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Chelsea Football​ Looking to Finish

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Chelsea Senior Quarterback Jack Bush looks to lead his Bulldogs to the state championship game again 

Chelsea sports teams will take on anyone, anywhere, anytime. They don’t care how much bigger the school is or better the team is, they will take them on. It gives them a good measuring stick of just how good their own teams are. And that is what the Bulldogs football team has been doing the last few weeks as they have been competing against many other teams in 7 on 7 scrimmages with the “skill” players on the team. Most of the teams they’ve been competing against were playoff teams last year as well as some of the top teams in their respective conferences and areas. And the Bulldogs welcomed them all at Jerry Niehaus Field.

The Bulldogs are led by Senior Quarterback Jack Bush who helped lead his team to the state championship game  last season at Ford Field in Detroit. Bush looked sharp in the scrimmages using his excellent field vision and quick decision-making ability making some very excellent passes to his bevy of receivers. His short passes are placed on the money and quick and his deep passes are on the mark and crisp.

The Bulldogs receivers feature some of the fastest young men in the area. Senior Chris Roush showed off his speed, hands, and route-running skills catching about everything that came his way. Seniors Al Vasquez and Travis Frazier, lining up at the Tight End position, showed off their skills and size. Bryce Jubenville, who has not played football since his freshman year, showed no signs of it as he made several highlight reel catches. There are many great offensive players including Mikal Nelson, Gus Reynolds, Thomas Steele (who also backs up Bush at QB), and Jared Hansen.

“I’m shaking off the rust,” said Jubenville. “It’s been a long time since I’ve played but it feels good to be back on the field with the team.”

One notable player who plays both sides of the ball is Senior Cam Cooper who has been listed as one of the top players in Michigan to watch this season. Cooper made several great catches on offense and broke up many passes on defense including making several outstanding interceptions.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team,” Cooper stated. “We didn’t win it all last year but we’re hungry, we were there. We want to go back and get it all. We have a lot of speed and some great lineman this season. We’re going to compete and finish!”

Also on the defensive side of the ball are Senior linebacker Drew Anstead who has shown off his speed and strength. Senior Lawrence Buckley has played outstanding at cornerback locking down everyone that comes near him and has made several big pass breakups and interceptions.  Senior Cole Septer has played outstanding too. Septer has a great read on the ball and is know for his hard hitting.

This team is deep with talent at every position and has a lot of great young talent waiting to help when the time arrives. They have a great coaching staff that recognizes these are student-athletes and coaches them on the field as well as off. Although Chelsea has a tough schedule, starting at Wayne State against a very tough state champion runner-up team, River Rouge, the coaches will have the team prepared and ready for the season and hopefully get them back to Ford Field where they can finish!

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Large Turnout In Support Of Young Cancer Patient

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Chelsea Student and Cheerleader Lindsey Atkinson Smiles Bravely At Jet’s Pizza Fundraiser

It’s always been said that the city of Chelsea takes care of Chelsea. And at the Jet’s Pizza tonight that was proven as they offered 10% of their sales to 15-year-old Lindsey Atkinson. Lindsey was diagnosed in April with Osteosarcoma, a very rare bone  cancer which affects only 20,000 people in the USA a year and is most prevalent in children and young adults. And Jet’s was packed wall to wall inside with people lined up outside waiting to get in to show their support for this amazing young lady!

The Chelsea Middle School and High School Cheer teams lined up in front of the restaurant doing cheers and holding signs in support of their fellow teammate and trying to get as many people as they could to stop in. Lindsey sat in her wheelchair in a corner of the restaurant near her family and friends with her left leg up in a cast and was greeted warmly all evening by all kinds of supporters giving her hugs and offering well wishes. Lindsey has been going through many bouts of chemotherapy and has had many drains in her leg. She was noticeably tired from the horrific ordeal she has bravely endured but she wore a big, beautiful smile all evening.

The Jet’s wait staff was kept very busy with all the food and drink orders coming in but there were no signs of any letdown as they warmly greeted everyone and although very busy, made sure everything was just perfect for the customers as always. As soon as one person got up it seemed two more would sit down. But it was all for a great cause. And it was great of Jet’s to step to the plate.

Lindsey is not out of the woods yet as she has to go in on the 20th of this month for more chemo. Although she doesn’t like it and it makes her sick and irritable she understands it has to be done and she doesn’t complain. Her eyes may appear tired but she has “vowed to never give up and will fight this ordeal and win,” she says.

“That’s my girl and I’d do and give anything to switch places with her,” Lindsey’s father Brian stated. “You hate to see any kid suffer but especially your own. it’s so hard. But we know things will work out for her.”

As well as the 10% Jets was donating they had bowls for people to deposit donations into and there were kids putting in their saved up change and others putting in much, much more. Even after the festivities ended there were still people coming in to donate.

“I am overwhelmed by the turnout,” Lindsey said as she tried not be emotional. “I can’t thank people enough for all their help. This is why I love Chelsea so much.”

Chelsea takes care of Chelsea. And tonight they took care of Lindsey Atkinson!

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Chelsea’s Lindsey Atkinson Staying Strong

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Lindsey as a freshman on the cheer team 

Lindsey Atkinson is just a regular teenager just like any other. She spends lots of time hanging out with her friends, her family, and on social media. But unfortunately Lindsey has had to spend lots of time too in places she would rather not be, like in hospitals.

Lindsey had knee surgery in April and they removed a tumor from the 15-year-old and biopsied it and it came back positive with Osteosarcoma, which is a very rare bone  cancer which affects about only 20,000 people in the USA a year! It is most prevalent in children and young adults.

After receiving the devastating news Lindsey didn’t get upset or give up. She got tough. She has had to undergo several chemo treatments and spend most of her spring and summer in the hospital. She has handled the journey very well except for a few days where she really was homesick, which for a teen struggling through this is understandable.

The whole Chelsea community has backed her selling yellow “Stay Strong Lindsey” bracelets and on Monday, July 11, Jet’s Pizza in Chelsea is donating 10% of all dine-in orders between 5-8 P.M. to Lindsey’s family to help offset some of the extreme cost of the medical treatments she has been receiving and to help with anything else she may need. Jet’s is located north of the clock tower in Chelsea at 506 N.Main St. Also, donations may be mailed in Lindsey’s name to P.O. Box 611 in Chelsea, 48118.

“It’s been really tough,” Lindsey stated. “I’m doing ok, it’s just hard for me to get around. I am very appreciative of all the people that have stood behind me and supported me, it means a lot to me and it helps me out even more than people know.”

While others were lighting fireworks, having fun on the lakes and having picnics Lindsey was up in the hospital with 2 drains in her leg. They pulled them and she got to go home and she has one long scar to show for it. But the soon to be Sophomore never complains about it. She understands and refuses to give in.

“I’ll probably miss most of the school year, at least half this year, but I plan on getting back and getting back on the sideline cheer team and cheering again for our Bulldogs,” Lindsey proudly exclaimed. “I used to figure skate and was going to be a varsity tennis player but who knows what I’ll be able to do with my new leg, I might not be able to do any of those things. But I’m going to do my best to recover through all this and try!”

Lindsey is the daughter of Brian and Patty Atkinson of Chelsea and has one brother, Jared.

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