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Chelsea Student-Athletes Make History

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Senior Jack Bush poses with the Chelsea basketball district championship trophy

Chelsea High School is known for its academics. It was recently listed by the U.S. News as the 7th ranked school in the state of Michigan, the only public school to crack the top 10. That’s an excellent ranking since there are over 1,500 high schools in Michigan. Nationally it was listed number 554 out of almost 40,000 high schools! The student body of Chelsea have a 56% ranking in Advanced Placement classes and have very high test scores. Not too shabby for a town of just over 5,000 people.

But academics isn’t all Chelsea is about. They put a good focus on athletics and encourage all students to participate and many of the students will play more than 1 sport. The athletic department is strong and solid and many students go on to earn sports scholarships for Division 1 schools,  and some even have gone on to play professional sports.

This year, a few students have done something that hasn’t been done in quite a while and is very rare for most student athletes. Jack Bush, Hunter Neff, Quinn Starkey, Thomas Steele, and Alex Vasquez have all etched their names in the Chelsea record books as they are among the few student-athletes in the long history of Chelsea sports that have won 3 district championships in one year!

Bush was the starting quarterback for Chelsea the past couple seasons and was a key element of leading the Bulldogs to the MHSAA Class B state championship in 2015. He also started for the basketball team and this year’s baseball team which just clinched a district title last Saturday. Bush will attend Hope College in the fall where he will look to carry on his illustrious football career.

Neff was a part of this years football, and baseball team, and was called up for the districts in basketball.

Starkey played on the basketball team, the baseball team, and was called up for the Districts in football.

Steele was the Bulldogs leading rusher in football last season as well as winning a district championship with the Bulldogs hockey team. He also will be on the field looking for a regional title in baseball, after sealing up a district championship last weekend.

Vasquez starred at end for the Bulldogs football team this past season and was also a part of the state championship runner-ups in 2015. He used his size and strength to help the Bulldogs win districts not only on the gridiron, but on the basketball court, and for this year’s baseball team. Vasquez will be taking his talents to Michigan State University in the fall.

The Bulldogs baseball team will head to Carleton-Airport on June 10th where they will be taking on the South Lyon East Cougars and will be looking to win the regional playoff and help bring more hardware to Chelsea, the city of champions.

 

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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 Girls Win District Title, Head to Regionals

 

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Chelsea Bulldogs 2017 Class B District Champions

 

The Chelsea Bulldogs girls basketball team took on a very tough Onsted Wildcats team tonight in the District Finals at Columbia Central High School and it was a rough first half for the Bulldogs. Amid some questionable calls, their shots weren’t falling and they just couldn’t get their strong inside game going. But after a good halftime speech from Head Coach Todd Blomquist, they came out in the third on fire, and never looked back on their way to a huge 49-35 victory.

“I’m so excited, I almost cried,” an elated Jesse Jacobusse said. “I think we played pretty bad in the first half but the turning point was the third quarter. But we got rolling and I’m just so happy. This is one of the happiest moments of my life.”

The Bulldogs looked a bit nervous in the first quarter against the evenly matched Wildcats. The Bulldogs tight defense kept them in the game though as they forced a lot of turnovers. In the second as the Wildcats started to slowly creep ahead, Jacobusse finally got a shot to fall and it was a big one as she hit a long 3 to close the gap. The Wildcats went into the halftime break up by 1 and very confident, backed by a large, boisterous crowd.

“I was a bit disappointed with the play in the first half,” Chelsea Coach Blomquist stated. “But the defense kept us in it. We knew what Onsted was going to do but I don’t think we reacted very well. The turning point for us was right off the bat in the third when we got our inside game going and got some good shots to take the lead.”

In the beginning of the third period, Brianna Hay got the go-ahead basket off a steal and the defense stepped up strong forcing bad shots and turnovers. Hay had 3 steals on the night along with Jacobusse to lead the Bulldogs. Sophomore Maddie Vasquez was exceptional in the paint who, along with fellow sophomore Madeleine Kennedy, were able to use their size to build on the Bulldogs lead. The nail in the coffin for Onsted was when Jacobusse hit a long distance bank shot for three as the buzzer sounded giving the Bulldogs an 8 point lead at the end of the third.

In the fourth, the small in number but large in spirit Chelsea faithful kept cheering their girls on knowing that the outcome was evident as the clock ticked closer and closer to a Chelsea victory. Onsted was forced to foul sending the Bulldogs to the line where they made them pay. With time running out Coach Blomquist subbed in Sara Stribe and Kylie Kuebler so he had all 4 of his seniors on the court. As the clock counted down to zero the Chelsea bench erupted with joy as the young team accomplished something many pundits had said could never happen.

“I’m beyond words, I can’t even explain it, we’ve worked so hard to get this and it feels so good,” an ecstatic Nicole Bareis happily exclaimed, with tears almost in her eyes. “Coach told us at half-time we had to pick up our offense and we did. It really turned around. We scouted their team and we were pretty confident but they’re a great team. I think we were a bit nervous in the first period.”

“This is our 10th district title since 2000 when  I started,” said the veteran coach Blomquist. “Every team is different, we’re a very young team, and this is great.”

The young team stepped up big as Vasquez had 3 points but was big on the boards with 7 rebounds and had 3 blocked shots. Hay and Jacobusse finished with 10 points while Bareis got a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

“I have never been on a team that is so close,” Bareis said. “I would not trade this team for anything, I love them all!”

“My team, I love my team soooo much,” Jacobusse said making sure to stress the so. “To share this moment like this, it’s never good unless it’s with the right people and it’s definitely the right people. ”

Chelsea will look to keep their 10 game winning streak going as the Regionals head home for them on Tuesday where they will take on  Dearborn Henry Ford who defeated Grosse Isle in their final game tonight. Game time is 5:30 at the Chelsea High School Gym.

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Another Chelsea Bulldog Commits to College

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Chelsea is a community that focuses first on academics but encourages athletics and competing in multiple sports. Several Bulldogs have announced their after high school athletic commitments and the most recent one was Drew Anstead.

Drew has signed his letter of intent to attend Hope College in the Fall of 2017 where he will be dual sporting in baseball and football. Drew is a great athlete with a good personality and will do quite well as he takes his great athletic abilities to the Dutchmen.

Drew is the son of Fred and Sarah Anstead.

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Chelsea Stars Shine On National Signing Day

 

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The Bulldog signers  (left to right) Jack Bush, Cam Cooper, Jordan Smith (committed in the fall to dive at Oakland University), Jesse Jacobusse, Natasha McElrath, and Travis Frazier

 

On the first day of February, several seniors at Chelsea High School gathered in the morning to sign their letters of intent to play athletics in college. The Bulldog signers were surrounded by friends, family, coaches, and supporters as they proudly committed to further their educations.

Jack Bush will be taking his outstanding quarterback skills to Hope College in Holland Michigan. The three-sport star (basketball and baseball) was a part of the all-time winningest class for Chelsea football. Bush quarterbacked the Bulldogs in 2015 to the state championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. In his junior and senior seasons, he had a record of 23-3.

Cam Cooper fielded many offers for football before choosing to be a Bulldog in college attending Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cam, another multi-sport star, will be playing wide receiver and showing off his speed and field intelligence. He also was a member of the all-time winningest class in Chelsea football history.

Jesse Jacobusse is another multi-sport star, like many of Chelsea’s students. She has signed on with Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan. She will be putting her exceptional speed on display as she competes for the Huskies and will be also competing on their soccer team. Jesse went to states in track in 2016 and also excels at cross country and basketball where she is the starting guard. In her most recent game she put up 19 points to help lead her team to victory and she is very proficient at soccer, once scoring 5 goals in a game.

Natasha McElrath will be taking her exceptional soccer skills to the Sun Conference’s Savannah College of Art and Design in beautiful Georgia.  There she will be on the field for the bees while getting a very high-quality education at one of the best art and design schools in the nation.

Travis Frazier will remain a Bulldog also in college as he takes his 6’7″ frame and strength to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Travis led the Bulldogs in sacks in 2016 and tackles for loss and drew double teams most of the time.

 

 

 

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Chelsea Hires New Boys Head Basketball Coach

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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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State Champion Bowler Brianna Fish Signs College Letter Of Intent

 

 

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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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