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Awards Keep Coming For Chelsea Field Hockey’s Maggie Cole


Chelsea’s Maggie Cole hurdles a Pioneer player in the State Championship Game

Chelsea Field Hockey Senior Maggie Cole first started playing field hockey in seventh grade and was a natural. It was like the athletic Cole was tailor made for the sport. She has excelled at it on all levels and has received much deserved recognition for it.

And this season was no different as she led her Chelsea team in goals and points scored helping lead her team to their first Division 1 regular season title and to the state championship game. And she didn’t do it alone as Chelsea had more players than any other school voted to the MHSFHA first team all state team, 4 players.

As well as being named Division 1 1st Team All-State, Cole was chosen for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Midwest Region team for an unprecedented third time! For a young 18 year old that is a rare and outstanding achievement.

“I am so proud of myself for achieving this award for a third time,” Cole said. “It took lot of hard work, and I couldn’t have done this without my coaches, teammates, and my family. This selection was a good reminder to me that I am ready for college play at MSU, but I need to work even harder to put my stamp on the program.”

Cole was also chosen as Division 1  State Runner-Up, as well as the MVP  of Chelsea Field Hockey. Cole will attend Michigan State University (MSU) in the Fall of 2016. On November 11th Cole signed her letter of intent. She will also be spending much of her spring and summer playing on travel field hockey teams.

Not only is Cole an overachiever on the field she is one off of it too as she has a 3.9 grade point average and is in National Honor Society (NHS). She also is the starting guard on the Chelsea basketball field. She spends what little free time she has at her job, doing homework, going to movies, and hanging out with her friends.

Cole is the daughter of Jennifer Tracht and Matt Cole, both of Chelsea. She has an older sister Mackenzie who attends MSU and also excelled at sports. She also has a twin sister, Meghan, who also excels at field hockey and will be playing in the Fall with her “older” sister at MSU.

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Chelsea, City Of Champions


Chelsea’s Division 1 Regular Season championship Field Hockey Team 

Chelsea Michigan is a city of about 5,000 residents about 15 miles to the west of Ann Arbor conveniently located off of Interstate 94. It is home to eclectic shops, various ranges of dining from casual to upscale, and is home to the famous Purple Rose theater. It is also home to the Chelsea High School Bulldogs which produces scholar students and athletes.

This past year Chelsea had 15 sports teams from their school achieve championship status in conference, district, or regional play. And on December 18th they were all honored in a special ceremony at the halftime of the basketball games.  Each team was brought out individually and celebrated in front of a packed gym.

Out of an enrollment of 850 students 620 students play at least one sport. Having 15 champions cannot be confirmed as a record but athletic director Brad Bush says “it could be.” Last year Chelsea had 12 teams honored.  The success of the athletes is matched by that in the classroom as many teams celebrated GPA achievements as well.

Winter Champions, 2014-15

Girls Basketball: SEC and District, school record 21 wins, second consecutive conference title, third consecutive district championship.

Boys Swimming: SEC and state runner-up, 18-2, second straight conference title, broke five varsity records, 12 All-State awards, qualified for All-America in five events.

Wrestling: District champion, 23-14, won Flint Beecher, Grass Lake and Chelsea invitationals and finished second at the South Lyon Invite.

Hockey: SEC champion, 16-8-2, champions for fourth straight year for seniors and eighth year overall. Had three seniors (the least ever) and 10 freshman and sophomores (most ever).

Spring 2015 Champions:

Boys Golf: SEC and regional champions, undefeated in White Division matches, won year-end White Division Conference tournament by 22 shots, first regional title for golf team in more than 30 years, finished 11th at state, best in 10 years.

Softball: SEC and district champions, finished 36-4, second straight SEC White title

Girls Tennis: SEC champions, won the league for the highest finish in the program’s history.

Boys Track: Regional champions, third straight regional title, several individual regional champions: Mike Smith, discus; Noah Van Reesema, 300 hurdles; Bailey Edwards, 100 and 200 meters; 4×200 and 4×100 meter relays, Edwards, Buckley, Skogheim, Nelson and McDowell.

Lacrosse: SEC Champions, first conference title in history, finished 9-7, including OT wins over Dexter and Tecumseh, four players named to 1st Team All-Conference and 2 honorable mentions, five players received academic award.

Fall 2015 Champions:

Football: District, regional champions, state runner-up, first team to make it to state championship at Ford Field, finished 12-2, school record 12 wins, Team Academic All-State Highest GPA in state at Division 3.

Volleyball: SEC Champions, SEC White Championship, undefeated in conference play, finished 41-13-4, won Skyline and Chelsea invitationals, MIVCA Team Academic All State, five seniors earned MIVCA individual Academic All-State Awards

Girls Cross Country: SEC and regional Champions, SEC White Championship, finished first in 10 of 13 meets, six All-League Runners, regional champions for third straight year, finished 15th at state meet.

Boys Soccer: SEC Champions, first SEC White Championship in 10 years, scored 71 goals for school record, allowed 18 goals in 22 games.

Boys Tennis: SEC Champions, sixth straight league title, qualified for state tournament for eighth straight year, scored 32 of 32 points at conference tournament, earning all 12 members all-SEC honors, finished 15-3-1.

Field Hockey: Division 1 regular season champions, state runner-up, won Division 1 regular season title (11-1-1), 10 shutouts, scored 33 goals, while allowing only 6, runner-up at state tournament, several players named to Division 1 All-State teams, more than any other school. Maggie Cole earned spot on Midwest All Region Team for third year.

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Balanced Play Leads Chelsea Girls Basketball To Victory


Senior Maddy Bell drives to the basket

Hundreds of fans packed Chelsea gym Friday night to watch the school honor their most recent championship teams of the last year, all 15 of them. But before that the Lady Bulldogs were to face off against the Tecumseh Indians.

Coach Todd Blomquist’s team got off to a fast 11-3 start with a pair of 3 point shots from Senior Olivia McCalla. But then Tecumseh fought back hard and cut the lead to 17-16 halfway through the second period. Chelsea held on for a 25-21 halftime lead.

“I liked how we came out and had a lot of energy early,” Blomquist said.  “I wasn’t happy with how we played defensively in the first quarter, but I thought we made some good adjustments,” Bloomquist said. “We took control of the game and made them chase us.”

Chelsea’s stifling defense kept the Indians at bay throughout the game especially with the press they put on forcing 20 Indian turnovers, led by Maggie Cole with 4 steals.

The Bulldogs led 35-25 after the third, before outscoring the Indians 18-16 in the final period, for a final tally of 53-41. McKenzie MyKala led the team with 14 points, Maddy Bell had 11 with 3 treys, and Cole had 10.

Bloomquist credited Cole with feeding the team from her energy to get them going. He also praised McCalla for long-range shots early. “But we kind of cooled off,” Blomquist said. The Bulldogs had several chances at easy layups, but could not deliver the ball. “We certainly need to get better finishing off a basket,” Blomquist said.

The Bulldogs will play a rare Christmas Break game Tuesday in Pinckney against the Pirates. Tip off is 2 P.M.


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Chelsea Girls Hoops Off To Great start


Senior Maggie Cole drives to the basket

After a great 20-4 season in 2015, and in spite of the loss to graduation of several players such as Melissa Robards, Sam Jabara, Hannah Heberle Rose and others, the Chelsea girls varsity basketball team is off to a great start this season. After 3 games the Bulldogs stand at 2-1, their only defeat to a very strong Marshall team.

Returning for their Senior seasons from last years team are twins Maggie and Meghan Cole, Maddy Bell, McKenzie Mykala, Olivia McCalla, and Catey Regis. Meghan Cole is still recovering from a surgery earlier this year which unfortunately will sideline her for what hopefully will only be a couple months. Returning for her Junior year is Jess Jacobhousse, and newcomers to the team are Juniors Sidney Bailey, Nicole Bareis, Kylie Kuebler, and Sarah Stribe. Also new to the team this season are sophomores Katelyn McKinley and Emily Griggs.

The Bulldogs kicked off the season with a big 54-38 victory over Dearborn Divine Child. The Bulldogs were led by Maggie Cole & Mykala with 11 points each while McCalla chipped in with 10. Cole had 4 steals and Mykala had 6 assist.

In the Bulldogs first home game of the season against Marshall, the Bulldogs played tough and strong but just couldn’t move the ball inside enough for many good chances, falling in a narrow defeat 38-35. The Bulldogs were led by Mykala with 7 points and 5 assist.

On Friday the girls took to the road and headed to Adrian to take on the Maples.  The Maples were no match for the Bulldogs as they overpowered them and got their first conference win of the season in an overwhelming 65-29 victory led by Mykala’s 20 points and 7 assist. McCalla chipped in 16 points while McKinley added 10 of her own.

The Bulldogs return home Tuesday for a 7 o’clock tip off against conference foe Ypsilanti Lincoln.


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Chelsea’s Ty McTaggart Named Ann Arbor Region Defensive Player Of The Year


Ty poses for a senior pic, photo by Amy Vontom Farley

When you ask Chelsea Senior Defensive Lineman Ty McTaggart who the best defensive player on his state finalist Bulldogs team is he will rattle off everyone’s name but leave his own off. Because he feels the defensive unit which helped get the team to the Division 3 state championship  game is one solid core of players, each stepping up and contributing in their own way. But apparently others don’t see it that way as the 5′ 10″ 270 pound defensive stud was chosen unanimously as the Ann Arbor Area Defensive player of the year.

Ty was also honored as an SEC All Conference player, and voted by coaches to the Ann Arbor area defensive dream team. Through nine games in the regular season, McTaggart recorded 71 tackles, including 10 for loss, and 6.5 sacks as he was a pivotal part of Chelsea’s stifling defense this season, which recorded 5 shutouts and held opponents to only average about 10 points a game.  In the Playoffs he stepped up big and recorded  30 more tackles including 7 in the championship game against arguably one of the best teams in the state, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

“Ty’s one of the best we have ever had,” said Chelsea Head Coach Brad Bush. “He’s by far the best in our league. He practices hard, plays hard and goes hard in the weight room,” continued Bush. “He’s got great explosion off the line and he uses his hands exceptionally well. It’s something special.”

McTaggart has anchored the ruthless Chelsea front line all season, helping to limit opposing running backs while also applying pressure against the pass. He is known for his vocal leadership and his effort and technique in the trenches. He is also known for his toughness, intensity, and determination.

“It felt good that the team worked well with each other and that they trusted one another to do their job, “McTaggart said of the team. “And that is why we made it to Ford Field. I felt like after the Trenton game we needed to step it up. We all stepped up at practice and took it to another level.”

Right after the regular season and preparing for the playoffs McTaggart was with his friend Senior defensive Parker Dye when a car ran a red light at the corner of Old US 12 and Freer Road and hit the car they were in on the side. Both suffered minor injuries and thankfully it wasn’t worse. “It really scared me. I was glad we were both okay and that we could finish the season,” McTaggart said.  Both tough kids didn’t miss a game after the accident.

“I’m really humbled by these honors being given to me,” McTaggart said referring to all his accolades. “I’m very honored and thankful for all the recognition and I feel really good that my effort that I put into football was noticed and rewarded.”

McTaggart plans to attend Michigan State University in the Fall of 2016 and major in the livestock industries program. He wants to own his own butcher shop someday.


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Chelsea goes down fighting in Championship Game



2015 State Finalist Team

The streets of Chelsea at 4:20 P.M. were lined with a large crowd of both young and old alike Saturday, November 30. They were holding signs, taking pictures, waving, and all there with the common bond of sending their football team off in prideful style. As the two charter buses carrying the team weaved it’s way down main street led by a Police escort, many fans and parents followed behind them in a convoy on the way to Ford Field in Detroit.

The Bulldogs had earned their first trip there in the playoffs and were set to  face off against 6 time state champion Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (OLSM). As the crowd filtered in during the Bulldogs warmups you began to wonder if anyone was left in the Chelsea area. The entire north side of the field, the visitors side, was awash in a sea of blue and gold. Across the field representing OLSM was a spattering of red and white.

The Bulldogs kicked off to OLSM & the Eaglets moved the ball down the field running the ball and burning off early clock time. Justin Myrick scored from the 1 to put the Eaglets up and with a two point conversion the Eaglets were up 8-0. The Bulldogs took over and on their first offensive drive threw an interception. The Eaglets struck quick with a 34 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brendan Tabone to Kahlee Hamler putting the red and white up 15-0.

Many teams would’ve given up right there. But not the Bulldogs. They fought back and never gave up and in the second quarter they got their first score of the game on a 47 yard gadget play pass from Graham Kuras to Noah Van Reesema  to make the score 15-6 .

In the most controversial  play of the game, the Bulldogs Jordan Haber put big pressure on Tabone, along with Trevor Kingsley, and forced a fumble deep in the Eaglets territory. But the referee called it an “incomplete pass” which caused a record setting decibel level of boos to be launched in the stadium. It was very apparent to all it was a fumble including the Fox Sports Detroit television announcers. This would be just one of many bad calls and non calls on the night and the fans would let the refs know it.

After a very entertaining halftime show by the Chelsea Marching Band, the Bulldogs received the ball down 15-6. But they had a hard time moving the ball. After another Tabone to Hamler touchdown, the Bulldogs found themselves in a big hole. But they kept battling on. And it was quarterback Jack Bush completing a 14 yard pass to Cam Cooper to keep the Bulldogs in the game. But it just wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs just couldn’t catch a break or get the right call and OLSM just ran the ball and the clock up en route to a 29-12 victory.

In the end, St. Mary’s power-run scheme was too much to handle eating up large chunks of clock to secure their third title in five years. OLSM’s 29-12 victory was earned mainly on the ground gaining  293 of its 372 total yards by running the ball.

“They certainly ran the ball well, which we knew they would,” Chelsea Head Coach Brad Bush said. “I felt like after the start they scored, we turned it over, they scored and boom, it’s 15-0. But then it’s a game. So you give them credit. When you take a group of athletes that good and combine good coaching, that’s tough.”

Chelsea (12-2) took its share of risks in the game, finding success in some such as Bush’s trick-pass play by Kuras, as did the squib kick by Christopher Roush recovered by Cole Septer in the third quarter. But a few other good plays were broken up by OLSM and some rather questionable officiating.

“I told our guys when we came down here we weren’t coming to keep it close,” he said. “You can question the fake field goal, choosing to go for it, but in a game like this you’re going to have to do stuff like that to win. We didn’t come down here to keep it close; we came down here to win.”

Chelsea came up short of its goal of bringing home the championship hardware but just making it to game No. 14 was enough for the Bulldogs to walk away, heads held high. The Bulldogs were led by Jack Bush who went 13-21 for 145 yards and a touchdown. Van Reesema led the team in receiving with 4 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Cooper led the team in all purpose yards with 107 yards, including a big 48 yard kickoff return.

On the defensive side of the ball Caden Murphy led the team with 10 tackles followed by Kuras with 9, and Ryan Stasiak and Kingsley with 8. Kuras had an interception in the end zone to stop a OLSM drive before the half.

“That’s a great football team,” Bush said. “For my money, that is probably the best team in the state. We’ve played some great teams from all over the state, but I felt like defensively, coming into this game, that’s the best defense we’ve ever played against.

“We had our chances; we were right there with them, and our guys played their tails off. I’m proud of our guys.”


The student section represented up front by teammates from the state championship runner up field hockey team