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Chelsea Lacrosse Falls To Dewitt

 

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Chelsea’s Nick Whitesall drives for a shot against Dewitt

On a very warm night with a slight breeze coasting over the field the Chelsea Lacrosse team played host to the Dewitt Panthers and were looking to get back on the winning track. Dewitt came in at .500 and were fighting for a victory themselves.

The Bulldogs started out strong with Max Gervais striking with a quick goal. But Dewitt came back and both teams swapped goals but in the end Dewitt hung in there for the 9-5 victory.

The Bulldogs were led by Gervais & Cameron Breining with 2 goals each. Mikal Nelson had a goal also with an assist. Breining had an assist and led the team with 14 shots on net. The Bulldogs host Ann Arbor Huron Friday night at 7 p.m.

 

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Williamston Basketball’s Freshman Mitchell Cook Looking To The Future

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Williamston’s Mitchell Cook Drives for 2 in the quarterfinals game 

Basketball season might be over for some but not for Williamston Hornet Freshman Mitchell Cook. Cook will be practicing as much as possible and be getting ready for next season as his Hornets look to go deep into the Class B basketball playoffs again. In 2016 the Hornets made it to the state semi-finals at the Breslin Center, while this past year they were defeated on a 3-point shot with only 3 seconds left in the quarterfinals.

It takes a lot of talent to be able to play on the Williamston team, coached by Class B Coach of the year Tom Lewis. There are high expectations each and every season. But Cook was able to make the team as a freshman, which says a lot about his playing ability, as well as earning a spot starting as the season went on.

Cook has been playing competitive basketball since the  4th grade. He knew he was going to make varsity on the last day of tryouts.

“It felt really good to make varsity,” Cook said. “it was great to know that all my hard work and dedication has paid off.”

Cook had an excellent freshman season as he brought an extra spark and intensity to a great team. He didn’t feel the pressure of playing against more experienced and bigger and older competition because he feels he brings a toughness to the team and some great defensive skills.

“I didn’t feel any pressure until really late in the regular season and postseason, knowing that’s when you really have to minimize your mistakes,” Cook explained. “But although the games got tougher, so did my team.”

In the semi-final game against River Rouge, Cook drove the baseline and made a great underhanded shot and was appeared to be fouled on the play but the referee strangely called a charging foul against Cook and River Rouge was able to hit a 3 point shot for the victory with almost no time left.

“That was really tough,” Cook said. “I took that loss pretty hard and so did my team. Especially the seniors because that was the last high school game ever.”

Williamston brings back another team of talent next season and the young Cook has gained much experience along with several of his teammates and they look to make another big run for the championship next season.

“I feel like next year we can go just as far if not farther,” Cook stated. “Knowing that we have a lot of great guys coming back.”

Cook is the son of Andy and Jen Cook. He has an older sister Sadie and a younger sister Sophie.

 

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Chelsea’s Joey Mangner Outstanding Swimmer

Chelsea’s standout senior Joey Mangner has capped a career that’s seen him win two MHSAA championship. s Mangner swam the fastest 50-yard freestyle time in Michigan this winter (20.78 seconds) to win the race at Saturday’s Southeastern Conference White championship meet and was part of three more victories and four school records total to earn the Michigan Army National Guard’s “Performance of the Week.”

Mangner also won the 100 freestyle (46.50) and swam on winning 200 medley (1:35.59) and 400 freestyle (3:12.10) relays as Chelsea finished second to Dexter, the reigning MHSAA champion in Lower Peninsula Division 2. Chelsea is ranked No. 3 in LPD3 and finished third last season, and Mangner has played a significant part in helping the program rise over his four seasons. He’s an eight-time conference champion and as a freshman helped the Bulldogs to their first league title since 1995. He’s an 11-time all-stater, with individual titles in the 50 as a sophomore and as anchor of the medley relay last season. He’s also earned All-America status in both of those events and is part of five Chelsea pool records in addition to the four school bests.

 

“Joey is an extremely gifted young man,” Chelsea Head Coach Dave Jolly said. ” He has the ability to do some of the most amazing things in the water. What is even more special is how humble he has stayed throughout all his acclaim. He is all about his team and watching them all be successful. It has been a true honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to work with him over these past four years.”

“Out biggest rival was Dexter, in conference at least, and we knew they had a lot more depth than us, a lot more people, and we knew it would be hard to compete team-wise and scoring wise,” Mangner said of the league meet. “Going especially into my senior year, with all the other seniors, we wanted to do the best we could. It’s probably one of my favorite meets. At the state meet level, it’s more about being super serious, super on. This (league meet), being at home, knowing the teams close to us, it’s more of a fun meet, for me at least. I was trying to have as much fun as I could have with it and finish off the league as best I could.”

“When I think about last year, there was a lot of pressure on me,” Mangner stated. “I had won the 50 as a sophomore, and coming back my junior year as the defending champ, I had all the pressure. Going into this year, I can’t do anything that isn’t better than last year, and that takes a little weight off my shoulders.”

“It just shows if you just try hard, try your best at something, you can do whatever you want to achieve,” Mangner said on the Chelsea swim team rise in performance. “In the offseason, I didn’t swim as much as other guys did – I still practiced, but I didn’t go to every single meet – so it’s just exciting to be one of the better swimmers to come out of Chelsea.”

“I did water polo all four years as well, and I tried track my sophomore year but I didn’t like that too much, Mangner  stated discussing his Chelsea sports career. “But I like to play pretty much any sport. If basketball season wasn’t the same as swim season, I definitely would’ve given basketball a try, and I also think baseball is fun.”

“It definitely would be fun to win the medley again,” Mangner said discussing his dream finals finish. “Coming back from last year, I’d hopefully love to be the champion in the 50 free. I’m looking at the 100 (free) more so for getting the varsity record; I’m not too worried what place I get in the 100. One of our relays, the 200 or 400 free, we’re going to stack on them and go for a state (LP Division 3) record. For the 50 I’ve tied the D3 record so I would love to get that.”

Mangner intends to swim collegiately next season and likely will choose between Oakland University and University at Buffalo, with a course of study to be determined.

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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 Basketball’s Nicole Bareis Leads The Way

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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 JV Girls Coast To Victory

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Rachel Melody drives for a Chelsea score

The Chelsea Bulldogs girls junior varsity team played a well-balanced game on both sides of the ball on their way to a big 55-39 victory over the Okemos Chiefs. Chelsea got off to a slow start in the first quarter as they couldn’t get their shots to fall. Okemos took an early lead with their inside strength. But then Chelsea finally got the shots to drop to catch up with the Chiefs and were able to take a 3 point lead into the half.

Chelsea coach Andrea Hollandsworth made several great adjustments as they were able to penetrate the Chief’s defense as Jenna Fosdick took charge crashing the boards and getting some good layups. The Bulldog defense tightened up and only allowed 6 points in the 3rd quarter.

In the 4th the Chiefs fought back but the Bulldogs didn’t roll over as they held their lead forcing turnovers and executing great plays.

Fosdick almost had a double-double finishing the night as the Bulldogs leading scorer with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. When told how close she was to a double-double she said, “I had a feeling. I knew I was close. But as long as the team wins that’s all that matters.”

Almost every one of the Bulldogs got involved with the scoring as Gabby Udell put up 11 points, Caitlin Dusenberry 8, and Jordan Holton finished with 7. Kyle Bragg played a solid all-around game and finished with 4 points while stifling the Chiefs with her defense getting 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.

The Bulldogs hit the road on Groundhogs day Thursday to face off against Tecumseh.

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Jackson Christian Falls to St. Philip Tigers

 

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 Royal Alexis Hannewald 

 

The Jackson Christian girls basketball team hosted the St. Philip Fighting Tigers on Friday night and were looking to pick up another victory on the season. But the Fighting Tigers had other plans for the Royals as they dominated early and took a 13-0 lead en route to a 76-42 victory.

The Royals couldn’t get any offense going early on as it took them almost four minutes to erase the zero on the scoreboard. The Fighting Tigers cruised to a big 36-14 halftime lead.

After adjustments at the half, the Royals came out on fire to try to erase a 31 point deficit. Junior Alexis Hannewald kept driving hard to the basket and when she didn’t score, she got trips to the charity stripe. But in the fourth quarter, the Royals started to tire as the Fighting Tigers kept them at bay on their way to their 8th victory of the season against 4 losses.

The royals were led by Hannewald with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Senior Sierra Chevalier finished the night with 10 points while Cassidy McNeil, who turned 18 on gameday, finished with 8 points. One of the bright spots for the Royals on the evening was a surprise party for McNeil after the game in the school cafeteria attended by her family and friends.

The Royals look to get on the winning track at East Jackson at 7 p.m.

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