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Chelsea To Promote 1991 Championship Baseball Team With Heart For The Game Movie

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Chelsea’s 1991 Championship Baseball Team (Photo by Brian Hamilton)

According to fans around the state, Chelsea’s 1991 baseball team is the greatest team in Michigan prep sports history! Earlier this year Mlive had a fan vote and the Bulldogs team came in first overwhelmingly with 40,500 votes, almost 37% of all votes. And now they are being honored with a locally produced feature film called “Heart for the Game”.

Their feature premiere will be a red carpet gala event at the Chelsea High School Auditorium (740 North Freer Road) on Saturday, August 19th from 7-9 P.M. The family friendly event is free and is intended to bring the community together to celebrate the events of athletics, past and present. Donations will be accepted at the door with 100% of the proceeds going to the Chelsea Athletic Boosters and will be earmarked for their project to construct new athletic display cases near the gymnasium.

The movie is a Video Farm documentary directed by Robert Coelius and produced by Kerry and Theresa Plank. It is a ’30 for 30’ style full-length feature documenting the 1991 State Championship baseball team. Key participants and witnesses recall the events of a unique and historic baseball team 25 years later. The team overcame adversity on and off the field and won 11 of 33 games when tied or losing in the final at-bat. The team beat the #1, #4, and #2 teams in succession and won the championship game in dramatic come-from-behind fashion.

Appearing in the film are local Chelsea icons, Craig Common (Owner and Chef of the Common Grill), Jeff Daniels (Actor who has appeared in many movies including Blood Work with Clint Eastwood and Pleasantville and also the founder of the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea), Howdy Holmes (President and CEO of Jiffy Mix in Chelsea and former Indy driver), and Chelsea Mayor Jason Lindauer to name a few. 

The Bulldogs a had a knack for making late-game comebacks in that miraculous season. Of the team’s 33 victories in 1991, 13 were in the Bulldogs’ last at-bat, including the Class B state championship game.

Midland Bullock Creek scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-3 lead, but Chelsea rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning. It was the team’s 20th-straight win after beginning the season 13-3.

The Bulldogs had several players move on to play at the next level, led by catcher Adam Taylor, who played at the University of New Mexico before playing three years in the minor leagues, reaching the double-A level.

Pitcher Jake Rindle played at Michigan State and Central Michigan, while Rob Clem moved on to play at Hillsdale College. The pitching duo combined to go 22-1 for the Bulldogs in 1991.

“It was such a great group of guys,” Chelsea coach Wayne Welton said. “We had a 25-year anniversary get-together at my house last summer, and we probably could have gone out and played somebody and won in our last at-bat that day, too. It was such a fun group. I love those guys.”

Key Participants in the film are Welton (former Chelsea baseball coach and former athletic Director), Todd Starkey (1988 CHS Graduate and former coach), and 1991 CHS Graduates Kerry Plank, Tucker Steele, Jude Quilter, Jeremy Stephens, Rick Westcott, Rob Clem, and Craig Ferry. Also featured are 1990 Chelsea graduates Adam Taylor (current Chelsea coach), Ben Hurst, Jake Rindle, Rob Jaques, Jason Adams, and 2001 graduate Molly Welton-Boyle.

The documentary trailer can be found at Chelsea Heart For The Game Movie Trailer

Also for information or to RSVP you can go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/444311302593205?__mref=mb

As of this writing, there are approximately 300 RSVP’s thus far.

 

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The 1991 State Champions at their 25th reunion

 

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Chelsea Student-Athletes Make History

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Senior Jack Bush poses with the Chelsea basketball district championship trophy

Chelsea High School is known for its academics. It was recently listed by the U.S. News as the 7th ranked school in the state of Michigan, the only public school to crack the top 10. That’s an excellent ranking since there are over 1,500 high schools in Michigan. Nationally it was listed number 554 out of almost 40,000 high schools! The student body of Chelsea have a 56% ranking in Advanced Placement classes and have very high test scores. Not too shabby for a town of just over 5,000 people.

But academics isn’t all Chelsea is about. They put a good focus on athletics and encourage all students to participate and many of the students will play more than 1 sport. The athletic department is strong and solid and many students go on to earn sports scholarships for Division 1 schools,  and some even have gone on to play professional sports.

This year, a few students have done something that hasn’t been done in quite a while and is very rare for most student athletes. Jack Bush, Hunter Neff, Quinn Starkey, Thomas Steele, and Alex Vasquez have all etched their names in the Chelsea record books as they are among the few student-athletes in the long history of Chelsea sports that have won 3 district championships in one year!

Bush was the starting quarterback for Chelsea the past couple seasons and was a key element of leading the Bulldogs to the MHSAA Class B state championship in 2015. He also started for the basketball team and this year’s baseball team which just clinched a district title last Saturday. Bush will attend Hope College in the fall where he will look to carry on his illustrious football career.

Neff was a part of this years football, and baseball team, and was called up for the districts in basketball.

Starkey played on the basketball team, the baseball team, and was called up for the Districts in football.

Steele was the Bulldogs leading rusher in football last season as well as winning a district championship with the Bulldogs hockey team. He also will be on the field looking for a regional title in baseball, after sealing up a district championship last weekend.

Vasquez starred at end for the Bulldogs football team this past season and was also a part of the state championship runner-ups in 2015. He used his size and strength to help the Bulldogs win districts not only on the gridiron, but on the basketball court, and for this year’s baseball team. Vasquez will be taking his talents to Michigan State University in the fall.

The Bulldogs baseball team will head to Carleton-Airport on June 10th where they will be taking on the South Lyon East Cougars and will be looking to win the regional playoff and help bring more hardware to Chelsea, the city of champions.

 

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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 Senior Receivers Look To Make Big Impact

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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 Baseball Falls To Tecumseh

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Senior Collin Steinhauer Pitches for the Bulldogs

On a beautiful Spring afternoon the 2-5 Chelsea baseball team played host to the 5-3 Tecumseh Indians. Senior Collin Steinhauer started on the mound for the Bulldogs and he set down the first batter he faced with 3 straight strikes. But the Indians took advantage of a few miscues and quickly jumped to a 3-0 lead. Chelsea answered back at the bottom of the inning when Thomas Steele reached first on a single and was able to advance and eventually score on a fielders choice.

Neither team would score again until the third when Tecumseh had 6 hits which led to 3 more runs. Evan Hafley then took the mound for the Bulldogs and kept the Indians off the board but then the Indians added 3 more runs off 5 hits in the 5th inning to take a 9-1 lead. Try as they might the Chelsea bats just couldn’t get anything going.

Senior Matt Kimball finished the game on the mound for the Bulldogs and kept the Indians off the board. With a few minor substitutions in the bottom of the 7th the Bulldogs were able to get some base runners but were not able to take advantage.

Aaron Luci pitched the entire game for the Indians and finished with a 9-1 victory while only allowing 1 run on 2 hits and had 3 strikeouts while giving up 5 walks. Tecumseh host Onsted on Friday.

Chelsea’s only hits of the game came from Steele and Jake Rhodes who had a double. The 2-6 Bulldogs look to get back on the winning track at a quad meet this Saturday at home on Field 3 at 10 a.m.

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Chelsea, City Of Champions

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Chelsea’s Division 1 Regular Season championship Field Hockey Team 

Chelsea Michigan is a city of about 5,000 residents about 15 miles to the west of Ann Arbor conveniently located off of Interstate 94. It is home to eclectic shops, various ranges of dining from casual to upscale, and is home to the famous Purple Rose theater. It is also home to the Chelsea High School Bulldogs which produces scholar students and athletes.

This past year Chelsea had 15 sports teams from their school achieve championship status in conference, district, or regional play. And on December 18th they were all honored in a special ceremony at the halftime of the basketball games.  Each team was brought out individually and celebrated in front of a packed gym.

Out of an enrollment of 850 students 620 students play at least one sport. Having 15 champions cannot be confirmed as a record but athletic director Brad Bush says “it could be.” Last year Chelsea had 12 teams honored.  The success of the athletes is matched by that in the classroom as many teams celebrated GPA achievements as well.

Winter Champions, 2014-15

Girls Basketball: SEC and District, school record 21 wins, second consecutive conference title, third consecutive district championship.

Boys Swimming: SEC and state runner-up, 18-2, second straight conference title, broke five varsity records, 12 All-State awards, qualified for All-America in five events.

Wrestling: District champion, 23-14, won Flint Beecher, Grass Lake and Chelsea invitationals and finished second at the South Lyon Invite.

Hockey: SEC champion, 16-8-2, champions for fourth straight year for seniors and eighth year overall. Had three seniors (the least ever) and 10 freshman and sophomores (most ever).

Spring 2015 Champions:

Boys Golf: SEC and regional champions, undefeated in White Division matches, won year-end White Division Conference tournament by 22 shots, first regional title for golf team in more than 30 years, finished 11th at state, best in 10 years.

Softball: SEC and district champions, finished 36-4, second straight SEC White title

Girls Tennis: SEC champions, won the league for the highest finish in the program’s history.

Boys Track: Regional champions, third straight regional title, several individual regional champions: Mike Smith, discus; Noah Van Reesema, 300 hurdles; Bailey Edwards, 100 and 200 meters; 4×200 and 4×100 meter relays, Edwards, Buckley, Skogheim, Nelson and McDowell.

Lacrosse: SEC Champions, first conference title in history, finished 9-7, including OT wins over Dexter and Tecumseh, four players named to 1st Team All-Conference and 2 honorable mentions, five players received academic award.

Fall 2015 Champions:

Football: District, regional champions, state runner-up, first team to make it to state championship at Ford Field, finished 12-2, school record 12 wins, Team Academic All-State Highest GPA in state at Division 3.

Volleyball: SEC Champions, SEC White Championship, undefeated in conference play, finished 41-13-4, won Skyline and Chelsea invitationals, MIVCA Team Academic All State, five seniors earned MIVCA individual Academic All-State Awards

Girls Cross Country: SEC and regional Champions, SEC White Championship, finished first in 10 of 13 meets, six All-League Runners, regional champions for third straight year, finished 15th at state meet.

Boys Soccer: SEC Champions, first SEC White Championship in 10 years, scored 71 goals for school record, allowed 18 goals in 22 games.

Boys Tennis: SEC Champions, sixth straight league title, qualified for state tournament for eighth straight year, scored 32 of 32 points at conference tournament, earning all 12 members all-SEC honors, finished 15-3-1.

Field Hockey: Division 1 regular season champions, state runner-up, won Division 1 regular season title (11-1-1), 10 shutouts, scored 33 goals, while allowing only 6, runner-up at state tournament, several players named to Division 1 All-State teams, more than any other school. Maggie Cole earned spot on Midwest All Region Team for third year.

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