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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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Chelsea Fights Back Valiantly, Loses Heartbreaker In Regionals

 

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Chelsea Sophomore Helena Schultz goes up for a late basket

 

The  Chelsea Bulldogs played host to the Dearborn Henry Ford Academy Navigators tonight and it was apparent from the opening tip-off that the Bulldogs would be behind the 8 ball all night. In what was a very poorly, one sided officiated game, the Bulldogs were able to try to overcome it and came back and fought until the very end but came up just short in a heart wrenching 40-35 defeat.

The Bulldogs fell behind early and every time they had a chance to get back in the game a whistle would come out of nowhere. Girls were getting slammed to the floor and no calls were being made.

“I’ve been watching basketball all my life & this is the worst reffing I’ve ever seen,” an older gentleman stated. “If you lose fine, get beat by a better team, fine. But to get beat by the refs? I’m disgusted!”

In spite of being down, but never out, the young Bulldog team did what it has done all year and overcome adversity. Down by as many as 15 points at one time, the Bulldogs fought and clawed their way back into it, playing a tight defense and forcing many turnovers.  Brianna Hay hit a big 3 pointer in the game to pull the gap closer, and Jesse Jacobusse helped out with 6 steals on the night. With time running out the Bulldogs went on a run causing Dearborn and their fans to get a bit nervous as the raucous Chelsea crowd and student section roared with approval.

Helena Schultz hit a shot at the buzzer but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs came up just a bit short. Senior Nicole Bareis played another great game as she almost double-doubled again this season, finishing with 7 points and 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Helena Schultz led all Bulldog scorers with 10 points. Madeleine Kennedy played a strong defensive game with 4 steals and 6 rebounds to go along her her 2 points.

Chelsea Head Coach Todd Blomquist credited his four seniors (Bareis, Jacobusse, Kylie Kuebler, and Sara Stribe) helping to guide his sophomores for a successful season. The team is very young (5 sophomores & a freshman) but still managed a 10-game winning streak entering tonight’s game.

“It was a fantastic season,” Blomquist said. “Our mantra was to grow, and we did that.”

“And I can’t say enough about our seniors, who really bridged the gap between two groups. They had a really good group the last couple of years, and a young group this year. There is no question that they were a big reason why we were successful.”

The Bulldogs finished the season with an  18-6 record and will definitely reload for next season as they bring back plenty of players who now have valuable playoff experience.

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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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Chelsea Girls Advance to District Finals

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Chelsea’s Katelyn McKinley splits the Eagles defense for a shot

After a tough outing Monday night, the Chelsea Bulldogs came out strong tonight against the Columbia Central Eagles starting the game with a 13-1 run en route to a big 41-24 victory advancing them to the Class B District Finals.

Chelsea’s Jesse Jacobusse celebrated her 18th birthday by leading her team in scoring with 14. She also had 3 assist, 2 steals, and 5 rebounds.

“I’m very excited,” the birthday girl Jacobusse said happily. “Monday’s game, we were very nervous, but tonight we played with more confidence. Our defense was very solid. That was the major difference in the games.”

The Bulldogs came out on fire, rolling to an early lead the Eagles could never come back from. The Bulldogs were solid all over the court and played a very stifling defense forcing errant passes and turnovers.”

“I thought our defense was definitely the big factor in tonight’s game,” Chelsea head coach Todd Blomquist stated. “We played much better tonight and I’m real happy for the girls.”

Blomquist is trying to win his 10th district final in his 18th year of coaching. If Chelsea wins Friday evening then they head to their home court to host regionals. In a very classy move near the end of the game, he emptied the bench and gave everyone a chance to play.

“I’ve been a part of a district final but I was just a sophomore so I didn’t get a chance to play,” Jacobusse said. “I feel really good to be a part of this and am hoping we can do it, it will be a great thing for us and for me to be a part of it.”

The Eagles came close to getting back in the game in the second half but too many turnovers and Chelsea’s speed was hard to contend with. Nicole Bareis finished the night in a great defensive effort for the Bulldogs with 8 rebounds and 3 steals while Madeleine Kennedy had a steal and had two big blocked shots. Helena Schultz finished with 8 while freshman Riley Davis earned lots of playing time by sinking 2 big 3 point shots finishing with 8 total on the night and 6 rebounds.

Chelsea will face Onsted in Brooklyn at 7:00 p.m. in the finals.

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Chelsea Edges Skyline For SEC Hockey Championship

 

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Cooper Mattson celebrates scoring the go-ahead goal for Chelsea

 

Chelsea and Ann arbor Skyline squared off tonight at the Arctic Coliseum in Chelsea for the Southeast Conference Championship. Chelsea came into the game with an edge in points with 1 but Skyline had been on a roll as of late. But it was the Bulldogs who would take the victory and the SEC championship in a 5-4 battle.

Skyline started fast as they scored about the 10-minute mark. But then less than a minute later Chelsea went on the power play and would tie it up an unassisted goal by Braden Steele. The score would remain tied as Chelsea goalie Aidan Boote made several great saves behind his stingy, hard-hitting defense.

Then with 2 and a half minutes left to go, it was Cooper Mattson taking a rebound and putting the puck in the back of the net for a Chelsea lead going into the break.

With only a minute and a half gone in the second period, it was Chelsea senior defenseman Nate Bero taking a beautiful pass from Brennen Wright and burying the puck in the back of the net for a 2 goal Chelsea lead. This goal led Skyline to swap goalies. But it didn’t make much of a difference because less than 2 minutes later it was defenseman Thomas Steele scoring to help increase the Bulldogs lead.

But Skyline wasn’t rolling over and playing dead. They didn’t get as far as they did this season through luck. The ever battling Eagles came back with a big splurge of their own scoring 2 goals to cut the Bulldogs lead to 4-3 heading into the final stanza of the game.

At the 13:08 mark of the third the Bulldogs increased their lead with a score from Brad Sullivan, with Mattson assisting as he put the puck over the right shoulder of the Skyline netminder, top shelf for a 5-4 Chelsea lead.

But Skyline kept battling and with just 5 minutes to go in the game, Skyline struck from the right faceoff circle in Chelsea’s zone to cut the deficit. Skyline battled hard getting several opportunities but Boote stood tall down the stretch making save after save.

With just a minute and 53 seconds to go, Skyline went on the power play and with a minute left to go pulled their goalie giving Chelsea a 4 on 6 disadvantage but Skyline couldn’t corral the puck or get set up and as the clock sounded sealing the Chelsea victory in the history books, the loyal Bulldog fans erupted in cheers and breathed a sigh of relief as the players dogpiled and slammed into the boards in front of the Bulldogs student section in celebration.

It was a hard fought battle and both teams played their hearts out and left it all on the ice. Now Chelsea awaits to see who it plays next.

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Chelsea’s Jesse Jacobusse Leads With Actions, Not Words

 

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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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Jackson Christian’s Thomas Miller Sets New Rebound Record

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Jackson Christian’s Thomas Miller outjumps everyone for a rebound

It was a big night For Jackson Christian’s big man Thomas Miller. He achieved something he had dreamed of since he started to play roundball at JCS. And he knew it was coming. He could feel it. And with time running out on the road against North Adams Jerome, Thomas leaped above the other players and dragged down the ball breaking the Royals rebound record in a game with 27, breaking Max Walz’s old record.

“The last time out against North Adams I was close to breaking the record,” an elated Miller stated. “So tonight I had a feeling I could do it and was going to try as hard as I could. That was my goal and it feels good to do it.”

Miller, who stands 6 feet 5inches tall, not only rebounds but blocks shots and can score. Against North Adams he put up 18 points to go with his 27 boards. The former record holder Walz gave a shout out to Thomas on twitter for breaking his record. The state all time record is 49 by Jerry Stuart of Perry set in 1970. Miller’s record puts him in the top 30 of the state all time with some good company including former NBA stars Jesse Campbell & Spencer Haywood.

“I was really hoping and trying to break the school record this year, my senior year. I can’t even explain how excited I was to break it,” Miller happily said. “But it’s also weird knowing I broke a school record. I thank my teammates and especially my dad and my girlfriend Katie. They really encouraged me to work hard and to go for it.”

Miller and the Royals  season isn’t even close to being over yet so there is a chance he can get out on the court and break his own record.

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