans to be back to state in the near future, in part because of her vast water polo background. She was a member of Mother McAuley's varsity water polo team and spent several years suiting up for Chicago Park District clubs.  "I take this sport very seriously," said Grunauer, who has been a full-time juvenile probation officer for the past 10 years.

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.

Thursday, April 03, 2014
Disabato: Best in Illinois baseball? Look no further than the Catholic League Blue
I know it’s early in the baseball season.  I also know that many teams have yet to play more than a handful of games — thank you very much, Mother Nature. But I’m willing to go out on a limb here and proclaim the Catholic League Blue the best baseball conference in the state. This isn’t a total shocker. The preseason rankings hinted at that very notion — four Blue teams were in the SouthtownStar Top 10: No. 1 Mount Carmel, No. 2 St. Rita, No. 4 St. Laurence and No. 8 Providence. 

Wednesday, April 02, 2014
IHSA committee member Jim Prunty stands by multiplier decision
St. Ignatius athletic director Jim Prunty, who served as a member of the committee that approved the new guidelines for the classification process of non-boundaried schools, believes the greater good will be served by the IHSA's decision. It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the committee that revamped the classification process for the IHSA’s non-boundaried schools.

Paying the price for glory
The success factor will be applied to teams at non-boundaried schools that have fared especially well at the state level. Those programs already are subject to the IHSA’s enrollment multiplier — established in 2005 — for non-boundaried schools who have success in regional and sectional competition. The Caravan are the defending 4A baseball champs and have won two consecutive football titles, in 8A in 2012 and 7A last season. Mount Carmel is usually on the border between 7A and 8A in football, but before last year hadn’t been in the smaller class since 2005. “I don’t think it affects us very much at all,” Mount Carmel football coach Frank Lenti said of the success factor. “I worry more about the medium-sized and the smaller schools."

Saturday, March 29, 2014
Baseball: Mount Carmel trims Bremen 8-2
Mount Carmel had its first six games canceled because of inclement weather, leaving its players a little eager and frustrated. The Caravan, however, looked in midseason form Friday against Bremen. Mount Carmel, the defending Class 4A state champion erupted for five runs in the first inning and coasted to a season-opening 8-2 win over the Braves at Chicago State.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Baseball: Mount Carmel starts season as SouthtownStar No. 1
MOUNT CARMEL (34-8): Three experienced senior left-handed hurlers — Marko Boricich (Penn State recruit), Richard Fordon (Northwestern) and Dave Dobrinich (Western Illinois), along with a pair of junior right-handers in Nelson Munoz and Jack Pappas, provide the Caravan with considerable depth and firepower.  The offense should be explosive, led by junior outfielder Josh Stowers (Louisville), junior infielder Ako Thomas (Michigan), junior catcher Scott Kapers (Valparaiso), junior first baseman Malik Carpenter and junior OF Nelson Wheeler. Two sophomores, infielder Jeremy Houston, younger brother of Mount Carmel grad Jerry Houston, and third baseman/catcher A.J. Lewis, should make an impact. “We have to keep the kids grounded and focused,” coach Brian Hurry said. “We tell the kids to ‘avoid the noise.’ It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.”

QB or Not QB: The Jordan Lynch '09 Question
Is Lynch an NFL quarterback or is a position change needed? Many NFL scouts believe a change will need to happen in order for him to make it at the next level. In fact, they went so far as to ask Lynch to take part in running back drills at the combine, which he gladly did. Then, at NIU's Pro Day on March 8th, they asked Lynch to do defensive back drills. Once again, he did. And in both those extracurricular drills Lynch claimed to have received positive feedback, notably on how quick his footwork was.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sports Digest: Mount Carmel pitcher picks Penn State

BORICICH COMMITS TO PENN STATE: Mount Carmel pitcher Marko Boricich committed to Penn State, said Caravan baseball coach Brian Hurry. Boricich was 8-1 last year with an 0.95 ERA. He struck out 64 in 66 innings pitched for the 2013 Class 4A state champions. In a semifinal game, he shutout Neuqua Valley 8-0.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
High school brothers team up for staggering St. Baldrick's sum
Shedding your hair in solidarity with young cancer patients. It's the central feature of what is being called St. Baldrick's Day and two high school brothers have answered the call in a BIG way. More than 60 students at Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago shaved their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research. Junior Michael Melchiorre and his freshman brother, Rudy. Together, they raised $190,000 for St. Baldrick's. How'd they do it? A lot of support. "Well, I'm just lucky to have a huge support group of family and friends," Michael said. The Melchiorre brothers were inspired by cancer victims they knew, including a great uncle who died because of the disease.

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. 

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