Go big or go home: Neuqua vs. Carmel


Go big or go home: Neuqua vs. Carmel

Tashara Parker
CSNChicago.com Contributor

Tomorrow is the night that weve all been waiting for. The do or die games of the week.

Take a deep breath: There are only a few more hours until the top teams square off for a chance at the state championship game only a week away from tomorrow.

Perhaps one of the biggest games Saturday night is ten-time state champion Mount Carmel vs. Neuqua Valley.

Two teams familiar with one another from their matchup two years ago when the Caravan knocked the Wildcats out of the playoffs in the second-round with a 21-14 victoryso its safe to say the Wildcats are seeking revenge in Saturday's matchup.

Mount Carmel has definitely taken high school football fans on an incredible ride the last few years. Although, they have ten state championships in school history, the majority of their titles were during the 90sand they havent won a state championship game in the last five seasons.

The Caravan heads to their fourth-straight semifinals in the last six seasons when they battle Neuqua Valley in a Class 8A matchup on the Warriors' turf.

If you have been a part of Mount Carmel football in the last 20 years, you know better than most that they are one of the most storied Catholic League schools around.

They have been under the guidance of head coach Frank Lenti since 1984 and he owns nine of Mount Carmel's 10 state championships.

And as much as the team wants another state title, its rare that any other team in the country has won 10 state championships in less than three decades, so theyre already ahead of the game.

Its easy to say the Caravan are dominant in their sport and its run in the game of football is unmatched throughout the stateso fans can only wonder what will happen tomorrow night as they take the field against unbeaten Neuqua Valley.

One thing for sure is itll be a good game. Both teams have speed and are looking to control the ball at all costs, so itll come down to who makes the least mistakes and puts up a solid defensive effort.

White Sox add Tyler Danish for doubleheader, place Dylan Covey on DL

White Sox add Tyler Danish for doubleheader, place Dylan Covey on DL

The White Sox announced they have added pitcher Tyler Danish from Triple-A Charlotte as the 26th player for Friday's doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

In a series of roster moves, the White Sox also recalled relief pitcher Juan Minaya from Charlotte and placed starting pitcher Dylan Covey on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

The 23-year-old Danish will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader. In eight starts with the Knights this season, Danish has a 1-3 record with a 3.15 ERA.

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In 10 appearances with the Knights, Minaya has a 1-0 record with a 1.23 ERA. 

Covey is 0-4 with an 8.12 ERA in eight starts with the White Sox in 2017. Covey left last Tuesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after just 2.1 innings pitched with oblique soreness.

The White Sox and Tigers get underway from Guaranteed Rate Field at 3:30 p.m. on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

91 Days to Kickoff: Ridgewood


91 Days to Kickoff: Ridgewood

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Ridgewood

Head coach: Don Gelsomino

Assistant coaches: Matt Walsh (DC/LB), Pat Rossi (OL), Vince Fanelli (DB), Miguel Villegas (RB), Ryan Patrick (DL), Paul Fekring (OL)

How they fared in 2016: 7-3 (5-0 Metro Suburban Red), lost to Rochelle in Class 5A opening-round action.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – Noble Pritzker

Sept. 1 – Maine East

Sept. 8 – @ Riverside Brookfield

Sept. 15 - Glenbard South

Sept. 22 - @ Elmwood Park

Sept. 29 – @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 6 - Aurora Central Catholic

Oct. 13 - @ Guerin Prep

Oct. 20 - Walther Christian

Biggest storyline: Can the Rebels win a third straight conference title and return to the playoffs?

Names to watch this season: Senior WR Marco Vitale, Senior OL/DL Jose Bodon

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to find a new quarterback to lead the passing attack with the graduation of Richie Zacharius.

EDGY's early take: The Rebels bring back a good core of starters from last season, including seven on defense. Look for Ridgewood to again be a factor in the Metro Suburban Conference and beyond this season.