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Chelsea’s Ronnie Buford Announces College Commitment

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Chelsea Bulldog Ronnie Buford picks off a pass in his junior season

The Chelsea High School football team has produced yet another great young athlete to commit to a Division 1 college as Junior Ronnie Buford announced that he has officially committed to Western Michigan University (WMU) to continue his football career.

Ronnie has committed to the Broncos as a defensive end, where he excelled for the 11-1 Bulldogs team in 2016. The 6 foot 4 inch Buford also excels on the basketball court where he and his Bulldog teammates won the Districts in their division last season.  Buford moved recently to Chelsea from Ann Arbor where he was the starting quarterback for Skyline, but he was moved to defensive end for the Bulldogs where they could take advantage of his size and speed.

“The adjustment from offense to defense wasn’t a real big deal to me,” Ronnie stated. “It was a smooth transition because I understood both offensive and defensive schemes and learned quickly what my coaches were teaching me.”

Many colleges noticed Ronnie’s play in his first year on defense and were interested in him and he and his family visited many of them to get a feel for the community and check out the academics to see if the fit was right for him. Ronnie took his time and with the help of his loving family, friends, and coaches finally decided on his gridiron home for the 2018 season.

“The decision was hard, yet easy. We went to many places but when we went to WMU I just knew I wanted to be a Bronco after the first unofficial visit,” Ronnie stated. “As soon as I stepped foot on the Bronco’s football field,  I just had this feeling that I had at no other visit! It was a confirmation feeling like I belonged there.”

Ronnie also gives much credit to the WMU coaches for making him and his family feel comfortable on their visit.

“They treated me and my family so nice,” Ronnie said. “They were extremely good to my little brother and I could tell this was a great, solid family organization like Chelsea football is. And that’s what I’m all about, family.”

Ronnie plans to major in Business and get a minor in civil engineering while enjoying all the community of Kalamazoo and WMU have to offer. Ronnie is the son of Willie Buford, and Shallis and Laura Mask.

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Chelsea’s Nyck Udell Announces College Commitment

On Tuesday, Chelsea High School Senior Nyck Udell officially signed his commitment letter to continue his great bowling career at Adrian College. The young Bulldog is excited about this opportunity.  Nyck is the son of proud parents Rodney and Carm Udell

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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’s Lily Francisco, Diving is her life

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Chelsea Swim & Dive Captain Lily Francisco gets prepared for a dive 

When you first meet Chelsea Senior Lily Francisco you notice her smile, her positive attitude, and happy go lucky personality. But when the captain of the Chelsea Swim and Dive team stands on that diving board she’s a whole different person as she focuses mentally at the task at hand. She gets in a zone and she’s good at what she does and she loves it.

Lily has been diving since before the summer of 6th grade. She had done gymnastics for about 10 years before that and was also cheerleading. But there was just something that drew her to diving and she has never looked back.

“I wanted to try something new, something I could always learn and improve on,” said Lily reflecting on her decision to commit to diving. “I wanted a sport with new things I could always try and a sport I could never get bored with.”

Lily is always practicing, trying new things. And she enjoys what she does and has fun with it. She knows it’s a very tough sport and can be scary in many different ways standing on that board not knowing what could happen next.

“It can be terrifying up there,” explained Lily. “It can be very nerve-wracking. Some people don’t understand but other divers do. You have to be a little crazy to do this sport. But every time you get the new dive it’s like a giant weight lifted off your chest and it’s amazing!”

When Lily gets a bit nervous or fearful of a dive or when she notices someone feeling that way she has a little thing she came up with to help herself and others. She dances.

“For the past two years I’ve been telling the divers to “dance it off”, it’s my little thing,” explained Lily. “It’s like if you’re freaking out over a dive, you need a little distraction so you can get it out of your head. And dancing seems to help. All you need to do is dance. It doesn’t have to be pretty dancing, you could look like a total fool but it actually works. You dance until you’re ready and then you just go!”

With the choice of her sport though comes injuries and hardships and she knows it but works through it. In 2015 Lily had a bad bout of tendinitis in her knee but once she was feeling better she got right back on the board as soon as she could.

Lily likes to look back on her diving career and see how far she’s come. She knows that if she hadn’t challenged herself and conquered her fears she wouldn’t be the diver she is today. And all her hard work and dedication has paid off. In 2015 she went to the state finals which she states is her biggest accomplishment.

“It was an amazing experience being able to stand on the podium even though it was for 14th place,” Lily explained about going to the second day of states. “I was just so proud of everyone around me because we all have put in so much effort to get where we were and that makes me so happy. Plus I had made friends with many of the amazing divers and I was so happy for them because they truly deserved to be top in the state.”

Diving must be in the Francisco bloodline as her inspiration and the person she calls her biggest influence and role model, her older sister Wilhelmina, is also a diver. She now dives in college and Lily hopes to join her next year.

“I am so proud of my older sister Wilhelmina,” Lily happily states. “She has accomplished so much and has gone so far in diving. She pushes me to become a better diver and I am lucky to call her my sister!”

Lily does really well in school because she realizes as a student-athlete scholastics are a big part of her future. She is taking a health science (nursing) class and since this is her second year doing it, she gets to do an internship at a doctor’s office.

“I’m extremely lucky to have a program like this and to have been part of such a great community,” Lily states. “Plus to have amazing teachers is the best thing I could have ever.”

On Thursday night, the 20th, Lily will be honored along with the other seniors on the swim and dive team before their 6 o’clock meet against Tecumseh.  Taylor Brodbeck (captain), Katy Dickinson (captain), Clara Nelsen, and Molly Olk will all receive their recognition as seniors and all they have accomplished in their prestigious careers.

“I’m so proud of all my teammates and my team,” Lily said. “They all mean so much to me and the team is just going to keep getting better. We have such a great coaching staff, all the coaches I’ve had have been amazing. They push me to be a better person and a better diver. Coach Burris and Coach Kristy are both phenomenal coaches and I wouldn’t be to the level that I am today without them.”

Lily has a lot of support with her team and friends but also from her family too. Todd Francisco (dad), sister Wilhemina, Marie Vollmer (mom), Ron Vollmer (Stepdad), and her biggest yet tiniest fans, her twin sisters  Els & Delanie Vollmer. Her twin sisters look up to Lily and love watching her and will cheer for her.

Lily hopes to go states again this year. She hopes to dive at Saginaw Valley State University next year and attend school for a nursing degree. In the springtime, Lily will be out on the track competing and excelling in the throwing competitions for Chelsea Track and Field. She will  also be practicing her dives and trying to learn new ones in her free time.

“I don’t like taking breaks from this sport,” sad Lily. “Seriously, diving is my life!”

 

 

 

 

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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 Footballs “Shake & Bake” Duo

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Chelsea Football’s Cash Shegan And Kyle Bell

Some friendships are crafted over time and some just happen on the spot naturally. And Chelsea Seniors Cash Shegan and Kyle Bell’s friendship has been since the day they met. They have become best friends over the years. They hang out together, ride horses in rodeo together, and are 2 starters side by side on the defensive line for the Chelsea Bulldog football team. They have been dubbed with the nickname “shake and bake” since the 8th grade.

Bell plays defensive end while Shegan lines up at tackle and together they are a force to be reckoned with. Shegan got an almost unheard of amount of playing time for a junior last year. But he feels he earned it.

“I show up at every practice and give my all,” Shegan said. “When I’m on that field I want to be the meanest man possible and hit opponents and stop them in their tracks for our team.”

Shegan has worked out quite a bit over the summer and comes into the 2016 season bigger, stronger, and faster. And it’s not just lifting weights that make him that way. He lives with his parents Mike and Joanne Shegan on a horse farm in Chelsea where he is often working with 2,000 pound rolls of hay! He cares for the horses and is a farrier.  He also has his own rodeo and is a champion team roper, calf roper, and steer wrestler. So he knows a thing or two about bringing down big, fast beast.

“I love the rodeo. It’s fun and competitive,” Shegan stated.  “I’ve been doing it for years and I guess it just runs in my bloodline since my mom and dad have been involved with it most of their lives also.”

Shegan, who has been playing football for 12 years, is looking forward to the 2016 season. After graduating many great defensive players from last years state championship runner-up team, Shegan knows it’s his time to shine and step up.

“Going to the state championship was great,” Shegan said. “It was a whole new experience. It was awesome to just run across that field knowing we made it that far. It was an honor for our team because we earned it fair and square with hard work and dedication. I think this year we have a new level of intensity to our team and the team got a taste of what it’s like to go that far and we want to get there again. And win!”

Bell is the other half of shake and bake. Although he didn’t play as much as he wanted to last year he never let it get him down and continued to practice hard and get stronger. And he’s really looking forward to the 2016 season.

“It was great to be at the state championship game,” Bell said. “Our team played hard and we fought our way to get there. It wasn’t easy. And I’m hoping we can get back there this year. We have a lot of younger guys but it’s up to us seniors to step up and help them the best we can. We’re a team.”

Bell spends most of his summer and weekends when he’s not doing football, working doing construction with his dad Rick Wisbon. And his mother Sandy Wisbon is his biggest fan and supporter. The Shegans & Wisbons are all great friends and you can definitely hear them cheering at every Chelsea football game as loud as they can, screaming 1….2….3….HIT SOMEBODY!

Bell, who plans to go to college after high school and be an electrician, has been playing football for “As long as he can remember.” His dad Rick used to coach him when he was younger. Bell enjoys working on cars, hunting, fishing, riding his quad, his jet ski, and hanging out with his friends when he does have any free time. He also enjoys playing with his dogs Chubz, who many call the original Chelsea Bulldog, and Luna.

“I have a great feeling about this season,” Bell predicted. “I think the team is going to do great. We have to all know our roles and our jobs and help each other out. And I need to step up and be a good leader to the younger guys, show them why we were state finalist last year.”

The Bulldogs will be kicking off their 2016 season with a tough game in Detroit at Wayne State University, Saturday, August 27th at noon against a very good River Rouge team, who were state runners-up in their division last season.

 

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