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.