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Chelsea Water Polo Upsets Grand Blanc In Overtime

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Chelsea goalkeeper Catherine Wellman makes a big save for the Lady Bulldogs

The first thing you notice about the Chelsea women’s water polo team is their size or lack of it. Not the height as 6 foot 2-inch netminder Catherine Wellman towers over most people, but the size of the number of players on the team. There are only 10 girls on the team which limits substitutions since 7 girls are in the water all at once. The team is so small that the varsity team is actually the junior varsity team also!

But although small in players Coach Gayle Hurn’s Lady Bulldogs are big on heart and teamwork. And going up against a much bigger and experienced Grand Blanc team was going to be very tough. But it was senior night and the Lady Bulldogs were going to try to honor their 3 seniors with a victory.

The visiting Bobcats struck first when Izzy Curtiss snuck one past Wellman. But in the second quarter, the Bulldogs roared back with a big goal by Sophomore Melissa Jolly. The Bobcats then dominated the 2nd with goals by Miranda Gutierrez and Curtiss taking a 3-1 lead into the half.

After Hurn’s strategy was laid out to the ladies for the second half play resumed and the Coaches plan worked as Senior Meryl McDonnel faked the Bobcat netminder out and blasted the ball into an empty net. That was the beginning as Chelsea exploded for 2 more goals, by Senior Captain Emma Adkins and McDonnel again to take a 4-3 lead in the third. But the Bobcats weren’t giving up and retaliated with 3 quick goals of their own. After a Coach Hurn timeout to settle the girls down, the Bulldogs hit the water again trailing by 2. The Bobcats had several great chances but Wellman made many outstanding save and just got better as the game went on, keeping her team close enough for a comeback.

With time being of the essence, Chelsea took advantage of some great passing and was able to get Jolly open for her second goal of the night. Trailing by 1 things were starting to look bleak as the Bulldogs were looking for their 4th victory of the season. After another Coach Hurn timeout, Chelsea used whatever she told the ladies, and used it well, because the play was executed perfectly by the team as Adkins scored the tying goal sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Lady Bulldogs got the ball and moved it right away to set up  Jolly’s third goal of the night for the lead. The Bobcats tried many different things including using lots of substitutions to take advantage of the tired Bulldogs but they weren’t having it as Sophomore Serena Adams put the icing on the cake with a beautiful goal to give the Bulldogs a hard-fought and much deserved 8-6 victory.

AS the girls celebrated and congratulated the Bobcats on a great challenge former EMU Coach Hurn was very ecstatic. “These girls played great, I’m so proud of them,” she stated. “In my time here we have never beaten Grand Blanc. They’re a very good team and a great program. Our goalkeeper (Wellman) played her best game of the season and she just got better and stronger as the game went on. I’m so happy for the girls, they needed this and they deserved it.”

After the big victory Seniors Adkins, McDonnel, and Kiersten Stehlik were all honored with a gift of flowers  for them and their parents. There was no JV game because Grand Blanc declined to play it. Next up for the Lady Bulldogs is the District playoffs.

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Chelsea Lacrosse Comes Back To Defeat Belleville

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Senior Ethan French takes a shot on the Belleville goal

The sun had gone down and the wind had picked up on an unseasonably chilly April evening in Chelsea. The Belleville Tigers were in town to take on the Bulldogs and the Tigers wasted no time getting off to a good start with goals by Jacob Flood and Alec Emerson to give them an early 2-0 lead. But then Alec Daman made a great kick on the ball which Sean Cox picked up and passed it to Ryan Hein who quickly jammed it home to cut the lead in half. Only minutes later it was the freshman Cam Breining tying it up.

In the second quarter, Chelsea came out fast and started piling up the goals but right before the half the Tigers scored a couple quick goals to go into the half down 5-4. After a brief intermission, it was Ethan French getting the ball to Cam Breining who quickly extended the Bulldog lead. The Bulldogs and Tigers swapped goals and as the Bulldogs entered the 4th with a 2 goal lead, things got a bit interesting. Chelsea netminder Josh Ciaccio  was off for 2 minutes on an unreleasable penalty and Belleville quickly took advantage of the situation. They broke through the Chelsea defense and scored 4 quick goals  to take a 9-7 lead.

But the Bulldogs didn’t roll over as Senior Ryan Hein attacked the Tigers net and scored a beautiful goal with a hard shot. With 5 minutes left Cox again made a great pass to Breining who scored the tying goal. Then things got very physical as both teams were fighting on the field for possession of the ball to get that precious lead. And the toughness paid off as Senior Ethan French scored the go-ahead goal with little time left retaining the lead once again for the Bulldogs. With time running out the Tigers turned up the heat and started to pressure the Bulldogs goal but goalkeeper Ciaccio made save after great save to keep the Bulldogs on top. With 38.8 seconds left it was Hein scoring off a pass from Daman to help secure the Bulldogs lead and help them to a big 11-9 victory.

Hein had a huge night with 5 goals and 2 assist while  Breining had 4 goals for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs play host Friday evening to Temperance Bedford

 

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Chelsea’s JV Lacrosse Team Takes Down Belleville

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Chelsea’s Spencer Gobba scores one of his 8 goals on the night

Wednesday afternoon the Belleville Tigers came into Chelsea looking to take a bite of the Chelsea Bulldogs Junior Varsity team. But the Bulldogs had other plans and they attacked first, quickly, and often putting up several quick goals to take a 5-3 lead in the first quarter. Sophomore Spencer Gobba had the hat trick in the first quarter and he wasn’t about to stop there.

In the 2nd, Belleville fought back hard behind Lazar’s hat trick and limited Chelsea’s scoring to go into the half only trailing by one. In the third both teams exchanged goals and entered the 4th with the Bulldogs leading by 2. The Bulldogs poured it on in the 4th quarter and opened up their lead making the game a little more comfortable for Chelsea netminder Freshman Anthony Gervais who made several great saves on the night to keep his team out in front.

Chelsea finished the night with a huge 17-12 victory led by Gobba’s 8 goals and 2 assist. Sophomore Max Gervais had 3 goals and an assist. Also contributing to the scoring cause was Jarod Felton with a pair of goals. Doug Zarinnia, Brady Fleszar, and Sam Peterson helped with a goal scored apiece.

Belleville was led in scoring by Campbell, Copeland, and Lazar with 3 goals each.

The Bulldogs next action  is Friday at home against Temperance Bedford.

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Chelsea Star Defensive End Announces College Commitment

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Chelsea’s Trevor Kingsley with Head Coach Brad Bush  

Surrounded by friends, family, and coaches, Chelsea footballs all-conference defensive end Trevor Kingsley announced Monday his commitment to continue his education and football career at Trine University. Trine, formerly known as Tri-State University, is a private non-profit post-secondary institution located in Angola, Indiana.

Trevor visited many colleges and had several offers for football but after visiting Trine he knew that was the place for him. “Trine made me feel so welcome I quickly bonded with some players there and I instantly fell in love with the area around campus,” Trevor stated. “Also, the academic side of it all felt right for me.”

Trevor was a big part of the Chelsea Bulldogs defense that helped the team got to the Division 3 state championships in 2015. He started at defensive end in every game and made several spectacular plays during the season. He also started for the Chelsea basketball team.

Trevor visited and considered other colleges, some closer to home, but he says he was “blown away by Trine because of the kindness  and how the faculty there was passionate about getting you a job right after you’re done.”

Trevor will play defensive end for Head Coach Troy Abbs Thunder and he hopes to get playing time as a freshman. “It all depends on how I do and develop during training camp,” Trevor stated about freshman playing time. “I’m hoping to get out on the field and play and show them what I can do and help out the team.”

Angola isn’t too far away but Trevor says, “It will feel weird not being at home in Chelsea or even very close and I will miss everyone but I feel like I’m ready to be on my own and handle myself away from home.”

Trevor’s mom Edie Huffman expresses the same sentiment. “It’s sad to see him graduating and leaving home and I’m really going to miss him but at the same time I’m  so proud of his hard work and dedication to see him earn this opportunity.”

Trevor plans to go into the pre-med program with a physician assistant focus.

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Chelsea Lacrosse Conquers St. Mary’s

 

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Senior Jack Miller slams it home for the Bulldogs

The rains of earlier in the day had left their mark on the Chelsea field but had given way to a crispness in the early evening as Chelsea Lacrosse played host to Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central.  It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to strike first as Senior Ethan French blasted the ball past the SMCC netminder. Sean Cox scored to put the Bulldogs up by 2 but SMCC’s Austin Berger cut the lead in half with a goal of his own. Jack Miller scored shortly thereafter to increase the Chelsea lead.

With SMCC down in the second 4-1, it was Berger again scoring on the man advantage. But after that the Chelsea defense said “no more”. They piled on two goals while Chelsea netminder Josh Ciaccio made several great saves to help take Chelsea into the half with a 6-2 lead.

After the break, the Bulldogs expanded the lead more taking advantage of many odd man situations. In the 4th, Chelsea took advantage of SMCC’s Berger being off for 3 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and increased their lead to 9-2. The unsportsmanlike was just one of many penalties for SMCC on the night as they played a very chippy, physical game.

At about the 10-minute mark in the 4th quarter  with the Bulldogs up 9-2  lightning flashed in the Western sky, which had grown dark as a predicted storm was ready to roll through. MHSAA rules call for a 30-minute delay from the time of each flash of lightning. Both teams left the field, the Bulldogs retreating to the safety of their locker room, SMCC to their bus. Chelsea had offered the use of the visitors locker room to SMCC but for some reason, they declined.

It wasn’t too long after the lightning strike that the heavens opened up and released a cold rain on an already chilly night sending spectators to seek shelter and wait out the storm. Shortly after 9 o’clock, with another flash of lightning, the game was called on account of weather and time making the Chelsea the 9-2 victor.

Ethan French, Ryan Hein, and Jack Miller each had two goals on the night while Cam Breining, Sean Cox, and Alec Daman each helped with solo goals of their own. Cox and Hein had 2 assist each while French had a helper also.

The Bulldogs travel to Ann Arbor Pioneer for a Monday night game with the varsity beginning at 7.

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Jacobusse scores 5 goals as Chelsea Soccer Takes Down Lincoln

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Jesse Jacobusse scores one of her 5 goals on the night for Chelsea

The rain finally subsided Thursday but left the field very wet and slippery for the Chelsea soccer team as they played host to Lincoln. The Railsplitters were coming into the game off a big shutout over Tecumseh. After a Chelsea JV 8-0 mercy victory over the young Lincoln team, it was time for the varsity action to begin.

Both teams started a bit slow as they adjusted to the field conditions. But it was Lincoln striking first at the 26-minute mark as Senior Alexis Blackburn was able to get the ball over the head of Chelsea netminder Natalia McElrath on Lincoln’s first shot of the game. Chelsea tightened up on defense creating several turnovers which led to many chances on goal. At about the 14-minute mark the defense caused a big turnover which led to Junior Jesse Jacobusse getting a great shot to get behind Lincoln Senior goalie Sabrina “Brina” Dennis.  11 minutes later it was Jacobusse again getting the ball into the Lincoln net on Chelsea’s 8th shot of the half for a 2 to 1 lead which the Bulldogs took into the break.

Coming out in the second half the Bulldog defense clamped down hard not allowing Lincoln any opportunities at all. It was Jacobusse again with the goal at the 26:58 mark giving her the hat trick for the night. Shortly thereafter it was all Jacobusse with her 4th & 5th goals of the night raising the score where it would finish 5-1. Jacobusse, a senior multi-sport player was on fire for the whole game and just couldn’t be stopped! Sophomore Alex Quintana & Freshman Natalie Gofton each had one assist on the night. The Bulldog defense was outstanding forcing turnovers, creating opportunities for Jacobusse to score her goals, and keeping the Railsplitters without a shot in the second half. Chelsea finished the night with 16 shots on net.

The Bulldogs next game is Tuesday at home versus Ypsilanti with varsity taking the field at 5:30.

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Chelsea Baseball Falls To Tecumseh

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Senior Collin Steinhauer Pitches for the Bulldogs

On a beautiful Spring afternoon the 2-5 Chelsea baseball team played host to the 5-3 Tecumseh Indians. Senior Collin Steinhauer started on the mound for the Bulldogs and he set down the first batter he faced with 3 straight strikes. But the Indians took advantage of a few miscues and quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead. Chelsea answered back at the bottom of the inning when Thomas Steele reached first on a single and was able to advance and eventually score on a fielders choice.

Neither team would score again until the third when Tecumseh had 6 hits which led to 3 more runs. Evan Hafley then took the mound for the Bulldogs and kept the Indians off the board but then the Indians added 3 more runs off 5 hits in the 5th inning to take a 9-1 lead. Try as they might the Chelsea bats just couldn’t get anything going.

Senior Matt Kimball finished the game on the mound for the Bulldogs and kept the Indians off the board. With a few minor substitutions in the bottom of the 7th the Bulldogs were able to get some base runners but were not able to take advantage.

Aaron Luci pitched the entire game for the Indians and finished with a 9-1 victory while only allowing 1 run on 2 hits and had 3 strikeouts while giving up 5 walks. Tecumseh host Onsted on Friday.

Chelsea’s only hits of the game came from Steele and Jake Rhodes who had a double. The 2-6 Bulldogs look to get back on the winning track at a quad meet this Saturday at home on Field 3 at 10 a.m.

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