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Jackson High’s Taylor Johnson Commits To College


Taylor Johnson goes up for a shot against Chelsea

The first thing you notice when you see Taylor Johnson on the basketball court is her height, as she towers over most of the other competitors. The other thing you notice right away about  Johnson, who stands 6 feet tall, is her positive energy and constant hustle on the court. And she’s bringing that energy to Jackson College as she has committed to play basketball there for Head Coach Heather Brown.

“I’m really excited to play at Jackson college,” said Johnson. “I had several other offers but I love the coach and I feel she will be able to prepare me for my last two years of college.”

And after talking to Johnson, who graduated from Jackson High School after attending Jackson Christian for her first two years of High School, you will see that her faith is very important to her. She credits God for putting her on the path she is on.

“I feel God is leading me to Jackson College and that is part of his grand plan,” Johnson proudly proclaimed. “God is a big part of my life and if it weren’t for him I’m not sure where I’d be.”

Johnson, who has been playing basketball since as long as she remembers, can’t wait to play center for her new coach.She has met and got to play with a few of her new teammates  and is looking forward to entering this season with some new good friends.

Johnson, who enjoys cleaning, watching netflix, singing, and obviously playing hoops, plans to study something along the lines of psychology and social work. “I want to work with at-risk kids in a type of mentoring program,” Johnson said.”I really want to be able to make a difference in kids lives, showing them that they are special and loved, not only by me but by God as well.”

Johnson will miss playing travel ball and for Jackson High and will miss the people she met and friendships she made there but she now enters a new chapter in her life as she will be enrolled for Fall classes.

“I’m really optimistic about my new team and school,” said Johnson. ” I know it’s going to be a big change from what I am used to but I have the grace of God leading me as well as a strong support system of my family and friends.”

Johnson is the daughter of Brent and Kim Johnson. She has an older sister Brittany and a younger brother Ben who plays basketball for Jackson Christian School.


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Chelsea Hires New Boys Head Basketball Coach


Head Coach Josh Tropea celebrates his team’s victory in the 2016 season

Chelsea’s Josh Tropea has been a winner everywhere he goes and has a knack for turning basketball programs around. He showed that when he took Milan from a 2 win season before he took over and turned then into Class B State Champions in 2014, in just 5 short years. He has been Chelsea’s head coach the last two seasons and he took over a struggling 3 win program and got them tied for second place in the SEC White Division in this last season, with a 16-6 record, the Bulldogs best in 9 years. But now he has decided it’s time to move up and he recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Spring Arbor University. He will still remain a special education teacher at Beach Middle School in Chelsea.

On Wednesday morning, Chelsea Athletic Director Brad Bush announced the promotion of Mark Moundros as Tropea’s replacement. Moundros has served as an assistant with the boys program for four years and is also a teacher at Chelsea High School.

“We are excited to keep the continuity of the program moving forward,” Bush said in an email. “Mark has great respect amongst the students and staff. He will do a great job continuing to move our program forward.”

Tropea leaves Chelsea in a good position with 8 players returning for their senior season and 6 with 3-year varsity experience. Not to mention he is leaving them in good hands with Moundros and all the great memories, advice, and experience Tropea has taught the players.

Now Tropea will  get a chance to prove his worth in the college coaching world while working under Spring Arbor coach Ryan Cottingham.

Spring Arbor is coming off an 8-22 season during which it won two of 18 games in the Division II Crossroads League of the NAIA. The program last had a winning record in 2012-13 when it went 23-12 overall

“We are adding one of the top coaches in the state to our staff,” Cottingham said in a press release. “He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the game, and he is committed to impacting lives.

“Josh is a ‘basketball junkie’ with contagious energy and a drive to excel. He makes an outstanding staff even better, and I am blessed to be surrounded by such an incredible group of individuals.”

The Cougars open the 2016-17 season Oct. 28 at the Crossroads League/WHAC Challenge at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.

We here at SEMS wish coach Tropea all the best in his new venture and thank him for the hard work he did at Chelsea.

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Southeast Michigan Sports Network Chosen To Cover College Football’s Biggest Event


On September 10, 2016, Bristol Motor Speedway will transform its iconic short track into a world-class football stadium for the inaugural Battle at Bristol, College Football’s Biggest EVER, featuring a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers. The big showdown is expected to shatter all college football attendance records by hosting 160,000 fans!

Depending on exactly where you stand in the twin city of Bristol, you might be in Tennessee or Virginia. About 110 miles to the West is Knoxville and the University of Tennessee. About 125 miles to the East is Blacksburg and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech.

The Volunteers initially started playing football in 1891. The Hokies took to the gridiron just one year later. However, despite their pigskin history and shared border, the schools have only played each other eight times — first in 1896, last in 2009 at the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Vols lead the all-time series 5-3.

However, the ninth installment could be what transforms Tennessee-Virginia Tech into a legitimate rivalry. Bristol Motor Speedway, a half-mile racetrack and the self-proclaimed “last great colosseum” on the NASCAR circuit, will transform into a monster football stadium. With a capacity of about 150,000 and even more auxiliary seating in the works, the crowd is expected to be in the neighborhood of 160,000 for the game.

And I am very proud to announce that after months of applying for credentials and going through many lengthy secure processes that Southeast Michigan Sports (SEMS) has been selected as one of the media outlets to cover the game with full press and photo credentials!

There are many student-athletes representing both teams from the state of Michigan and nearby Ohio and also many coaches including Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones. This is a great opportunity for SEMS.

SEMS has covered many big games in the past including Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers games and many high school football games as well as other sports. Follow us to see all our coverage leading up to the big game and beyond.