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Chelsea Swimming’s Kurt Jolly Announces College Commitment

 

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Chelsea’s Kurt Jolly signs on the dotted line to swim at Albion

Record-setting Chelsea swimmer Kurt Jolly announced his commitment on Thursday to continue his fantastic career at Albion College. Jolly finished his swimming career at Chelsea in excellent fashion, etching his name in the record books for the Bulldogs.

Jolly, the son of Dave and Joni Jolly,  has been swimming competitively since he was 10 years old. His favorite strokes are the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke because those are the first events he ever placed in at states.

Jolly, who will major in Biology or Pre-Med,  chose the Britons of Albion over several other colleges including Calvin, Grand Valley, and Kenyon. Albion made it clear and obvious from the get-go they really wanted him there. It should be a smooth transition for him because he knows a lot of other guys from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) where he has competed so he will have many peers on his new team. Also, Albion is ranked twelfth in the nation so he will be competing on a great team.

Jolly’s dad David, the head coach of Chelsea swim for the last 29 years,  has been his son’s coach for many years. “It’s going to be a big transition for me,” the younger Jolly stated. “It will be a big change competing for a different coach. I know I’ll adjust but I think I’m going to miss it. It will be different though not being coached at home.”

“It has been very unique coaching my son for the last 8 years.” Head Coach Jolly said. “It’s a very tough situation to be in, coaching your own child. Many people wouldn’t understand. But it has been great the last 8 years watching my son go from a boy and transforming into a young man in many ways. Coaching my son has been one of the greatest honors in my life and I’m looking forward to the fun of watching him compete, not as a coach, but as a father.”

“I really can’t express enough how grateful I am for all the encouragement from the Chelsea community and the school,” Kurt Jolly said.  “I am so thankful for all my friends, family, teachers, anyone that has helped me grow and encouraged me in my swimming career. I’m really excited for this next phase in my life.”

 

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Kurt with his dad David Jolly, as they watch the Chelsea girls water polo team who his Junior sister Melissa plays on. 

 

 

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MHSAA 2017-18 School Year Classifications Announced

EAST LANSING, Mich. – March 27 – Classifications for Michigan High School Athletic Association elections and postseason tournaments in traditionally classified sports (A, B, C, D) for the 2017-18 school year have been announced, with enrollment breaks for postseason tournaments set up by divisions posted to each sport’s page on the MHSAA Website.

Classifications for the upcoming school year are based on a second semester count date, which for MHSAA purposes was Feb. 8. The enrollment figure submitted for athletic classification purposes may be different from the count submitted for school aid purposes, as it does not include students ineligible for athletic competition because they reached their 19th birthday prior to September 1 of the current school year and will not include alternative education students if none are allowed athletic eligibility by the local school district.

After all counts are submitted, tournament-qualified member schools are ranked according to enrollment, and then split as closely into quarters as possible. For 2017-18, there are 750 tournament-qualified member schools with 186 schools in Class A, 187 schools in Class B, 188 schools in Class C and 189 schools in Class D.

Effective with the 2017-18 school year, schools with 881 or more students are in Class A in MHSAA postseason tournament competition. The enrollment limits for Class B are 406-880; Class C is 204-405; and schools with enrollments of 203 and fewer are Class D. The break between Classes A and B is the same as for 2016-17, the break between Classes B and C decreased six students, and the break between Classes C and D is three students fewer than the current school year.

The new classification breaks will see 20 schools move up in class for 2017-18, while 25 schools will move down.

Schools recently were notified of their classification. MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts said schools may not subsequently lower their enrollment figure. However, if revised enrollment figures should be higher and indicate that a school should be playing in a higher class, that school would be moved up.

Schools have the option to play at any higher classification for a minimum of two years, but must exercise the option by April 15 for fall sports, August 15 for winter sports and October 15 for spring sports.

MHSAA tournament sports that will be conducted in traditional classifications for 2017-18 are Basketball and Girls Volleyball. Football will use traditional classifications to determine playoff points.

Sports which will compete in nearly equal divisions are: Baseball, Bowling, Girls Competitive Cheer, Lower Peninsula Cross Country, Lower Peninsula Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Lower Peninsula Soccer, Skiing, Softball, Lower Peninsula Swimming & Diving, Lower Peninsula Tennis, Lower Peninsula Track & Field and Wrestling.

Here is a complete list of schools changing classification for 2017-18. (Note: This list does not include schools opting up in class/division for tournaments, which can be found on the Administrators page of the MHSAA Website, under Enrollment and Classification): 

Moving Up From Class B to Class A

Battle Creek Harper Creek

Hazel Park

Redford Union

Stevensville Lakeshore

Zeeland West

 

Moving Down From Class A to Class B

New Boston Huron

Niles

Parma Western

Pontiac

Romulus

 

Moving Down from Class A to Class C

Detroit International Academy

 

Moving Up From Class C to Class B

Boyne City

Detroit Cornerstone Health & Technology

Detroit West Side Academy

Ecorse

Harrison

Jonesville

Michigan Center

Millington

 

Moving Down From Class B to Class C

Canton Preparatory

Clinton Township Clintondale

Detroit Henry Ford

Detroit School of Arts

Flint Academy West

Houghton

Ithaca

Pinconning

Sanford Meridian Early College

Ypsilanti Arbor Prep

 

Moving Up From Class D to Class C

Brighton Charyl Stockwell Prep Academy

Detroit Leadership Academy

Detroit Public Safety Academy

Jackson Preparatory & Early College

Marcellus

Mendon

Pittsford

Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary

 

Moving Down From Class C to Class D

Detroit Randolph Technical

Genesee

Kingston

Melvindale Academy for Business & Technology

Munising

Muskegon Heights Academy

Rudyard

West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy

 

New Postseason Eligible Tournament Schools in 2017-18

Ann Arbor Washtenaw Tech Middle College

Detroit Leadership Academy

Detroit Hope of Detroit

Hudsonville Libertas Christian

Mancelona North Central Academy

Westland American International Academy

 

Enrollment Breaks by Classes – 2017-18

(Number of schools in parentheses)

Class A: 881 and above (186 schools)

Class B: 406 – 880 (187)

Class C: 204 – 405 (188)

Class D: 203 and below (189)

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Chelsea Kicks Off 2017 Lacrosse Season

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Sophomore Sam Peterson Scores in the 3rd Quarter off a pass from Doug Zarinnia

The calendar says it’s Spring but Mother Nature wasn’t paying attention, as on a brisk evening at Jerry Niehaus Field, the Chelsea Bulldogs Lacrosse team kicked off its season by playing host to the Lansing Waverly Warriors.

The Class A Warriors got off to a fast start scoring several goals early on, but the young Bulldogs were not deterred and consistently kept fighting back. Down by several goals, the Bulldogs got their first goal of the game and the regular season as Sophomore Cam Breining took a feed from Senior Nate Bero and buried it in the back of the Warriors goal at the beginning of the second period.

The Warriors, who combine students for their team from Lansing Catholic Central and were Division 1 state runners-up last year, built on their lead and the Bulldogs wouldn’t score again until the third when Sophomore Sam Peterson cut in front of the Warriors goal and beat their netminder for his first goal of the season, and Chelsea’s second of the night. He was assisted on the play by another sophomore, Doug Zarinnia.

That would be the final goal of the night for Chelsea as the very young team fell to the Warriors, 15-2 and were outshot 22 to 4. The Bulldogs hit the road Wednesday for a 7 o’clock game at West Bloomfield High School.

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Williamston Edged In Class B Quarterfinals

 

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Williamston Freshman Mitchell Cook drives the lane in the first

 

The Williamston Hornets had made it to the semi-finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing last year, but this year came up just 1 basket short ending their great season. With the game tied at 51 against the River Rouge Panthers and the clock winding down, it was the Panthers Darian Owens-White hitting a 3 point shot with what would be the go-ahead game-winning basket, edging out the Hornets 54-51.

It was a very good game right from the tip-off. River Rouge came out strong and fast but the Hornets of Williamston didn’t panic and got right back into the game when Sophomore Sean Cobb hit 2 back to back 3-pointers to cut the Panthers lead to 1 after the first.

The Hornets defense was strong in the second giving River Rouge fits and keeping the Hornets within stinging distance. With the score tied at 20, with two and a half minutes left to go in the first half, Junior Cole Kleiver hit a huge 3 -point bucket to give the Hornets their first lead of the game. In front of a huge green and white-clad crowd, the Hornets took a 27-27 tie into the half, something the 25-1 Panthers have not had to deal with all season.

After the half, the Panthers scored early and held the Hornets to just two field goals while outscoring them 13-4 over the first 7:58 of the quarter until a Kleiver layup at the buzzer made it 40-33 entering the fourth.

“I warned them at halftime and said, ‘We really need to win the first four minutes coming out,'” Williamston coach Tom Lewis said. “I just had a feeling they were going to come with a different level. A lot of seniors on the other side of the floor and they did that, we struggled to score, had some messy possessions, they hit some shots … (Owens-White) just killed us with a lot of big baskets.”

In the 4th, the Hornets defense was swarming forcing turnovers and bad shots. The Panthers started to panic as the relentless Hornets fought back and with just over a minute left Cobb drove to the basket for 2 and was fouled. He hit the free throw giving the Hornets a 51-49 lead with time running out. The Panthers were able to tie it up and with the Hornets playing for the last shot, what happened next will be talked about for quite a while.

Freshman Mitchell Cook took a pass and drove the baseline and put up a beautiful underhanded shot that went in as he was knocked hard to the floor. But instead of a Hornet lead, the possibility of a 3-point play, and quite possible certain victory was snatched away as the official called Cook for a charge, even though his defender had never established position and was not set.

It was then that Owens-White hit his 3 point shot and with only 3 seconds left, the Hornets launched a deep 3 as time expired that just missed bringing their excellent season to a very sad end.

The Hornets finish the season with a great 21-5 record. They will graduate 5 seniors but will be bringing back a bevy of young talent.  Kleiver led the Hornets with 21 points, Cobb finished with 17 and 5 rebounds and 2 big blocked shots, while Sy Barnett finished with 11 points. Cook played an outstanding defensive game with 3 steals, 5 assist, and a big shot made in the 3rd to help keep his team in the game.

River Rouge will travel to the Breslin Center in East Lansing where they will take on the 24-2 Ludington Orioles who defeated Lake Fenton tonight.

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Local Girls, Coach, Make Class C All-State Basketball Team

Southeast Michigan Sports would like to congratulate Grass Lake Head Coach Andrea Cabana for receiving second team coach of the year award. Her 17-7 Warriors team made it to the regional championship game where they were defeated in double overtime by a very tough Blissfield team who made it to the state quarterfinals.

Also named as an All-State Honorable Mention was Warrior Gracia Cabana, a 4-year starting varsity guard.  Gracie averaged 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game this year while shooting 73 percent from the free-throw line. She also etched her name in the record books scoring her 1,000th point. Gracie carries a 3.9 GPA and will be attending Spring Arbor University next year.

Also earning All-State Honorable Mention honors was Riley Collins of Manchester. Riley averaged over 18 points a game and shot about 80% from the free throw line. Riley helped the Lady Dutch to two Cascades titles, two district titles, and two state regional appearances during her excellent playing career at Manchester. Riley will be taking her great basketball skills and strong work ethic to Lake Superior State in the fall.

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Chelsea’s Joey Mangner Outstanding Swimmer

Chelsea’s standout senior Joey Mangner has capped a career that’s seen him win two MHSAA championship. s Mangner swam the fastest 50-yard freestyle time in Michigan this winter (20.78 seconds) to win the race at Saturday’s Southeastern Conference White championship meet and was part of three more victories and four school records total to earn the Michigan Army National Guard’s “Performance of the Week.”

Mangner also won the 100 freestyle (46.50) and swam on winning 200 medley (1:35.59) and 400 freestyle (3:12.10) relays as Chelsea finished second to Dexter, the reigning MHSAA champion in Lower Peninsula Division 2. Chelsea is ranked No. 3 in LPD3 and finished third last season, and Mangner has played a significant part in helping the program rise over his four seasons. He’s an eight-time conference champion and as a freshman helped the Bulldogs to their first league title since 1995. He’s an 11-time all-stater, with individual titles in the 50 as a sophomore and as anchor of the medley relay last season. He’s also earned All-America status in both of those events and is part of five Chelsea pool records in addition to the four school bests.

 

“Joey is an extremely gifted young man,” Chelsea Head Coach Dave Jolly said. ” He has the ability to do some of the most amazing things in the water. What is even more special is how humble he has stayed throughout all his acclaim. He is all about his team and watching them all be successful. It has been a true honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to work with him over these past four years.”

“Out biggest rival was Dexter, in conference at least, and we knew they had a lot more depth than us, a lot more people, and we knew it would be hard to compete team-wise and scoring wise,” Mangner said of the league meet. “Going especially into my senior year, with all the other seniors, we wanted to do the best we could. It’s probably one of my favorite meets. At the state meet level, it’s more about being super serious, super on. This (league meet), being at home, knowing the teams close to us, it’s more of a fun meet, for me at least. I was trying to have as much fun as I could have with it and finish off the league as best I could.”

“When I think about last year, there was a lot of pressure on me,” Mangner stated. “I had won the 50 as a sophomore, and coming back my junior year as the defending champ, I had all the pressure. Going into this year, I can’t do anything that isn’t better than last year, and that takes a little weight off my shoulders.”

“It just shows if you just try hard, try your best at something, you can do whatever you want to achieve,” Mangner said on the Chelsea swim team rise in performance. “In the offseason, I didn’t swim as much as other guys did – I still practiced, but I didn’t go to every single meet – so it’s just exciting to be one of the better swimmers to come out of Chelsea.”

“I did water polo all four years as well, and I tried track my sophomore year but I didn’t like that too much, Mangner  stated discussing his Chelsea sports career. “But I like to play pretty much any sport. If basketball season wasn’t the same as swim season, I definitely would’ve given basketball a try, and I also think baseball is fun.”

“It definitely would be fun to win the medley again,” Mangner said discussing his dream finals finish. “Coming back from last year, I’d hopefully love to be the champion in the 50 free. I’m looking at the 100 (free) more so for getting the varsity record; I’m not too worried what place I get in the 100. One of our relays, the 200 or 400 free, we’re going to stack on them and go for a state (LP Division 3) record. For the 50 I’ve tied the D3 record so I would love to get that.”

Mangner intends to swim collegiately next season and likely will choose between Oakland University and University at Buffalo, with a course of study to be determined.

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Chelsea Wins District Championship

 

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Chelsea Bulldogs, 2017 Class B District Champs 

 

Just like their girl counterparts did a week to the day, the Chelsea boys basketball team entered hostile territory and were able to fight and scrap to a come from behind victory over Onsted, 57-45. Unlike the girls who played near Onsted, this game was on Onsted’s home court in front of a mostly purple and white laden crowd.

Both teams were evenly matched and came out strong and matched each other basket to basket. Just as the buzzer sounded before the half ended, Onsted hit a long 2 point shot to take a 29-27 lead going into the break.

The Bulldogs were not fazed as first-year Head Coach Mark Moundros gave his team a good talk at the half and made some great adjustments. Moundros was very strategic in his substitutions all night long, knowing who to match up with and when.

Chelsea came out strong in the third and took an early lead forcing lots of turnovers and crashing the boards at both ends of the court. Chelsea’s Ronnie Buford came through with some big offense and Chelsea never looked back as they kept increasing their lead. Chelsea held Onsted’s team to only two points in the third as they took a 5 point lead into the fourth.

With 4 minutes left to go Onsted’s star player and top scorer Skyler Lipinski picked up his 5th foul on the night and had to watch from the bench as Chelsea skillfully increased its lead. With his last shot of the night, it was Buford putting the exclamation point on the game with a huge slam dunk in front of the huge,  loyal Bulldog student section.

As the clock wound down to zero the Chelsea players cleared the bench and hugged one another & celebrated their district championship, their first in ten years.

“I’m proud of our seniors, they led us all year and they worked hard for this and I’m proud of them,” Chelsea’s coach Moundros stated as he watched his players celebrate and pose for pictures with the trophy.

“This is a great group of players and we worked incredibly hard this last year,” Matt Klink stated. “As a group, we have faced a lot of adversity but like tonight, we always managed to fight and win. This truly is a family.”

All SEC selection Ryan Mitchel who finished the night with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and several steals was just speechless after the game. “I don’t know what to say, I’ve wanted this since I started playing, it’s a heck of a team.”

“All the way back to last year, I remember our first tournament, I thought nothing could top that, but this honestly has me speechless, coming back from last year, to this, we wanted this more than ever and I’m glad I got to get this w with my boys,” Bryce Jubenville said.

“5 of us got pulled up our sophomore year,” said Al Vazquez. “It’s a great group of guys, this feels pretty good, we worked together and it paid off.”

“This was a great team win, we were down 10 early and we knew that we had to wear them out because their bench was a lot thinner than ours,” Jack Bush stated. “We have 10 guys that we rotate and we did just a great job sticking together and not giving up to compete and finish that game.”

“I’d like to thank the community for all its support,” Ben Kaemming, who hit a couple big 3 point shots, said. “As the senior class, the program was not where we wanted it to be as freshman, but we’ve really turned it around, getting our first district championship in ten years.”

“We came into this team our first year 3-17 but we worked it out and trusted the system year in and year out,” a happy Brady Friss stated. “10 years but we got the district title.”

“It’s so great to be on this team,” an elated Ronnie Buford exclaimed. “To come back and beat Adrian who beat us last year, and this, Onsted is a tough team, we started a bit slow but came back strong in the second half. When Ben (Kaemming) hit the 3 to tie the game up, that was the turning point to me, that was a great 3 in the corner, great leadership by Ben.”  Buford led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Chelsea gets the weekend to rest up then travels to Milan to take on River Rouge Monday at 5:30 P.M.

 

 

 

 

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