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Chelsea’s Ronnie Buford Announces College Commitment


Chelsea Bulldog Ronnie Buford picks off a pass in his junior season

The Chelsea High School football team has produced yet another great young athlete to commit to a Division 1 college as Junior Ronnie Buford announced that he has officially committed to Western Michigan University (WMU) to continue his football career.

Ronnie has committed to the Broncos as a defensive end, where he excelled for the 11-1 Bulldogs team in 2016. The 6 foot 4 inch Buford also excels on the basketball court where he and his Bulldog teammates won the Districts in their division last season.  Buford moved recently to Chelsea from Ann Arbor where he was the starting quarterback for Skyline, but he was moved to defensive end for the Bulldogs where they could take advantage of his size and speed.

“The adjustment from offense to defense wasn’t a real big deal to me,” Ronnie stated. “It was a smooth transition because I understood both offensive and defensive schemes and learned quickly what my coaches were teaching me.”

Many colleges noticed Ronnie’s play in his first year on defense and were interested in him and he and his family visited many of them to get a feel for the community and check out the academics to see if the fit was right for him. Ronnie took his time and with the help of his loving family, friends, and coaches finally decided on his gridiron home for the 2018 season.

“The decision was hard, yet easy. We went to many places but when we went to WMU I just knew I wanted to be a Bronco after the first unofficial visit,” Ronnie stated. “As soon as I stepped foot on the Bronco’s football field,  I just had this feeling that I had at no other visit! It was a confirmation feeling like I belonged there.”

Ronnie also gives much credit to the WMU coaches for making him and his family feel comfortable on their visit.

“They treated me and my family so nice,” Ronnie said. “They were extremely good to my little brother and I could tell this was a great, solid family organization like Chelsea football is. And that’s what I’m all about, family.”

Ronnie plans to major in Business and get a minor in civil engineering while enjoying all the community of Kalamazoo and WMU have to offer. Ronnie is the son of Willie Buford, and Shallis and Laura Mask.

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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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Another Chelsea Bulldog Commits to College


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’s Jesse Jacobusse Leads With Actions, Not Words



Chelsea Senior Jesse Jacobusse Jumps for a shot against Ypsilanti

Jesse Jacobusse’s Chelsea Bulldogs are falling behind against a Class A school. Time is winding down and the momentum has shifted. Jesse knows time is short and something needs to be done. So the petite 5 foot 4-inch senior guard dribbles coast to coast, cutting a lane through several defenders much larger than her, hits the basket and falls to the floor as she gets fouled hard. Jesse gets up unfazed and hits the free throw. She gets back on defense and is able to steal a pass and take the ball to the hole again giving her team the lead. Her Bulldogs end up winning the game and it’s just another night on the court as she is used to this. Because Jesse Jacobusse does not give up and she does not like to lose!

Jesse is a true competitor in everything she does. She credits that for being in competition with her twin brother Jake, who is older than her by only 3 minutes. Jake just won his 103-pound weight class in wrestling at districts for Chelsea.

“I’ve grown up with a twin brother which has given me the competitive edge that I have,” Jesse explains. “Other twins understand the competition of being twins and I think that helped us both to accomplish more than what we would have without each other. I don’t just not like losing, I hate it so much and that’s the kind of attitude that helps me get extra aggressive and scrappy in games. It’s not just the game I’m working to win. Every possession I want to win; be better than the opponent.”

Jesse has been playing sports since as long as she can remember. Up until high school, her favorite sport has always been soccer but now it’s definitely basketball for her. Jesse plays much larger on the court than most girls that stand a foot taller than her and she is not afraid to do anything for the team to help them out. Jesse still plays soccer once scoring 5 goals in a game last season. She also excels at cross country and track where she has gone to states to represent Chelsea in both sports. She has made her name known as she is in the Chelsea record books.


In all 4 of the sports Jesse plays yearly she excels at every one of them yet she is very humble and down to Earth, and a bit quiet and shy. When she’s not playing sports she is hitting the books where she excels also, being a member of the National Honor Society and she is on student council.

Jesse is definitely not your average teenager as when she does get some free time she enjoys spending it, well, playing sports and working out.

“For me sports are everything,” Jesse stated.  “I don’t have much spare time but this summer I found myself with a lot of time so my best friend, Briana Hay, and I practiced all of our sports every day. We ran, lifted, shot basketballs, and went out to the soccer field and practiced. It’s something we love to do so it’s not just the sports that we play, it’s our hobby, and what we fill our spare time with.”

Jesse is one of 4 seniors on a very young Chelsea basketball team this season. But she feels as a senior she doesn’t need to be a leader with her words, she leads with her actions.

“As a senior, I don’t necessarily feel the need to lead but I find that just working hard and setting a positive example is all I need to do to be a leader,” says Jesse

Jesse has the respect of all her teammates and classmates and also the respect of many of the teams she faces. In basketball, they always try to double team her and try to take her off her game. But it seldom works.

She also has the respect of her head coach Todd Blomquist who has been coaching Chelsea girls basketball for 18 years.

“Jesse is one of the better on-ball defenders that I’ve ever coached,” Blomquist proudly stated.

Jesse will be taking her 17 letters in sports and academics and will be leaving in the fall for Houghton where she will be attending Michigan Technological University where she will study Biomedical Engineering as well as playing on their soccer team and running track for the Huskies.

“Because I’ll be playing my other two sports, one thing I will miss the most after high school is basketball and the other thing is all the friends I’ll be leaving when I am so far away,” Jesse sadly stated.

But before she goes she has business to attend to with her Chelsea basketball team as they try to make a big run in the districts. And then in the spring, she will be leading her track team with her running skills and her exceptional soccer abilities on the field to help lead her Chelsea team.

Jesse is the daughter of Robb and Betsy Jacobusse, and besides her twin brother Jake, she has two older brothers, Tom and Mason, and younger sister Grace who plays on the Chelsea freshman team.

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Chelsea Basketball’s Nicole Bareis Leads The Way


Chelsea Senior Nicole Bareis Drives To The Hoop

When you look at Chelsea Basketball Senior Nicole Bareis you don’t get intimidated by her 5 foot 8-inch thin frame. And she has a mild demeanor and a big smile. But when the whistle blows and the ball’s tipped off, she’s a whole other person. Nicole, Nic as her teammates call her,  plays much bigger than her size and tougher too. She is the team’s leading rebounder and one of the top rebounders in the Ann Arbor area. She is tenacious and will do anything it takes to help her team win. She outjumps girls taller than her and rips the ball away from girls seemingly stronger than her.

“I’ll do whatever is necessary to help my team,” the muti-sport athlete declared. ” I’ll dive on the floor, take a charge, whatever it takes for the team. If I’m on the bench I’m screaming my head off cheering for my teammates or shouting instructions to help other players out.”

Nicole is one of 4 seniors on a very young Chelsea team but her leadership is apparent in all she does, on and off the court. She helps the younger players out and she has earned the respect of her opponents who always try to shut her down or get her off her game. She also has earned the respect of her coach.

“Nicole is a very great team leader,” Chelsea Head Coach Todd Blomquist said of her. “She works hard and is a great rebounder and is our team leader in that category.”

“I believe as a senior I need to be a leader,” the star forward stated. “I believe if I lead others will follow and they will then be able to lead themselves. I want to be the type of leader people look up to.”

Nicole brings an intensity to her favorite sport unlike others do. But not only can she defend really well and outjump others, she also can score from all over the court. And for an intense high-octane player, she has a very soft touch on her free throws.

The third generation Bulldog has been playing sports as long as she remembers. Her other main sport is soccer where she has lettered all 4 years of High School. Surprisingly,  the sports figure she admires most doesn’t play either of her two main sports.

“I’ve never done swimming but I really admire Michael Phelps,” the academic all a’s student stated. “I really like his worth ethic and his positive attitude about winning or losing. I really love with all he has achieved how humble he has remained.”

In her spare time, Nicole likes to spend time with her friends and her family because that makes her the happiest. Her father Mark was a star athlete for Chelsea and Nicole follows in his footsteps in many ways. She also has a twin sister, Abby, who played soccer on her varsity team with her. Rounding out her family is her very supportive mom Sheri, younger brother Ryan, and her sweet loving dog Toby.

Nicole plans to attend Grand Valley State after High School but she is going to focus on academics, not athletics.

“High school sports has made me the person I am today,” Nicole said. “I’m going to really miss it, playing on a varsity team.”

One thing she won’t miss about High School she says is all the drama and negativity.

“I don’t like drama,” Nicole said. “I don’t like being a part of it or in the middle of it. I can’t stand to see it happen to others.”

When she graduates in June she knows she has done a good job and hopes others have learned from her. She hopes to have left her mark on and off the basketball court.

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Chelsea Stars Shine On National Signing Day



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’s Athletic Cam Cooper Gives All



Chelsea’s Cam Copper Praises God In The 2015 State Championship Game

Cam Cooper’s Chelsea Bulldogs are down in the 2015 Division 3 State Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. They need a big play to get back into the game. Cooper lines up in the backfield behind his quarterback Jack Bush. Bush takes the snap and Cooper runs his pattern, fakes out his defender big time and thanks to a great block and big hit taken by Alex Vasquez and a perfect pass from Bush, Cooper is able to reel the ball in and use his all state track speed to fly into the end zone for the big score. As he scores he stops to celebrate and praises God. And he thinks of his mother.

“Scoring that Touchdown felt great because I really wanted to accomplish something for my mom who had to miss the game due to cancer and I was able to give God praise while I was in the end zone,” says Cooper. “But I know I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish that without my teammates who busted their butts and did their job. The line blocked great, the other receivers drew attention to themselves, Jack had a great pass, and if you really pay attention to the film Alex Vasquez ran a great route and took a big hit by a nationally recruited linebacker to get me open.”

Cooper is always singing praises of others and very humble with his own accomplishments which are many. Cooper not only excels in football, where he is listed in the MHSAA top 40 players to watch in 2016, he also went to states in track and starts at guard for the Bulldogs basketball team. He also has played soccer and baseball. But football is first and foremost his passion.

“This is my 6th year of playing football,” Cooper recalled. “I love the contact but I also love the lifetime memories and bonds that are created with the coaches and guys in the locker room and competing with the guys I grew up with.”

Cooper has attended many camps over the years for football including college camps and Nike showcases. And all his hard work is paying off as has been highly recruited by many Division 1 schools including Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, and Valparaiso along with some others such as Grand Valley State.

“Right now I’m leaning towards Western Michigan because I’ve built a great relationship with their coaching staff and it’s my Dad’s Alma mater, and they also do an awesome job keeping in contact with me,” stated Cooper. “Other colleges that have shown interest are many Ivy League school such as Harvard and Princeton who’ve come to visit me in school and watch me workout and run during track season.”

Cooper, or AJ, Hollywood, Coop, or Super Cam, as his friends call him, is very proud to be listed as a top football player in the state. But he knows he needs a great education also as he excels in the classroom as much as he does in sports.

“Being ranked one of the top players in the state is somewhat cool,” said Cooper.”But in reality I’m completely aware that rankings do not matter when it’s game time and that I need to show up and give 100% every time I step on the field. I have not even scratched the surface of my full potential and there is still a ton I need to work on.”

Cooper plays all over the field and will do whatever it takes to help the team accomplish it’s goals. He’s played cornerback and running back and returned kickoffs and punts in the past but this year the coaches have called on him to learn halfback and safety.

“I’m excited about it,” said Cooper. “I’ll enjoy being utilized everywhere. My favorite position so far is corner cause it’s just me and the receiver and for them to beat me it’s going to take A LOT because I hate losing.”

Cooper has spent a great amount of time in the weight room and studying game film and working on getting faster and stronger in the offseason. In the summer 7 on 7 scrimmages he looked  great locking down opponents, picking off passes, and burning defenders to make outstanding catches and touchdowns. Cooper feels his Bulldogs are ready to challenge again this year after going to the state championship game last season which was his favorite football memory ever.

“I feel that the team is looking good this year,” Cooper proudly exclaimed. “We graduated a lot of great players from last season and we are young and for the most part pretty inexperienced but we have a couple of very experienced vets that are ready to lead and an unbelievable coaching staff who does a great job day in and day out to get us ready.”

Cooper plans to go into pre-med and play football after High School. He has a great support system around him with many friends and loved ones but the people that mean the most to him are his mom and dad.


“In my spare time I like to work out and spend time with my awesome family,” Cooper proudly states. “My mom, Jan Cooper, and my Dad, Scott Cooper, adopted me when I was younger and have done an awesome job keeping me focused, down to earth, and my head on straight and have always supported me in my goals. Since I was young my parents have always told me that school and academics come first so I find myself studying a very good amount of time during the school year. I’ve also reconnected with my birth family so it’s great being able to communicate with them as well. Overall it just feels great to have a big family that supports me and pushes me to do my best, be a Man of God, and a gentleman.”

Cooper smiles as he talks of his family. Because of them, he has learned the ethics of hard work and because of that he gives his all and does his best in everything he does. And he looks to do the very best he can on the football field this 2016 season.