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Chelsea Defeated In District Championship By River Rouge

 

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Chelsea Senior Quarterback Thomas Steele rolls out to his right in 3rd quarter action

 

The drive for 5 consecutive district championships fell short for the Chelsea Bulldogs as they fell to the River Rouge Panthers 35-10 Friday night.  Chelsea ends it’s great season with a 9-2 record while River rouge will take its 9-2 record and move on to play 10-1 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood.

The Panthers started out quickly as they took the opening kickoff for the early score giving them a big early lead. They had come into the game averaging 50 points a game but they hadn’t faced a defense like Chelsea’s. The Bulldogs were able to move the ball down the field but weren’t able to finish for the score.

The Bulldogs fell behind 14-0 before Cullen Lindsay was able to get the Bulldogs on the board with a 32-yard field goal that had plenty of room to spare. The Panthers would run the ball for another score then Aiden Chisholm took the kickoff 58 yards to set the Bulldogs up in great field position. But the drive came up short as the ball was picked off in the end zone.

As River Rouge moved the ball downfield to try to add to their lead before the half, Chelsea’s Patrick Bertoni was able to jump in front of the Panther’s first pass of the night and intercept it and return it 25 yards to stall their drive and end the half with River Rouge up 21-3.

After halftime, the Bulldogs took the ball and were able to drive but again unable to finish and put any points on the board. Several drives were stalled by many missed calls by the referees including a third down and long for the Panthers where an obvious offensive pass interference was clearly missed. The Panthers were called for 9 penalties on the night including some personal fouls.

River Rouge would put 2 more scores up on the board before the cold night was over.  The Bulldogs defense still held them below their season scoring average. Chelsea quarterback Thomas Steele would put his athleticism to good use on the night as he finished as Chelsea’s leading rusher with 84 yards rushing and a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with 110 yards passing. Hunter Neff was the Bulldogs leading receiver with 86 yards on 4 catches.

Senior middle linebacker Owen Nikischer led the Bulldogs on defense with 11 total tackles while Ronnie Buford would finish with 7 including one for a big loss. Bertoni would finish with 6 plus the interception.

After the trophy award ceremony Chelsea Head Coach Brad Bush gathered his gridiron warriors and addressed them.

“That’s a great team,” Bush would say. “You did a great job and you should all hold your heads high. You have nothing to be ashamed of. I’m proud of each and every one of you.”

 

 

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Dozer The Pig’s Playoff Pigskin Preview

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Hey, everybody, it’s me Dozer the pig. I’m so excited for the game this week, we’re going for our 5th District Championship in a row. Not many schools can say that. Well, they can say it but that won’t make it true. Heck, most times would be happy to make it to the playoffs even once. But Friday’s game won’t be easy. We’re hosting the River Rouge Panthers. And it’s going to be a tough game.

The Bulldogs first time playing the Panthers was last year when they had to forfeit for using an illegal player. Thank goodness Trump is in office and getting rid of the illegals! It will make it fair. Heck, you want an illegal player, I’ll suit up. I told Coach that but he said it wouldn’t be legal or fair because I would tear everybody up. Plus he said he didn’t have a jersey big enough for me. That’s right, I’m ripped, solid pig muscle!

Speaking of hogs, that o-line is going to have to play harder than they ever have. My hog brothers need to bring their A game. They’re playing great, they’ve got better as the year has gone on.  You guys need to be big and mean, show some teeth, but no biting, that’s my job! And you people hosting the o-line dinner, bust out the money because us big boys need to eat. And stop forgetting to invite me!

Defense, you need to be mean, fast, tough. The first hit equals tackle. Don’t let them slip away. I don’t want to see any more long touchdown runs. You grab them wrap them up to bring them down. Listen to your coaches they know what they’re talking about. That’s why they have that job because they’re good at what they do,. That’s why they win all the time.

Special teams, no mistakes. I want no turnovers or stupid penalties. First kid screws up gets a visit from me. You can run but I got mighty strong legs for how little they are and I move fast for a big guy. Especially if I hear a dinner bell or smell pizza!

Now, River Rouge is averaging 46 points a game. That’s a lot of points. Their defense is giving up only 9 points a game. They have some good players on their team. Many pundits have them going all the way in Division 4. After all, they were in the championship game in 2015 and came close last year. But so did we. And they’re good but they haven’t faced a defense like ours!

Speaking of pundits there were many who said Chelsea wouldn’t make the playoffs, would lose 3 games, wouldn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs. These were so-called “sports experts” & alumni. And I need their names so I can go give them a taste of pig power, tenderize them a little. You do not mess with my Bulldogs and wish them to lose! EVER!

Friday, I want the stadium packed. I want you all to stomp your feet, get loud, scream, and cheer on the Bulldogs. They’re gonna need the crow behind them. I wanna hear the hit somebody crew. I want to hear it in my barn. And student section, sure, have fun, but you are there to support your team.  I want you all in full force. Last week, you were weak. My goat buddies could be louder than you! And don’t be singing no stupid songs with F-words in it. What is wrong with you? There’s little kids & piglets around!

I got the Bulldogs in this in a close one. It’s going to be wet from the rains lately so ball control is a big factor. Strip that ball, jump those routes, break the wheel, pop the bubble! Points are going to be hard to come by. But I know the Bulldogs will score just enough to win in a close one. It’s going to come down to the 4th quarter. But I believe and you better believe too! Or else you deal with the Dozer! Go Bulldogs!!!!

 

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Ohio State Field Hockey Defeated in Big 10 Tournament

 

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Ohio State’s Liz Tamburro makes a great save in the first half 

 

Less than 48 hours after braving harsh elements to defeat Indiana the lady Buckeyes were back on Ocker Field in Ann Arbor to play their biggest rival, the Michigan Wolverines. The field was still wet from the cold rains that had been falling and the game-time temperature was only 44 degrees. But the Buckeyes excitedly took the field against the number 3 team in the nation in the Big 10 tournament quarterfinal matchup.

With their grey uniforms on the Buckeyes took control of the ball first and both teams played very solid careful defense throughout the beginning of the first half of play. Neither team was able to get the ball upfield easily and was unable to get a shot on goal until about 6 minutes in when Michigan was able to get a shot off but Buckeye Senior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro was able to make the big save. A few minutes later Tamburro would come up big again making 2 outstanding saves at point blank range.

With halfway through the first half, Tamburro had made 6 saves to keep the score tied at zero. With 4 minutes left in the first half, the first penalty corner of the game was called and Michigan took advantage as the ball just narrowly made it past her for the goal as she jumped outstretched to try to stop it,  A couple minutes later with just 33 seconds left in the half, Michigan would score again off the corner again to take a 2-0 lead into the half.

But the Buckeyes would not give up and kept playing hard and put pressure on the Michigan defense. Tamburro would make several more outstanding saves but Michigan would score again on another penalty corner to move on in the tournament with a 3-0 victory over the Buckeyes. Michigan would outshoot the Buckeyes 16-4 and had 6 corners compared to only 1 for the Buckeyes. Michigan will face the Northwestern Wildcats next Saturday in East Lansing in the semifinal round.

As the Buckeyes left the field there were lots of hugs for one another and tears shed as the 10 Buckeye seniors closed out their college playing careers. But in spite of the sadness, the seniors consisting of  Maddy HumphreyMaartje BongersLauren Carroll,      Liz TamburroNatalie FaustSofia HaramisCarolina Vergroesen Kelsey NolanCaroline Rath and  Morgan Kile all took solace in the encouraging words of first-year Head Coach Jarred Martin. They also can take pride knowing they got to live their dreams on the field at one of the greatest and the biggest universities in the United States of America. All will go to graduate and do wonderful things in the world and will never forget the friendships and memories they made and shared.

The Buckeyes finished the season 10-9, their best record since the 2012 season and some of the players made a big mark on the program adding their names in the record books. Humphrey, Tamburro, and Rath each etched their names all over the Ohio State record book. Tamburro ends her career with 436 career saves, the fourth most in program history. Her seven total saves in the game Sunday pushed her past Andie Dunbar (1976-79) for the No. 4 spot.

Rath closed her career by starting in 68 career games and recording 17 defensive saves in her career, the fourth most ever by a Buckeye.

Humphrey capped off an excellent four-year career with 43 career goals, the eight most in program history. In addition to ranking high on the career goals list, her point total of 114 will go down as the seventh most in the record book.

The Buckeyes will be a very young team next season as they will only have 3 seniors,   Casey Cole, Courtney Daniels, and Hannah Pany. But with new recruits and a great underclassmen group, the Buckeyes will be hoping for another great season.

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Chelsea Conquers Milan 23-14 In First Round Of Playoffs

 

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Jacob Grubbs runs for a Chelsea touchdown in the first quarter

 

Fall weather in Chelsea seemed to turn to winter almost overnight as near freezing temperatures embraced the city as the Bulldogs played host to Milan in the first round of the MHSAA football playoffs. A hard, cold rain pelted the football stadium and a heavy, gusting wind didn’t help matters much. But the weather nor the Milan Big Red were no match for Chelsea are they battled and fought their way to a 23-14 victory.

In a rematch of the first game of the season, a 27-7 Chelsea victory at Milan, the Bulldogs got started very quickly as Jacob Grubbs took the opening kickoff 57 yards to give the Bulldogs great field position. Two plays later it was Grubbs catching a pass from Thomas Steele and busting around the outside corner to his right and diving into the end zone as he was flanked by defenders for a big 13-yard score and the early Bulldog lead.

Milan would come back though and drove meticulously down the field before running back  Hunter Aeschbacker would score from 34 yards out. The 2 point conversion try was broken up by Ronnie Buford keeping the Bulldogs up by 1 at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs would drive down the field only to be stopped short of a first down and in spite of the rough weather, called on Cullen Lindsay for the field goal attempt. On a beautiful snap and a perfectly placed ball, Lindsay was able to boot the ball through the uprights for the 33-yard field goal and the 10-6 lead.

Less than two minutes later it would be Milan’s Aeschbacker breaking free for a 50-yard score and with the 2-point conversion it gave the Big Red their first lead of the night, 14-10.

With 50 seconds left before the half and the Bulldogs driving they were faced with a third down and very long situation. Thomas Steele took the snap out of the shotgun and was looking for an open receiver. He found one over the middle with Hunter Neff who dragged defenders into the end zone for a 23-yard score and a 21-14 Chelsea lead.

In the second half, Milan kept the ball on the ground and was trying to get the pressure up front against Chelsea. But time and time again the Bulldogs came up big on third down forcing punts or forcing Milan into 4th down situations which they would attempt three and all three times the Bulldogs defense came up huge making big stops and forcing the turnover on downs.

After a forced fourth down turnover on downs midway through the final stanza, the Bulldogs would drive 69 yards down the field with Thomas Steele being forced out of the pocket under heavy pressure and blazing his way juking defenders for a huge 38-yard Bulldog score and adding a bit of security for the Bulldogs. The kick would be blocked giving the Bulldogs a 23-14 lead and the defense would hold the rest of the way for the big District playoff victory.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice,” Chelsea Head Coach Brad Bush would say after the game. “They’re a good team and they had a really good game plan and they had some things go against them, they lost a couple key guys early in the game.”

The Bulldogs were led on offense by Thomas Steele with 73 yards rushing and 100 yards through the air with 2 touchdown passes and 1 scored on the ground.  Grubbs led the receivers with 4 catches and a score while Neff had 3 catches and a score.

On the defensive side of the ball, it was Buford with 8 total tackles, 1 for a loss and 1 pass broken up. Garrett Steele had 7 total tackles and a pass broken up while Gus Reynolds and Riley Lukomski each had 6 total tackles. Owen Nikischer and Dion Mite each had 5.

Chelsea will host River Rouge this Friday at 7 P.M. River Rouge won their playoff game against Flat Rock and is 8-2 on the season. This will be only the second time the teams have ever played.

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Ohio State Field Hockey Defeats Indiana 3-1

 

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Maddy Humphrey (left) celebrates number 10 Adelaide Penzone’s first goal of the season 

 

Despite near-freezing temperatures and a hard cold rain for most of the game, the Buckeyes Field Hockey team were able to defeat the Indiana Hoosiers in Ann Arbor in the Big 10 tournament and won their play in game 3-1 advancing the Buckeyes to the quarterfinals.

The Buckeyes were able to brave the elements and pepper the Hoosiers with 24 shots on net and controlled the tempo of the game with crisp passing and an outstanding defense.

Sophomore Esther Clotet Alsina got the scoring started for the Buckeyes at about the 10-minute mark of the first half. She was on the right side of the circle and then blasted the ball across the Indiana goalkeeper’s body to the left side of the net for the goal. It was her 5th goal of the season which ties her for second on the team in goal scoring.

Senior Sensation Maddy Humphrey unleashed a big shot which the Hoosier goalie blocked but Sophomore Adelaide Penzone found herself in the perfect spot for the rebound as she buried it into the net for her first goal of the season and gave the Buckeyes a big 2-0 lead headed into the half.

Late in the second half, it was Humphrey putting the icing on the cake with a big security goal as she scored off a corner which she started. She worked her way to the net and was able to redirect  Juliette Duquesne’s initial shot for the score. It was Humphrey’s 9th goal of the season and the first assist of the season for Duquesne.

Senior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro wasn’t tested often but when she was she stepped up big making several great saves and only letting in 1 goal on 9 shots giving her an outstanding 1.39 goals against average on the season.

The Buckeyes, 10-8 on the season, will take on the regular season Big Ten champions, Michigan, on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor, MI. The Buckeyes battled the Wolverines in an overtime contest in Columbus on Sept. 22 and eventually fell by a score of 1-0 in the first overtime period.

 

 

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Chelsea Football, It All Starts Here

 

DSC_5842As the Chelsea varsity football team begins its playoff run, it’s good to look back and reflect on the football program where most of these players came from. Many are born and raised in Chelsea and have played in the program since middle school. All Chelsea players live in Chelsea since there is no school of choice or open recruitment. And their high school football careers all began as a freshman under Head Coach Dennis Strzyzewski.

The 2017 freshman football team is coming off its only second undefeated season in the programs rich traditional history. The only other freshman team to go undefeated were the seniors of the 2015 team which went to the state championship game. Strzyzewski has been coaching the freshman for 15 years with great results. His only coaching style is that he tries to be as honest as possible with the kids. He works to get them to demand more from themselves.

“My biggest goal is that everyone on the team always puts the team needs in front of their individual wants,” Strzyzewski stated. “We also try to make everything competitive and fun.  We are blessed to have a lot of really smart kids in Chelsea, so we are able to ask them to do some pretty complex things at a young age.”
Strzyzewski began his football career at Manistee, Michigan. When he’s not coaching on the gridiron he coaches boys and girls basketball at the middle school. He has coached basketball for 14 of his 19 years in Chelsea. He also is the Beach Middle School Guidance Counselor.
It was a spectacular season for the young Bulldogs as there were many highlights of such a great season. The very first game of the season they fell behind to Monroe 14-0 within the first 5 minutes of the games and Monroe actually scored on the first play of the game.  But the kids just kept playing, battling back, listening to assistant coaches Adam French, Jared Beaver,  and defensive line Coach Mikal Nelson and ended up winning 36-28.
“After losing big in middle school, which is expected, we didn’t know how our kids would respond to the rough start,” Strzyzewski said. “But they stepped up to the challenge.”
The last game was eerily similar.  They were down 7-0 after the first play and 14-0 four minutes into the game at Holt.  Again, the kids just kept competing.  Down 21-7 at the half, they came back to take a 28-21 lead in the third.  Again, they fell behind 37-28 with 5 minutes left.  But the kids kept believing eventually scoring with a minute left to win 38-37.
“That was probably the most fun I have had coaching a freshman game,” said Strzyzewski.
Coach Strzyzweski says “I keep getting older but the kids stay the same age.”  He explains that the freshman are fun because they are so raw when he gets them in August, but he gets to see them build confidence as they improve.  By the end of the season, they are a completely different team.  He says it is hard at times because every year, they are kind of starting over, and they need to remember that although they have done this a thousand times, it is the first time for this group of kids. The great thing is that they get to know these kids in a whole new way, and they have a ton of fun.  Every day there is something to laugh about, and he feels like he builds relationships with the kids and that is what really matters.
“People talk about the lessons we learn from football”,  Strzyzweski states.  “I think our kids learned that if you just keep playing, keep competing, things often work out.  You can win all of the time, but continuing to battle will give you a chance to be successful.  My hope is they apply this to school, jobs, and relationships.  Everything they do will have a chance to be successful as long as they just kept pushing even when it seems too difficult.”
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Dozer The Pig Pigskin Playoff Preview

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Hey, everybody, it’s me Dozer the pig, Chelsea’s favorite swine! Wow, what a great game by my Bulldogs last week. Way to hammer your way into the playoffs. Nothing like hitting your peak at playoff time. The momentum is just what you need right now. I was watching the game from my high tech barn & squealing with so much delight the neighbors got mad and yelled at me. I yelled back, they’re from Dexter so you know I didn’t say anything good.  Heh heh heh. Dexter.

I’m so proud of the whole team everyone coming together and playing hard. And we get districts at home.  Man, the defense is in beast mode. Ronnie Buford, my close personal friend,  was all over the place. He couldn’t be stopped. And Owen Nikischer had 11 total tackles. Yeah, yeah, 6 tackles 5 assists. Whatever, this ain’t hockey boy, you get a hand in bringing them down that’s a tackle. And the Big O was hitting anything that wasn’t wearing blue and gold, in true Dozer style fashion.

And the offense. No turnovers, great execution. And my fellow hogs up front, that o-line is getting some push. And Tommy Steele, his legs, and arm are going to carry us far in the playoffs. As the season has gone on he’s gotten much better. He makes good decisions and is reading the defenses well. And he’s not afraid of anything and doesn’t like to lose. Well, he’s probably afraid of this big tough solid pig but I’d never hurt a Bulldog kid!

So here we go, Friday night against Milan. It’s nice that a team from Italy wants to play us. What? Ohhhhh, Milan from here. Well pronounce it right, it’s ma lahn, not my lan!   Anyway, we faced them in week 1, a big 27-7 victory on the road. They come into the playoffs at 5-4, Chelsea at 8-1. Both teams lost to Lincoln but that was Chelsea’s third game of the season and Milan’s 9th. Now they’ve got better as the season went on. But so have my Bulldogs.

The key to this game is stopping their run. Bulldogs, you get a hand on a guy, you wrap him up, bring him down. Milan is tough. They have good size up front. D-line is going to have to be quick and tough. No mistakes, no stupid penalties. I mean it! Or you’ll deal with me and that’s something you don’t want to do. Milan is averaging about 26 points a game while giving up 24 points a game. Chelsea is averaging about 24 points a game on offense while giving up an average of about 10 points a game.

So The Big Reds….wait that’s their name? What the heck kind of name is that? When I think of big red I think of gum or the soda from Texas that guy started in the late 30’s. How is that a tough name? I mean Bulldog is tough. Lion, tiger, warrior, those are tough names. Big Reds? That’s almost as bad as Dreadnaughts. Heh heh heh. Dexter!  So nobody wears red to the game Friday night! My favorite mascot name is razorback. Those are my Southern cousins. They’re  pretty mean and tough but they got nothing on me! Or my Bulldogs!

Anyhow, I see a strong defensive Chelsea team coming out ahead in this game. I think this team can go all the way. But one play, one quarter, one game at a time, one win at a time. Bulldogs, no hot dogging, mmmmmmm hot dogs. Listen to your coaches, don’t try to be fancy, you’re not playing to be on the cover of SI, you’re playing for pride, your school, your community, Chelsea! Now get out there and kick some butt and bring us home the W! Go Bulldogs.

 

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