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Ohio State-Indiana Football Game Preview

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It’s been 35 years since the Indiana Hoosiers have begun the season with a Conference matchup and it is the first team in history the Ohio State Buckeyes open the season in Bloomington. It’s been 29 years since the Hoosiers have beaten the Buckeyes but the ever optimistic Hoosiers are hoping to snap that streak tonight before a National audience on ESPN.

The Hoosiers are led by Senior Quarterback Richard Lagow and are being led into battle by Hoosier first year coach Tom Allen. This game is dripping with several compelling storylines. Allen replaces Kevin Wilson who is now the Offensive Coordinator for the Buckeyes. Mike Hart, University of Michigan, is now the Hoosiers running back coach. And we all know how Buckeyes feel about “that team up north”, players past or present.

Buckeyes Head Coach Urban Meyer has only 6 losses total in his career at OSU. In fact, his Buckeyes team lead all FBS teams in wins on opening day. Although the Buckeyes lost several great players to the NFL Draft and to graduation, they always are able to reload their team with top tier players.

Malik Hook, defensive back, is gone but stepping up is Daman Webb, a senior out of Detroit Cass Tech High School. Other Michiganders looking to make their mark today are sophomore running back Mike Weber who gained over 1,000 yards last year who graduated from Cass Tech also. His High School teammate Joshua Alabi will be pushing bodies up front with his solid 300-pound frame.  Sophomore Offensive lineman  Michael Jordan out of Canton will be looking to get some action also today.

The Buckeyes are strong on defense and have much depth and can roll bodies in and out and terrorize you with different schemes at any time. Their depth will be too much for the Hoosiers today.

Ohio State 45 Indiana 16

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Chelsea Opens Season With Big Win In Milan

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Chelsea’s Arraon McDaniels breaks the plane for the score

A crispness was in the air on a late summer evening in Milan as a huge crowd turned out to watch one of the most anticipated first games of the high school football season. The Big Red played host to the Chelsea Bulldogs with both teams coming off big seasons last year.

Chelsea won the coin toss and deferred until the second half and the Big Red started their season deep in their own territory and their first drive ended quickly in a 3 and out as the Chelsea defense stood strong in the trenches. Chelsea took over off the punt and moved the ball slowly downfield and had to settle for a 33-yard field goal from Cullen Lindsay.

Milan was able to move the ball on the ground but Chelsea came up big on a huge 4th down and 2 play, stopping the Milan back short of the first down. Chelsea took over and struck quickly with their first touchdown of the season as they faked a reverse and Hunter Neff launched a 74-yard bomb downfield to Ryan Sanborn for the score to put the dogs up 10-0 after Lindsay’s extra point kick.

The Chelsea defense again forced Milan to punt and the Bulldogs drove down the field with short quick passes and runs. Aaron McDaniels capped off the 42-yard drive with a right dive into the end zone for the score. The Bulldogs would take a big 17-0 lead into the halftime.

In the third quarter, both teams would go back and forth playing tough defense as both teams had several large players up front. One of the more interesting match ups was watching Chelsea Defensive End Ronnie Buford go up against Milan’s two-way lineman Michael Furtney. Both players announced their commitment to college their junior year, Buford to Western Michigan, Furtney to Wisconsin.

“Milan is really good up front,”  Chelsea Head Coach Brad Bush stated. “They’re a really good team and Furtney is probably the best lineman I’ve seen in the Ann Arbor area in my 21 years of coaching.”

The Bulldogs defense again would come up with a big 4th down stop giving them the ball and the big lead near the end of the 3rd quarter. The Bulldogs struck fast with quarterback Thomas Steele throwing a deep pass to Neff for a big 61-yard score and an even bigger 24-0 lead.

“I was really excited for this game,” Steele said about making his first start at varsity quarterback for the Bulldogs. “It started off a little rough but then we settled down and started playing our game. I love playing with these guys, it’s a great group.”

Chelsea had more opportunities to run the score up but in a show of good sportsmanship, they took another Lindsay field goal for a 27-0 lead. Milan scored late in the game to close the gap but the Bulldogs walked away with a big 27-7 victory.

“Defensively we played really well,” Coach Bush stated. “Special teams were a big factor. Breaking in a new kicker for him (Cullen Lindsay)to be 100% on extra points and field goals is a big deal.”

The Bulldogs were led by in rushing by McDaniels and had 182 yards in passing which was more than Milan had overall in team yardage. Hunter Aeschbecker led Milan with 90 yards rushing. The Bulldogs were led on the defensive side of the ball by Buford who had 8 tackles, while middle linebacker Owen Nikischer had 6.  Nicholas Baugher led the Big Red with 7 tackles while Victor Knight had 6.

Milan will host Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central next week while the Bulldogs head home to host the Pinckney Pirates.

“They’re a good team,” Coach Bush said of the Pirates. “They’ve been out of the league several years and now they’re back in so it’s been since 1999 since we’ve faced them. ”

Kickoff is set for 7 in Chelsea.

 

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Chelsea’s Patrick Bertoni Locking The D Backfield Down

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When opposing quarterbacks line up against Chelsea, they look over the defense and look to see where number 17 is. And then they change up their play. Because Chelsea Defensive Back Patrick Bertoni plays the position like a pro. He covers well, he hits hard, he jumps routes, and he picks off passes.

Bertoni, who has been playing organized football since 7th grade,  had the rarity of starting every game for the 11-1 Bulldogs in 2016 and had 6 interceptions earning him honorable mention on the all SEC team. Quarterbacks learned right away not to throw his way and receivers would try to run away from him.

“I’m really excited for my senior season and I’m hoping to have an even better season this year,” Bertoni said.

Bertoni is very involved as he is participating in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), National Honor Society (NHS), Orchestra, student council, St. Mary youth group, and is a student liaison to the school board. He also starts on the Chelsea basketball varsity team.

“I like playing both sports (football and basketball) and I can’t decide which one I like better,” Bertoni states. “I’m a better person for playing them and I can’t say enough great things about the guys on my teams.”

When Bertoni does get the spare time he likes to spend it with those people that are close to him. He enjoys doing puzzles, going camping, and listening to music. He plans on attending the University of Michigan after he graduates.

“I would like to thank all my family, my teammates, and my coaches for helping me be the person I am today,” Bertoni said. “But most of all I’d like to thank God for all he has blessed me with.”

Patrick is the son of Rob and Sue Bertoni and he has an older brother Daniel, and two older sisters, Colleen and Kelly.

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Chelsea’s Gus Reynolds Looking To Bust Out In 2017

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Chelsea’s Gus Reynolds stiff arms a Gabriel Richard Defender

Chelsea’s tailback Gus Reynolds had a breakout year in 2016 sharing the backfield with some talented teammates but he still managed to gain over 1,000 yards rushing on only 157 carries, giving him almost 6.5 yards a carry. When Gus’s number 10 was called he never let the team or the fans down always pushing his way to the sticks or the end zone. In fact, he made 19 trips there for the Bulldogs, placing him 4th all-time in Bulldog history on the touchdown list.

“I’m really looking forward to this season,” Reynolds stated. “I think our team is looking great this season. We have a lot of depth and we can use that to our advantage. Plus we have a lot of guys coming back with a lot of playoff experience.”

Reynolds has spent a lot of time in the off season working out and getting stronger for the 2017 season. His goals are to be bigger, stronger, and faster and to smash the 1,000-yard mark again and do whatever it takes him to do to help lead his team to victory.

Reynolds, or the Gus Bus as his friends and fans call him, has been playing football for the last 6 years as well as wrestling. In wrestling, he placed 6th in States. But football is his first love.

“I really enjoy playing football,” Reynolds said. “I like it because I find it more fun and and I also like not having to starve myself during the season.”

The Bulldog players, their fans, and the community always have high expectations and a positive attitude when it comes to their sports, especially the football team. After all, Chelsea has been in the playoffs 17 of the last 18 years and going for their fourth district title in a row. And in 2016 they battled in the Class B state Championship game.

“That has to be my favorite football memory ever, going to Ford Field,” Reynolds reminisced.

Reynolds is just like any other teenager. He works at Los Tres Amigos and likes to spend his spare time playing his Xbox 0ne, skiing, and just hanging out with his friends. But he is also getting ready for his future.

“I plan to go to college after High School, but not sure where yet,” says Reynolds. “I’m hoping to play football in college and hopefully I get some offers. But what matters most to me is the success of my team!”

Gus’ parents are Mike and Joanne and he has a brother Mitchell. Chelsea opens the season this Friday on the road against Milan.

 

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Ohio State Field Hockey Battles Back For 5-5 Tie

DSC_5243The Ohio State Field Hockey Team had a bit of a rough season last year, finishing with only 6 wins but several close losses. Many of their losses were by 1 goal. But there is much optimism in  Columbus this season with the addition of new head coach Jarred Martin, who was on the coaching staff for Duke University the last 10 years. And it seems to have paid off as the Buckeyes downed Ohio University in their first scrimmage 5-1. Two days later the Buckeyes fought back hard from a late deficit to battle their way to a 5-5 tie against Miami of Ohio.

The Redhawks struck first within the first minute of the game and on their first shot. The Buckeyes battled right back though under a blazing sun before a large crowd. They got a great opportunity on a penalty shot by All Big Ten and All Midwest senior Maddy Humphrey. Humphrey ripped a shot but it was stopped on the left side by Redhawk goalkeeper Maddie Passarella.

Humphrey came back shortly thereafter and set herself up by grabbing her own rebound and as she dove to the ground buried the ball into the back of the net to tie the game up. 2 minutes later it was Kelsey Nolan taking a pass from Caroline Rath and beating the Redhawks netminder to her right side giving the Buckeyes the lead.

The Redhawks scored two quick goals, one off a corner,  to take a 3-2 halftime lead. The Buckeyes came back strong and the game went back and forth after the half but the Scarlet and Gray found themselves down 5-3 with time running out.  With 7 and a half to go the Buckeyes were able to score off the corner, putting the ball over the goalkeeper’s right side to bring them within one.

With 3 and a half minutes left the Buckeyes pulled their goalkeeper hoping to gain the advantage. The Redhawks threatened to score on the empty net but the Buckeyes defense stood strong and was able to clear the ball upfield and threaten to score. But the Redhawks netminder made several outstanding saves.

But with only 23 seconds left the ball was fed to Junior midfielder Casey Cole who blasted a rocket of a shot past a sprawling Redhawk goalkeeper to bring the Buckeyes back and give them the tie.

The Buckeyes played a very good game in spite of the heat and Buckeye goalkeeper Liz Tamburro was very solid in net making several great saves. The Buckeyes will hit the road on Sunday, the 27th, and travel to take on Lehigh in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, then head home on Friday, September 1st for the first home game of the season against Louisville.

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Chelsea Football’s James Mida Ready For The Trenches

 

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James Mida leaps to hit the banner pre-game 

Many football pundits are saying that the linemen for the Chelsea football team this season are deep and might be among the best group of players ever. And anchoring that line will be Senior James Mida, who mainly plays defensive end, but can play offense and like a Swiss army knife, he can and will do it all. He will do whatever his coaches ask of him and whatever it takes to help his team, like all the defensive linemen on the team.

 

“We have what we think is the most athletic defense to come through in a while,” Mida excitedly proclaims. “I mean, I think the team looks great! The Offense looks really good from what I’ve seen, very balanced. There is a lot of talent on both sides of the ball.”

Mida, like most Chelsea athletes, is a multi-sport participant. He wrestles, does track and field, and archery (but not with his school).  He also plays baritone in the marching band. He loves each sport he performs with equally because they all complement each other for him.

“I love the team and family environment of football,” Mida explains. “I love the conditioning and physicality of wrestling, and I love track because it is the sport I can  relax with and heal up any injuries I might have acquired in my other sports.”

Mida lived in Ann Arbor for the first ten years of his life so when he moved to Chelsea it was a big change for him. Not only was it a smaller city, he noticed right away how it was a much closer community. He wasn’t used to living in a place where everyone cared for each other and looked out for each other.

“That’s why I love football like a family,” Mida explains. “We’re like a band of brothers, like Chelsea. We all feed off each other, thrive off each other, look out for each other. It’s amazing how everyone on the team looks out for one another.”

Mida knows the expectations are always high for the Bulldogs, with their great record of District Championships, undefeated seasons, and a trip to the state championship game in 2015. And that’s where the C9 program comes in Head Coach Brad Bush and his staff are encouraging.

“To be successful we all need to live up to C9, where every unit matters and helps the other,” Mida said. “I have no doubt we will do more than just buy into the program, but we will make it succeed, on and off the field.”

In his spare time, when he ever finds any, he likes to watch youtube and Netflix videos, play video games, lift, practice for any sport he is playing, and eat. He also works on a farm baling hay with his close friend Zack Taylor.

 

As he enters his senior season, Mida hopes to earn a scholarship by playing his heart out in any sport he does. He’d like to go into law enforcement after High School, or possibly teaching. And then there is the possibility of enlisting in the United States Armed Forces.

Mida is the son of Robbie Hinsman, Rob Elie, and he has 2 sisters Mary Mida and Amarah Hinsman. He also has two close friends that live with his family, Danny Nelson and Brian Vannewkirk.

As he steps out on the field after practice Mida begins to reflect on his senior football season.

“We’ve worked hard, all of us,” Mida states. “I’m very happy on this field. It’s a great place to play, the fans, the coaches, the players. Now it’s time to make our hard work pay off and us seniors can go out with a bang or a whimper. And we all know Bulldogs don’t whimper!”

 

 

 

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Chelsea Football Has New Gunslinger In Town

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Chelsea’s Thomas Steele prepares to throw a pass in a scrimmage  

Chelsea High School has had its fair share of great quarterbacks over the years including Cameron Hawkins, George Royce, Chris Brigham, and last years All State selection Jack Bush. All hold their places firmly in the record books.  Looking to add his name to that select group of Chelsea all time greats this year is Thomas Steele.

Steele will be set up behind center this season and is looking forward to it and will be following a legacy of Steeles who quarterbacked the Bulldogs, his father Tucker on the 1990 team and his Uncle Pat on the 1993 team. Steele has a team first mentality and a winning attitude.  Steele has been playing football competitively since he was in the 7th grade and he likes to compete and win in any sport he plays, whether it’s ice hockey or baseball. And his most favorite sport is the one he is playing at any given time.

“It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of my dad and uncle,” says Steele. “It’s a great tradition I’m proud to be a part of.”

Steele brings skill, intelligence, and leadership to any sport he plays. He puts in lots of time on the field receiving instructions from his Head Coach Brad Bush and his other coaches while trying to help lead some of the younger less experienced players. The Bulldogs are coming off two spectacular seasons including playing in the 2015 State Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. Steele feels the team can build on that and keep moving forward.

“I really believe that our success as a team will depend on the amount of time and hard work each one of us puts in,” stated Steele.

When Steele isn’t on the field he is hunting, fishing, or spending time with his family. His family is very important to him and although this will be his last year playing sports for Chelsea, he is really looking forward to it and the opportunities it brings.

“It’s my last year which is kind of sad but I’m really happy about going on the field and getting to play out there and compete with my little brother Garrett,” said Steele. “Also, my cousin Braden is on the team so this will be a really extra special season.”

Steele works for the family business when not competing in sports, Steele Heating And Cooling of Chelsea. He also works at the Dexter Cider Mill. He is unsure of his future plans but that may change depending on how his sports seasons go. Thomas is the son of Tucker and Gretchen Steele and has 3 siblings, Savannah, Garrett, and Caden.

The Bulldogs open the season August 25th at Milan.

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