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Chelsea Track Makes History At Regionals

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Chelsea Boys And Girls Pose After  Their Triumph

The morning clouds broke way at the Monroe Jefferson High School as the Division 2 Regional 13 Track and Field regional got under way. The sun came out and started to warm things up but that wasn’t all that got heated up as the Chelsea Bulldogs Boys and Girls teams scorched their way into the history books. For the first time ever in Chelsea school history both teams took first place!

The boys put on a dominating performance as all their relay teams took first place and Senior Bailey Edwards, who will be playing football at Central Michigan University in the fall, won the 100 and 200 meter runs with times of 10.98 and 21.91 respectively. In the 400 it was Junior Christopher Roush taking first with a time of 51.10 while edging his teammate Junior Lawrence Buckley by 7/10 of a second.

Tom Oates took 2nd in the 1600 with a time of 4:24.6 and Noah Van Reesema jumped his way to victory in the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 14:74 and 38.45. Also qualifying for states for the boys were Brian O’Toole in the pole vault with a 11 feet 9 inch vault, and Elijah Dobos with an 11 feet 3 inch jump.

In the relays, it was all Chelsea all day as they took first in every relay which is almost unheard of in track. In the 4 x 100 it was a team of Cam Cooper, Ryan Stasiak, Zach Skogheim, and Edwards finishing with a time of 43:78. The 4 x 200 team of Cooper, Skogheim, Buckley, & Edwards finished with a time of 1:29.72. The 4 x 400 team of Van Reesema, Roush, Buckley, and Skogheim had a time of 3:27.14 and in the 4 x 800 the team  of Campbell Fahle, Lian Heaney, Connor Gilbreath, and Tom Oates had a great time of 8:20.67.

“Chelsea track has been leaving a legacy these past 3 years and I’m very proud that we are able to continue that legacy as we compete at states this year, Senior Captain Zach Skogheim proudly stated. “We have a very well-rounded team that helps us score points across the board even when it’s not first place which has been a huge help in our success. We have had our eyes set on the state meet all year and I’m very excited to see what comes from it.”

For the girls, the  team competed against 14 other schools and scored 104.5 points, while the next scoring team, Adrian, scored 70 points. They had 11 athletes earn State Qualifying status in 8 events and 13 athletes were involved in scoring at the Regional Meet.

“I want to say thank you to all the athletes, coaches, parents, and spectators in their support of these fine young men and women,” Coach Loren Thorburn said. “There were lots of special moments and memories during the day. I know there are a few athletes who did place in the meet or who did not achieve State Qualifying status; however, we came together as a team and supported each other through it. Thank you!”
State Qualifiers for the girls are as follows:

Hannah Almhiemid in 100m hurdles – Regional Runner-Up (Her time [15.79] is the 5th fastest time in Chelsea history.)

Jenna Gileczek in Pole Vault – Regional Runner-Up (Her jump [9’1″] is the 7th highest jump in school history.)

Allison Hughes in 4x800m Relay

Jesse Jacobusse in the 4x800m & 1600m – Regional Runner-Up (Her time [5:17.02] is the 5th fastest time in school history.)

Ailish Joyce in the 4x400m Relay

Kaehla Manly in the 4x400m Relay & 300m hurdles – Regional Champion (Her time [47.47] is the 6th fastest time in school history.)
Sydney Matusik in the 4x400m Relay & 400m dash (Her time [59.34] is the 4th fastest in school history.)
Laney Miller in the 4x400m Relay
Christine Schultz in the Pole Vault – Regional Champion (One of her earlier vaults  this year [11′] earned her a tie with 2nd place all-time highest jump in school history.)
Jacqueline Taylor in the 4x800m Relay
Karana Wickens in the 4x800m Relay & 3200m (Her time [11:39.48] is the 5th fastest in school history.)
Other members who scored points at the Regional Meet include Emily Morales (4×100 Relay – 5th) and Rachel Valek (Shot Put – 7th).
“I’m just very proud of all the work everyone has done throughout the season to get this far. Everyone deserves it,” hurdler Hannah Almhiemid stated.
The Chelsea athletes will travel to Zeeland High School on Saturday, June 4th to finish what they’ve started. The team is excited to go and are not just about themselves but about their school and community.
“It’s such an honor to be on a team filled with extremely talented people. Every single athlete has contributed to our wins,” Sophomore Kaehla Manly said. “We’ve had such a great season and it’s accomplishing to know that our hard work has paid off. We have one last place to check off from our season; States. So let’s give it 110% and make Chelsea proud!”

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Chelsea Girls Track Dominate Stockbridge Invitational


The Chelsea Bulldogs girls track team competed Friday at the Stockbridge Invitational and came away with the big victory with a total of 113 points. Lily Francisco reached the shotput finals and placed 4th with a throw of  93″ 8″ in the discus. Other highlights included the girls 4×400 relay team of Matusik, Manly, Miller, & Joyce placing 4th with a time of 4:18.8. Karana Wickens & Allison Hughes placed 2nd & 3rd in their events with times of 11:54.1 & 12:06.1 respectively. Sydney Matusik took 5th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 63.5

Other highlights include Laney Miller taking 3 in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.7 and Jesse Jacobusse taking first in the 1600 with a time of 5:22.1 and 2nd in the 800 with a time of 2:24. Christine Schultz took 1stin the pole vault with a height of 9’6″ & Jenna Gileczek placed 2nd with a height of 9 feet. Hannah Almhiemid placed first  in the 100 with a time of 16.07 and also helped the 4x200m relay take 2nd with her teammates of Schultz,  Manly, and Matusik. The Bulldogs next meet is Friday at the SEC Championship at Tecumseh.

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Chelsea Soccer Edged By Huron


Chelsea’s Kaye Nelson Makes A Break To The Goal

There’s not much worse than playing soccer when it’s 40 degrees out except when it’s played on a slippery, soggy field. But that’s what the Chelsea Bulldogs did Wednesday night as they played host to the Huron River Rats. It was a very defensive game from the start as Chelsea was unable to break into the Rats zone and get anything going. But less than 6 minutes in it was the Bulldog senior Kaye Nelson breaking through the Rats defense assisted by her teams great defense to put the ball past the Rats netminder and give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead.

The score would remain that until halftime as the Rats kept most of the play in the Chelsea end getting several good scoring opportunities but Junior netminder Natasha McElrath kept them blanked with stellar play.

In the 2nd half about 8 minutes in the Rats finally got a lucky break and scored the tying goal. It would remain tied throughout the second half as McElrath kept making great save after save.

Throughout the half and in spite of some very questionable calls it remained tied as both teams played tight defense. With only about 11 minutes left in the  game though the Rats scored again to take their first lead of the game. Try as they might though Chelsea could never get a good enough chance to score the equalizer. With a minute left to go in the game, Nelson set up Junior Jesse Jacobusse who had a fast break opportunity as she flew past the defenders to the goal but the team was called for a very questionable offside thwarting the Bulldogs last great opportunity.

The Rats would take a 2-1 victory home with them. Chelsea finished with only 2 shots on goal for the night, the Rats 18. Chelsea is off until Tuesday when they will host Tecumseh.

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State Champion Bowler Brianna Fish Signs College Letter Of Intent




State Champion Bowler Brianna Fish signs letter of intent to Huntington University


On Saturday, April 30th surrounded by family and coaches, Vandercook Lake Hgh School Senior and Division 4 State Singles Bowling Champion Brianna Fish signed her Letter of Intent to bowl at Huntington University in the Fall. Huntington, located just south of Fort Wayne Indiana, is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic areas. It is affiliated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. And the Foresters, as they are called, are known to have a great bowling team.

Brianna, who has been bowling for 4 years, has been a part of 2 state champion bowling teams as well as being named the Division 4 State Singles Champion this past year.

“It was so much pressure and really nerve-wracking,” Brianna said about bowling in the final which got her the state championship. “But I felt so calm as I knew it was happening, it was unbelievable. When I first started bowling  I never thought (state champion) was possible. I’ve come a long way in 4 years. I’m just super happy that I’ve accomplished so much.”

Brianna contributes much of her skill to her High School coach Todd Reichard. She says “he has helped her develop as a better bowler and was a big influence on her and her team as well.”

Brianna joins a long list of great bowlers from Vandercook Lake joining other state champions Dee Dee Briggs, Nicole Crabtree, and Malloree Ambs. Brianna’s best memory from her years of bowling was  making new friends and winning team and individual states.

Brianna, who is a very involved student and is the top student in her graduating class,  will attend Huntington in the fall where she will be doing a double major in social work and psychology, as well as bowling for her new Head Coach Jim Bischoff.  She chose Huntington because “She likes the people, they’re influential, interactive, and they know what they’re talking about. They’re very knowledgeable in their areas. There are a lot of opportunities in the social work field in that area. The bowling coach is super nice and I think he had me before my senior year even started. But I needed to look for a school and not just bowling. The school will be super beneficial for me and bowling in college with an amazing coach will just add on to the whole experience!

Brianna is the daughter of Joe and Tara Fish. Her father Joe was an outstanding scholar-athlete for the University of Michigan’s wrestling team and also is the owner of Twisted Ink Tattoo Shop in Vandercook Lake. Her younger sister Kayla attends Grass Lake High School where she bowls for the Warriors varsity team.

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