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Friday Night Lights Shine On Chelsea’s Andrew Klink

 

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Andrew Klink leads the team on the field in a home playoff game in 2015

It’s a frigid day in Jackson at Withington Stadium, the day after one of the worst blizzards in Jackson history. The snow was so bad it postponed the state semifinal football game between Chelsea & Coldwater for a day. The night before the game the Bulldog players are inudated with taunts on social media by the Coldwater players. The bulldogs don’t respond. At the game is when the Bulldogs respond as they overewhelmed Coldwater in the snow with a huge 35-7 victory!

“We do our talking on the field,” said Chelsea offensive lineman Andrew Klink. “They kept talking so much smack to us, we just ignored them and laughed. I couldn’t wait to play them to shut them up. That was a great game and our o-line did a great job and that’s the victory that  sent us to the state championship in Detroit.”

Klink, Angie or Klinker as he is know to his teammates, stands 6′ 4″ and weighs in at a solid 240 pounds and will be anchoring the left side of the offensive line for the Bulldogs this year.

“I have played baseball my whole life but I took a break last year to stay in the weight room and focus on football,” said Klink. “Last year I realized I have potential to play at the next level but I wasn’t happy with my strength so I decided to bulk up and focus on the gridiron. I still love baseball, I love football too, it’s so great forging friendships. When those lights go on Friday night, there’s just something about it”

Klink will be protecting the blind side of Bulldogs Quarterback Jack Bush this season and hoping to “pancake” defensive lineman.

“It’s a great responsibility to protect the blind side of the QB, which makes it a greater task and I’m glad the coaches feel I’m the man for the job, it’s an honor,” Klink states. “We have great coaches on our team and they make a big difference. I remember during a practice last year, we were doing short yard run against the defense and I was in and I had been angry about the last game which was the first game of the year and I thought I was practicing great and I didn’t get any playing time. So I made it my new mission to be as aggressive as I could but still play my position. And I was doing really good and  was dominating the guys across from me and Coach Moundrous pulls me aside and he said, “Don’t you think if you gave that much effort every play and pancaked guys just like that you would play more, even start?” And that wasn’t the last time he pulled me aside after doing something good or bad. It really clicked after that for me and I took it to heart and I’ve thought about that moment everytime Ive taken the field. Just go all out every play. It meant alot that a coach who didn’t coach my position but not even an offensive coach was critiquing me, it’s hard to describe. I’ll never forget that.”

Klink has a few colleges that have shown interest and hopes to have a big season and make a name for himself so he will get more offers. After High School he plans to go to college and play football and major in nursing specializing as a nurse anesthetist.

Klink thinks the team is going to do great this year. “We lost a lot of great players on both sides of the ball but our great coaching staff will have the team ready to go this season,” said Klink. “If everyone shows up to play and gives 100% and plays their position with a lot of heart, I feel we can beat anybody. We all have put in a lot of work and I wouldn’t trade our coaching staff for any other!”

Kilnk likes to listen to music in his spare time. He would also like to learn to play the piano someday. He loves to hangout with his dad (Tim) and mom (Celeste), hang with  friends, hunt, fish, and sometimes just drive around and chill and listen to music.

“I’m really excited about this season, I think the teams going to do great and our coaches will have us ready and we can’t be thin skinned when those lights get turned on Friday night.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea Quarterback Jack Bush Quiet Leader

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Chelsea Quarterback Jack Bush escapes from a defender in the 2015 State Championship game 

When Chelsea’s Jack Bush was 5 years old his parents noticed he was slower than most of the kids he was playing soccer with. They didn’t think much of it until it became more of a  limp. His mother, Laura, a pediatric emergency room nurse at U-M’s Children’s Hospital, decided to take their only son for X-rays.

The hospital called the family later that same night. The diagnosis was Perthes disease, a rare childhood condition in which the blood supply to the femur head is cut off and the bone’s cells die, causing major problems at the hip joint.

Jack had to be kept from running and sleep in braces every night, which is tough for any 5 year old but even worse for one who grew up in a sports family especially when his father Brad was an assistant football coach at Eastern Michigan University. Running was particularly dangerous because, with dead cells in the femur head, it wouldn’t take much to cause a dislocation. Jack’s picture was posted in the school with orders not to allow him to run at recess or attend gym class.

Fast forward several years to 2015 and it’s the Division 3 state State Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit where Jack has helped lead his Bulldog team to with his throwing and his running! In what can be only defined as a blessing and maybe even a miracle Jack has no signs of Perthes as he breaks several tackles and carries the ball for a first down. Jack would finish the season with over 1,700 passing yards, 17 touchdown passes, and 9 rushing touchdowns. Not bad for a young quarterback who shared playing time the first half of the season and who many thought as a young child would probably walk with pain or a limp, let alone be able to run.

That championship game was the greatest football  moment in Jack’s life. The place was packed with Chelsea fans cheering for their Bulldogs. It was the first time Chelsea had ever made it to the state championship game and hopefully not the last.

“I’ve been playing football for as long as I can remember,’ says Jack who also plays basketball and baseball. “Football is by far my favorite sport. I think it’s mainly to me being around it with my dad my whole life.”

Jack, who’s father Brad is the Head Coach at Chelsea, feels a lot of pressure at times because of the name and situation he is in, being coaches son. But he doesn’t let it affect him on the field because he has a job to do and he knows what it is so he shrugs off the detractors.

“It’s hard at times. I get ridiculed a lot, get called names. People cry favoritism so I feel I really have to prove myself more,” said Jack. “I sometimes feel like there is a bit extra pressure because of that. But I know better, but still, it can be tough.”

Jack proved any critics wrong last season and is hoping for an even better season this year as he has secured the number 1 position. He has looked sharp in pre-season scrimmages and has remained very focused.

Like his favorite quarterback Peyton Manning Jack does most of his talking on the field. He tries to emulate him with his decision making and maintaining grace under pressure. When Jack feels pressure in the pocket he knows when to make the right decision. But he also knows when to take off and get the extra yardage needed.

Chelsea lost many great players from that championship team last year but are reloaded for another possible championship run. But they have a very tough schedule ahead of them as usual, starting with their opening game at Wayne State against state champion runner-ups River Rouge.

“We have a very young team but we have a very fast team,” said Jack. ” We have a lot of guys coming back from last season and we are going to need different players to step up. We have high expectations this year.”

Jack has attended several quarterback camps including A4 QB Camp and Northwestern. He not only excels on the field but in the classroom with a 3.88-grade point average and he takes several AP classes. Jack lives in Chelsea with his parents and his siblings, Janie and Grace.

“I’m really looking forward to this season,” Jack stated. “I’m hoping for an even  better season than last and I hope I can help the team out even more, and hoping we can finish.”

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Chelsea Football​ Looking to Finish

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Chelsea Senior Quarterback Jack Bush looks to lead his Bulldogs to the state championship game again 

Chelsea sports teams will take on anyone, anywhere, anytime. They don’t care how much bigger the school is or better the team is, they will take them on. It gives them a good measuring stick of just how good their own teams are. And that is what the Bulldogs football team has been doing the last few weeks as they have been competing against many other teams in 7 on 7 scrimmages with the “skill” players on the team. Most of the teams they’ve been competing against were playoff teams last year as well as some of the top teams in their respective conferences and areas. And the Bulldogs welcomed them all at Jerry Niehaus Field.

The Bulldogs are led by Senior Quarterback Jack Bush who helped lead his team to the state championship game  last season at Ford Field in Detroit. Bush looked sharp in the scrimmages using his excellent field vision and quick decision-making ability making some very excellent passes to his bevy of receivers. His short passes are placed on the money and quick and his deep passes are on the mark and crisp.

The Bulldogs receivers feature some of the fastest young men in the area. Senior Chris Roush showed off his speed, hands, and route-running skills catching about everything that came his way. Seniors Al Vasquez and Travis Frazier, lining up at the Tight End position, showed off their skills and size. Bryce Jubenville, who has not played football since his freshman year, showed no signs of it as he made several highlight reel catches. There are many great offensive players including Mikal Nelson, Gus Reynolds, Thomas Steele (who also backs up Bush at QB), and Jared Hansen.

“I’m shaking off the rust,” said Jubenville. “It’s been a long time since I’ve played but it feels good to be back on the field with the team.”

One notable player who plays both sides of the ball is Senior Cam Cooper who has been listed as one of the top players in Michigan to watch this season. Cooper made several great catches on offense and broke up many passes on defense including making several outstanding interceptions.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team,” Cooper stated. “We didn’t win it all last year but we’re hungry, we were there. We want to go back and get it all. We have a lot of speed and some great lineman this season. We’re going to compete and finish!”

Also on the defensive side of the ball are Senior linebacker Drew Anstead who has shown off his speed and strength. Senior Lawrence Buckley has played outstanding at cornerback locking down everyone that comes near him and has made several big pass breakups and interceptions.  Senior Cole Septer has played outstanding too. Septer has a great read on the ball and is know for his hard hitting.

This team is deep with talent at every position and has a lot of great young talent waiting to help when the time arrives. They have a great coaching staff that recognizes these are student-athletes and coaches them on the field as well as off. Although Chelsea has a tough schedule, starting at Wayne State against a very tough state champion runner-up team, River Rouge, the coaches will have the team prepared and ready for the season and hopefully get them back to Ford Field where they can finish!

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Chelsea Hires New Boys Head Basketball Coach

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Head Coach Josh Tropea celebrates his team’s victory in the 2016 season

Chelsea’s Josh Tropea has been a winner everywhere he goes and has a knack for turning basketball programs around. He showed that when he took Milan from a 2 win season before he took over and turned then into Class B State Champions in 2014, in just 5 short years. He has been Chelsea’s head coach the last two seasons and he took over a struggling 3 win program and got them tied for second place in the SEC White Division in this last season, with a 16-6 record, the Bulldogs best in 9 years. But now he has decided it’s time to move up and he recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Spring Arbor University. He will still remain a special education teacher at Beach Middle School in Chelsea.

On Wednesday morning, Chelsea Athletic Director Brad Bush announced the promotion of Mark Moundros as Tropea’s replacement. Moundros has served as an assistant with the boys program for four years and is also a teacher at Chelsea High School.

“We are excited to keep the continuity of the program moving forward,” Bush said in an email. “Mark has great respect amongst the students and staff. He will do a great job continuing to move our program forward.”

Tropea leaves Chelsea in a good position with 8 players returning for their senior season and 6 with 3-year varsity experience. Not to mention he is leaving them in good hands with Moundros and all the great memories, advice, and experience Tropea has taught the players.

Now Tropea will  get a chance to prove his worth in the college coaching world while working under Spring Arbor coach Ryan Cottingham.

Spring Arbor is coming off an 8-22 season during which it won two of 18 games in the Division II Crossroads League of the NAIA. The program last had a winning record in 2012-13 when it went 23-12 overall

“We are adding one of the top coaches in the state to our staff,” Cottingham said in a press release. “He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the game, and he is committed to impacting lives.

“Josh is a ‘basketball junkie’ with contagious energy and a drive to excel. He makes an outstanding staff even better, and I am blessed to be surrounded by such an incredible group of individuals.”

The Cougars open the 2016-17 season Oct. 28 at the Crossroads League/WHAC Challenge at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.

We here at SEMS wish coach Tropea all the best in his new venture and thank him for the hard work he did at Chelsea.

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Southeast Michigan Sports Network Chosen To Cover College Football’s Biggest Event

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On September 10, 2016, Bristol Motor Speedway will transform its iconic short track into a world-class football stadium for the inaugural Battle at Bristol, College Football’s Biggest EVER, featuring a border battle between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers. The big showdown is expected to shatter all college football attendance records by hosting 160,000 fans!

Depending on exactly where you stand in the twin city of Bristol, you might be in Tennessee or Virginia. About 110 miles to the West is Knoxville and the University of Tennessee. About 125 miles to the East is Blacksburg and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech.

The Volunteers initially started playing football in 1891. The Hokies took to the gridiron just one year later. However, despite their pigskin history and shared border, the schools have only played each other eight times — first in 1896, last in 2009 at the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Vols lead the all-time series 5-3.

However, the ninth installment could be what transforms Tennessee-Virginia Tech into a legitimate rivalry. Bristol Motor Speedway, a half-mile racetrack and the self-proclaimed “last great colosseum” on the NASCAR circuit, will transform into a monster football stadium. With a capacity of about 150,000 and even more auxiliary seating in the works, the crowd is expected to be in the neighborhood of 160,000 for the game.

And I am very proud to announce that after months of applying for credentials and going through many lengthy secure processes that Southeast Michigan Sports (SEMS) has been selected as one of the media outlets to cover the game with full press and photo credentials!

There are many student-athletes representing both teams from the state of Michigan and nearby Ohio and also many coaches including Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones. This is a great opportunity for SEMS.

SEMS has covered many big games in the past including Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers games and many high school football games as well as other sports. Follow us to see all our coverage leading up to the big game and beyond.

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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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State Champion Bowler Brianna Fish Signs College Letter Of Intent

 

 

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State Champion Bowler Brianna Fish signs letter of intent to Huntington University

 

On Saturday, April 30th surrounded by family and coaches, Vandercook Lake Hgh School Senior and Division 4 State Singles Bowling Champion Brianna Fish signed her Letter of Intent to bowl at Huntington University in the Fall. Huntington, located just south of Fort Wayne Indiana, is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic areas. It is affiliated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. And the Foresters, as they are called, are known to have a great bowling team.

Brianna, who has been bowling for 4 years, has been a part of 2 state champion bowling teams as well as being named the Division 4 State Singles Champion this past year.

“It was so much pressure and really nerve-wracking,” Brianna said about bowling in the final which got her the state championship. “But I felt so calm as I knew it was happening, it was unbelievable. When I first started bowling  I never thought (state champion) was possible. I’ve come a long way in 4 years. I’m just super happy that I’ve accomplished so much.”

Brianna contributes much of her skill to her High School coach Todd Reichard. She says “he has helped her develop as a better bowler and was a big influence on her and her team as well.”

Brianna joins a long list of great bowlers from Vandercook Lake joining other state champions Dee Dee Briggs, Nicole Crabtree, and Malloree Ambs. Brianna’s best memory from her years of bowling was  making new friends and winning team and individual states.

Brianna, who is a very involved student and is the top student in her graduating class,  will attend Huntington in the fall where she will be doing a double major in social work and psychology, as well as bowling for her new Head Coach Jim Bischoff.  She chose Huntington because “She likes the people, they’re influential, interactive, and they know what they’re talking about. They’re very knowledgeable in their areas. There are a lot of opportunities in the social work field in that area. The bowling coach is super nice and I think he had me before my senior year even started. But I needed to look for a school and not just bowling. The school will be super beneficial for me and bowling in college with an amazing coach will just add on to the whole experience!

Brianna is the daughter of Joe and Tara Fish. Her father Joe was an outstanding scholar-athlete for the University of Michigan’s wrestling team and also is the owner of Twisted Ink Tattoo Shop in Vandercook Lake. Her younger sister Kayla attends Grass Lake High School where she bowls for the Warriors varsity team.

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