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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’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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Two More Chelsea Student Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent

Recently two more students signed their letters of intent to attend college in the fall. Lily Francisco, all state diver, has signed on with Saginaw Valley State. She will be diving in the fall for the Cardinals. She is the daughter of Marie Vollmer and Todd Francisco.

Gwen Lansky has signed on with Post University to play ice hockey. She is the daughter of Christy and Aaron Lansky.

We wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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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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Jackson High’s Taylor Johnson Commits To College

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Taylor Johnson goes up for a shot against Chelsea

The first thing you notice when you see Taylor Johnson on the basketball court is her height, as she towers over most of the other competitors. The other thing you notice right away about  Johnson, who stands 6 feet tall, is her positive energy and constant hustle on the court. And she’s bringing that energy to Jackson College as she has committed to play basketball there for Head Coach Heather Brown.

“I’m really excited to play at Jackson college,” said Johnson. “I had several other offers but I love the coach and I feel she will be able to prepare me for my last two years of college.”

And after talking to Johnson, who graduated from Jackson High School after attending Jackson Christian for her first two years of High School, you will see that her faith is very important to her. She credits God for putting her on the path she is on.

“I feel God is leading me to Jackson College and that is part of his grand plan,” Johnson proudly proclaimed. “God is a big part of my life and if it weren’t for him I’m not sure where I’d be.”

Johnson, who has been playing basketball since as long as she remembers, can’t wait to play center for her new coach.She has met and got to play with a few of her new teammates  and is looking forward to entering this season with some new good friends.

Johnson, who enjoys cleaning, watching netflix, singing, and obviously playing hoops, plans to study something along the lines of psychology and social work. “I want to work with at-risk kids in a type of mentoring program,” Johnson said.”I really want to be able to make a difference in kids lives, showing them that they are special and loved, not only by me but by God as well.”

Johnson will miss playing travel ball and for Jackson High and will miss the people she met and friendships she made there but she now enters a new chapter in her life as she will be enrolled for Fall classes.

“I’m really optimistic about my new team and school,” said Johnson. ” I know it’s going to be a big change from what I am used to but I have the grace of God leading me as well as a strong support system of my family and friends.”

Johnson is the daughter of Brent and Kim Johnson. She has an older sister Brittany and a younger brother Ben who plays basketball for Jackson Christian School.

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Chelsea Star Defensive End Announces College Commitment

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Chelsea’s Trevor Kingsley with Head Coach Brad Bush  

Surrounded by friends, family, and coaches, Chelsea footballs all-conference defensive end Trevor Kingsley announced Monday his commitment to continue his education and football career at Trine University. Trine, formerly known as Tri-State University, is a private non-profit post-secondary institution located in Angola, Indiana.

Trevor visited many colleges and had several offers for football but after visiting Trine he knew that was the place for him. “Trine made me feel so welcome I quickly bonded with some players there and I instantly fell in love with the area around campus,” Trevor stated. “Also, the academic side of it all felt right for me.”

Trevor was a big part of the Chelsea Bulldogs defense that helped the team got to the Division 3 state championships in 2015. He started at defensive end in every game and made several spectacular plays during the season. He also started for the Chelsea basketball team.

Trevor visited and considered other colleges, some closer to home, but he says he was “blown away by Trine because of the kindness  and how the faculty there was passionate about getting you a job right after you’re done.”

Trevor will play defensive end for Head Coach Troy Abbs Thunder and he hopes to get playing time as a freshman. “It all depends on how I do and develop during training camp,” Trevor stated about freshman playing time. “I’m hoping to get out on the field and play and show them what I can do and help out the team.”

Angola isn’t too far away but Trevor says, “It will feel weird not being at home in Chelsea or even very close and I will miss everyone but I feel like I’m ready to be on my own and handle myself away from home.”

Trevor’s mom Edie Huffman expresses the same sentiment. “It’s sad to see him graduating and leaving home and I’m really going to miss him but at the same time I’m  so proud of his hard work and dedication to see him earn this opportunity.”

Trevor plans to go into the pre-med program with a physician assistant focus.

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Chelsea’s Bailey Edwards Commits to CMU

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Edwards returns a kick against Coldwater in the playoffs

Chelsea football senior wide receiver/return specialist Bailey Edwards has announced via twitter that he has officially committed to continue his football career at Central Michigan University (CMU).

“Blessed to as ounce that I am officially committed to Central Michigan University ” he tweeted yesterday. Edwards skills were a big part of Chelsea’s run to the State Championship this past season. The 6′ 2″ Edwards weighs in at 180 and runs a 4.48 in the 40 yard run, runs 4.44 in the shuttle, and has a vertical leap of 32.5 inches. He was ranked as the 31st best receiver in the state of Michigan and 187th in the nation. Edwards had 12 college teams express interest in him and had 7 offers. Many thought he would attend Minnesota where his older brother Berkley plays at Running Back. His oldest brother Braylon starred for University of Michigan and  in the NFL at receiver.

Edwards led the Bulldogs in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2015.  He also excels at track. He will be enrolled for the fall of 2016 at CMU.

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