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Jackson Christian Soccer Devastates Hillsdale 9-3

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Jackson Christian Junior Audrey McCollum moves the ball upfield against Hillsdale

On the last night of the season, the Jackson Christian Royals went out in style as they scored early and often guiding themselves to a big 9-3 victory over Hillsdale to end the season on a winning note. It was a great way to send the 6 senior players on the team out.

Senior Mary Hawthorne got the scoring started 12 minutes into the first half. Senior Sierra Chevalier put the ball into the back of the net and then Junior Audrey McCollum to give the Royals a big 3-1 lead going into halftime.

At the halftime, the Royals honored those seniors playing in their last High School soccer game ever. Also honored were two boys for their dedication in their spring sports.

After the brief, but beautiful ceremony, the girls got back to the scoring again as only 2 minutes into the second half Hawthorne scored her second on the night. 20 seconds later Hillsdale cut the Royals lead in half as Emily Wright got one by the Royals goalkeeper. Chevalier took over after that scoring 2 more goals in just 16 seconds for the hat trick and a Jackson Christian record for fastest 2 goals ever scored in a game!

Haley Hands then scored for the Royals and McCollum netted her second of the evening to build a huge 8-2 lead. Hillsdale never gave up and kept on battling as Kathy Tempa was able to score. Sam Hershberger put the icing on the cake to give the Royals a 9-3 lead with 4 minutes left with her first goal of the season.

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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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Chelsea Soccer Takes Down Adrian 5-1

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Chelsea’s Matthew Klink scores the first goal of the game 

The Adrian Maples blew into Chelsea on a very windy, cloudy afternoon. The Jv team mercied the Maples with an 8-0 shutout that ended early in the second half  led by 2 goals each by Parker Shaw and Chris White, and then  it was the varsity’s turn to fight for a victory.

Chelsea took control early and kept lots of pressure on the Maples netminder and then with 4 minutes gone in the first half, Matthew Klink made a great shot for the first goal of the game. Several minutes later it was Senor Isaac Smedshammer with a beautiful kick about 20 yards out which the wind took and circled around into net for the 2nd goal of the game. Seven minutes later it was Junior Cullen Lindsay with a hard kick right down the middle to give the Bulldogs a big 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs defense kept  the Maples, not only off the scoreboard, but without a shot!

At about the 12-minute mark, only two minutes after Lindsay’s goal, it was Senior Callum Krause putting the ball in the back of the net for a big 4-0 lead. 3 minutes later Adrian scored on its first shot on goal of the half. The Bulldogs would take a 4-1 lead into the half.

In the second half, it was more of the same as Chelsea just dominated play and piled up the shots. At the 12:14 mark on Chelsea’s 18th shot of the game, it was Krause picking up his second goal of the game. The Bulldogs finished with a big 5-1 victory and ended the game with 20 shots on goal while only yielding 1 goal on 1 shot for the whole night.

Senior Matt McDaniels was in net for Chelsea the first half, Junior Logan Mahalak played in the second half. Chelsea is off until Tuesday the 6th when they travel to Lincoln.

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Jacobusse scores 5 goals as Chelsea Soccer Takes Down Lincoln

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Jesse Jacobusse scores one of her 5 goals on the night for Chelsea

The rain finally subsided Thursday but left the field very wet and slippery for the Chelsea soccer team as they played host to Lincoln. The Railsplitters were coming into the game off a big shutout over Tecumseh. After a Chelsea JV 8-0 mercy victory over the young Lincoln team, it was time for the varsity action to begin.

Both teams started a bit slow as they adjusted to the field conditions. But it was Lincoln striking first at the 26-minute mark as Senior Alexis Blackburn was able to get the ball over the head of Chelsea netminder Natalia McElrath on Lincoln’s first shot of the game. Chelsea tightened up on defense creating several turnovers which led to many chances on goal. At about the 14-minute mark the defense caused a big turnover which led to Junior Jesse Jacobusse getting a great shot to get behind Lincoln Senior goalie Sabrina “Brina” Dennis.  11 minutes later it was Jacobusse again getting the ball into the Lincoln net on Chelsea’s 8th shot of the half for a 2 to 1 lead which the Bulldogs took into the break.

Coming out in the second half the Bulldog defense clamped down hard not allowing Lincoln any opportunities at all. It was Jacobusse again with the goal at the 26:58 mark giving her the hat trick for the night. Shortly thereafter it was all Jacobusse with her 4th & 5th goals of the night raising the score where it would finish 5-1. Jacobusse, a senior multi-sport player was on fire for the whole game and just couldn’t be stopped! Sophomore Alex Quintana & Freshman Natalie Gofton each had one assist on the night. The Bulldog defense was outstanding forcing turnovers, creating opportunities for Jacobusse to score her goals, and keeping the Railsplitters without a shot in the second half. Chelsea finished the night with 16 shots on net.

The Bulldogs next game is Tuesday at home versus Ypsilanti with varsity taking the field at 5:30.

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