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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 Senior Receivers Look To Make Big Impact

IT'S GAMEDAY! GO BULLDOGS!

Chelsea Football has been known over the years for producing many great student athletes. Many have gone on to play football in colleges and some have even played in the NFL. Chelsea has graduated many great football players over the years including many receivers. And this year’s big 3 receivers of the Senior class are trying to keep the historical streak going.With wide receivers Bryce Jubenville, Chris Roush, and tight end Alex Vasquez the Bulldogs bring great size, skill, speed, and strength as well as field awareness, and hands.

Jubenville, who has not played football since his freshman year, has been making spectacular catches in practices and scrimmages.

“After not being on the field for 2 years, it definitely took some time to get back on track,” said Jubenville. “It feels great to be out there playing with my brothers and I’m glad I decided to come back out for my senior year. I’m pumped for this year. Like I said, I can’t wait to get back out there and be under the Friday night lights. While the team did lose some talent, I feel we have enough to make up for it and I think this year we can go far. Just can’t believe our Senior year is already here, but I am determined to work hard and make memories with these guys that we’ll take with us afterward.”

Bryce brings lots of speed and height to the receiver position and he has been running good routes and is not afraid to take a hit for the team if needed. Bryce also plays on the varsity basketball team and excels off the field in academics as well.

“After attending a medical program this summer, my prior interest in medicine has grown, even more, explained Jubenville when asked about his future after High School. “It was an awesome experience and opened my eyes to many different opportunities within the field. My future plans consist of studying pre-med and narrowing down what exactly I want to do in the medical field. I’m definitely excited to see what the future brings.”

Chris Roush, an all-state track athlete,and varsity basketball player, brings his skills to the team in many different ways. He was the Bulldogs kicker for much of the 2015 season including kicking in the state championship game where he kicked a successful onside kick. This year he will be like a swiss army knife doing many different things.

“They have me kicking this year, playing wide receiver, free safety, and back up punter,” Roush explained. “I think my kicks will bring a lot to my team by winning field position and pinning opposing teams in their own end of the field.”

Roush feels he brings a lot to the team. Since kicking off last year in his Junior season he has been working hard and has gotten bigger and stronger. He really likes playing the free safety position also this season as he explains,”My strength is playing the ball in the air and defending the pass.”

Chris has been playing football his whole life and has played organized school football with the same core group of guys since 7th grade. His favorite football memory is in his junior varsity season when he jumped up and made a highlight reel one-handed interception.

“I loved that moment because everyone was coming up to me and was hyping me up and congratulating me,” Roush reminisces. “It made me realize that I love my teammates just as much as I love the game. I think it’s a moment I’ll always remember.”

Alex Vasquez brings his own set of skills to the game. Like many great Chelsea tight ends befoe him, Vasquez is big and strong. But with his size comes speed and great hands. And he also has big blocking ability.

Vasquez is a 3 sport star, playing on the varsity basketball and baseball teams. He has been playing football for 6 years now and loves it. He still smiles when he fondly remembers the Division 3 State Championship game in 2015.

“My favorite football memory is definitely having the opportunity to do something that no Chelsea team has done before and that is to play at Ford Field last year in the state championship game,” Vasquez proudly stated. “We have a great group of players and excellent coaching staff and I think we will make some rumbles in our conference this year.”

Vasquez plans to attend college next year and play baseball or football. As of now, he is undecided and waiting for college offers to come in.

3 great young men, 1 common goal, to help Chelsea Football win!

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Chelsea’s Lawrence Buckley Looking To Lock Down Opponents

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Lawrence Buckley warms up in the State Championship game

It’s the state championship game at Ford Field and Chelsea’s Lawrence Buckley is dressed for the game but is cheering for his teammates  while he stands on the sidelines. Buckley, or Buck as he is known to his friends, is still not 100% to play after suffering a major injury at the beginning of the season. He had ruptured a tendon in one of his fingers severely before the season started and needed surgery and was done for the season. But although he suffered the injury he didn’t quit. And he didn’t give up.

“Last year at Ford Field was a great experience but I won’t lie, it was hard to feel a part of the team,”Buckley remembers. “But the guys on the team, they really put it in my head to get serious and become a leader. Jake Rhodes, Graham Kuras, Jordan Haber, Ryan Stasiak, and Bailey Edwards helped me to feel apart of the team when I was out so that’s why I stuck around and went to every practice. They made me feel real good about everything even though I was greatly disappointed I couldn’t help the team out.”

This season is different, though. Buckley is healed and has been looking great in practices and scrimmages. He brings his all-state track speed to his position of cornerback along with heart, great awareness, and hard hitting. He, along with Cam Cooper, look to make up on of the strongest cornerback combos around.

“Coach Moundrous has been working my legs and has helped me to get bigger and Coach Smith talked to me once and told me that I had a lot of potential this season but I have to get more serious about things,” Buckley said. “Every time it got hard in the weight room I would think of the conversation we had and after that I would attack whatever exercise I was doing, because I knew it would get me better than I was yesterday, so I knew I had to keep grinding and keep faith and hope that God will do his glory to help be succeed.”

And so far he has succeeded. He has made several heads up plays in pre-season and has intercepted several passes. He is locking down his opponents and along with Cooper, forcing opposing teams to make bad throws and plays. He has taken to being  a mentor helping younger players know their plays and what they should be doing and helping them out in a positive way.

“I think the team will do great this year,” Buckley states. “We have lots of young talent (Thomas Steele, Gus Reynolds, Patrick Bertoni, and more) and veterans that are willing to do whatever it takes for the team to succeed.”

Buckley has always been pushed in a positive direction by others also. Dan and Marijane Nelson have been very big positive influences in his life and his mother Rhonda Gibson has always supported him in many ways influencing him and encouraging him, as well as his sister Lanika.

“I’d be lost without my mom and the Nelson family,” Buckley stated. “They mean the world to me and I can’t say enough good things about them. I thank God every day they are all in my life.”

Buckley plans to major ln social work and minor in criminal justice after high school. He went to the state championships in track in 2016 for 3 events and he hopes to run track in college. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his  friends and enjoys going to “FCA”, fellowship of Christian athletes.

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Chelsea Track Makes History At Regionals

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Chelsea Boys And Girls Pose After  Their Triumph

The morning clouds broke way at the Monroe Jefferson High School as the Division 2 Regional 13 Track and Field regional got under way. The sun came out and started to warm things up but that wasn’t all that got heated up as the Chelsea Bulldogs Boys and Girls teams scorched their way into the history books. For the first time ever in Chelsea school history both teams took first place!

The boys put on a dominating performance as all their relay teams took first place and Senior Bailey Edwards, who will be playing football at Central Michigan University in the fall, won the 100 and 200 meter runs with times of 10.98 and 21.91 respectively. In the 400 it was Junior Christopher Roush taking first with a time of 51.10 while edging his teammate Junior Lawrence Buckley by 7/10 of a second.

Tom Oates took 2nd in the 1600 with a time of 4:24.6 and Noah Van Reesema jumped his way to victory in the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 14:74 and 38.45. Also qualifying for states for the boys were Brian O’Toole in the pole vault with a 11 feet 9 inch vault, and Elijah Dobos with an 11 feet 3 inch jump.

In the relays, it was all Chelsea all day as they took first in every relay which is almost unheard of in track. In the 4 x 100 it was a team of Cam Cooper, Ryan Stasiak, Zach Skogheim, and Edwards finishing with a time of 43:78. The 4 x 200 team of Cooper, Skogheim, Buckley, & Edwards finished with a time of 1:29.72. The 4 x 400 team of Van Reesema, Roush, Buckley, and Skogheim had a time of 3:27.14 and in the 4 x 800 the team  of Campbell Fahle, Lian Heaney, Connor Gilbreath, and Tom Oates had a great time of 8:20.67.

“Chelsea track has been leaving a legacy these past 3 years and I’m very proud that we are able to continue that legacy as we compete at states this year, Senior Captain Zach Skogheim proudly stated. “We have a very well-rounded team that helps us score points across the board even when it’s not first place which has been a huge help in our success. We have had our eyes set on the state meet all year and I’m very excited to see what comes from it.”

For the girls, the  team competed against 14 other schools and scored 104.5 points, while the next scoring team, Adrian, scored 70 points. They had 11 athletes earn State Qualifying status in 8 events and 13 athletes were involved in scoring at the Regional Meet.

“I want to say thank you to all the athletes, coaches, parents, and spectators in their support of these fine young men and women,” Coach Loren Thorburn said. “There were lots of special moments and memories during the day. I know there are a few athletes who did place in the meet or who did not achieve State Qualifying status; however, we came together as a team and supported each other through it. Thank you!”
State Qualifiers for the girls are as follows:

Hannah Almhiemid in 100m hurdles – Regional Runner-Up (Her time [15.79] is the 5th fastest time in Chelsea history.)

Jenna Gileczek in Pole Vault – Regional Runner-Up (Her jump [9’1″] is the 7th highest jump in school history.)

Allison Hughes in 4x800m Relay

Jesse Jacobusse in the 4x800m & 1600m – Regional Runner-Up (Her time [5:17.02] is the 5th fastest time in school history.)

Ailish Joyce in the 4x400m Relay

Kaehla Manly in the 4x400m Relay & 300m hurdles – Regional Champion (Her time [47.47] is the 6th fastest time in school history.)
Sydney Matusik in the 4x400m Relay & 400m dash (Her time [59.34] is the 4th fastest in school history.)
Laney Miller in the 4x400m Relay
Christine Schultz in the Pole Vault – Regional Champion (One of her earlier vaults  this year [11′] earned her a tie with 2nd place all-time highest jump in school history.)
Jacqueline Taylor in the 4x800m Relay
Karana Wickens in the 4x800m Relay & 3200m (Her time [11:39.48] is the 5th fastest in school history.)
Other members who scored points at the Regional Meet include Emily Morales (4×100 Relay – 5th) and Rachel Valek (Shot Put – 7th).
“I’m just very proud of all the work everyone has done throughout the season to get this far. Everyone deserves it,” hurdler Hannah Almhiemid stated.
The Chelsea athletes will travel to Zeeland High School on Saturday, June 4th to finish what they’ve started. The team is excited to go and are not just about themselves but about their school and community.
“It’s such an honor to be on a team filled with extremely talented people. Every single athlete has contributed to our wins,” Sophomore Kaehla Manly said. “We’ve had such a great season and it’s accomplishing to know that our hard work has paid off. We have one last place to check off from our season; States. So let’s give it 110% and make Chelsea proud!”

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Chelsea Girls Track Dominate Stockbridge Invitational

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The Chelsea Bulldogs girls track team competed Friday at the Stockbridge Invitational and came away with the big victory with a total of 113 points. Lily Francisco reached the shotput finals and placed 4th with a throw of  93″ 8″ in the discus. Other highlights included the girls 4×400 relay team of Matusik, Manly, Miller, & Joyce placing 4th with a time of 4:18.8. Karana Wickens & Allison Hughes placed 2nd & 3rd in their events with times of 11:54.1 & 12:06.1 respectively. Sydney Matusik took 5th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 63.5

Other highlights include Laney Miller taking 3 in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.7 and Jesse Jacobusse taking first in the 1600 with a time of 5:22.1 and 2nd in the 800 with a time of 2:24. Christine Schultz took 1stin the pole vault with a height of 9’6″ & Jenna Gileczek placed 2nd with a height of 9 feet. Hannah Almhiemid placed first  in the 100 with a time of 16.07 and also helped the 4x200m relay take 2nd with her teammates of Schultz,  Manly, and Matusik. The Bulldogs next meet is Friday at the SEC Championship at Tecumseh.

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