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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 Stars Shine On National Signing Day

 

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The Bulldog signers  (left to right) Jack Bush, Cam Cooper, Jordan Smith (committed in the fall to dive at Oakland University), Jesse Jacobusse, Natasha McElrath, and Travis Frazier

 

On the first day of February, several seniors at Chelsea High School gathered in the morning to sign their letters of intent to play athletics in college. The Bulldog signers were surrounded by friends, family, coaches, and supporters as they proudly committed to further their educations.

Jack Bush will be taking his outstanding quarterback skills to Hope College in Holland Michigan. The three-sport star (basketball and baseball) was a part of the all-time winningest class for Chelsea football. Bush quarterbacked the Bulldogs in 2015 to the state championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. In his junior and senior seasons, he had a record of 23-3.

Cam Cooper fielded many offers for football before choosing to be a Bulldog in college attending Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cam, another multi-sport star, will be playing wide receiver and showing off his speed and field intelligence. He also was a member of the all-time winningest class in Chelsea football history.

Jesse Jacobusse is another multi-sport star, like many of Chelsea’s students. She has signed on with Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan. She will be putting her exceptional speed on display as she competes for the Huskies and will be also competing on their soccer team. Jesse went to states in track in 2016 and also excels at cross country and basketball where she is the starting guard. In her most recent game she put up 19 points to help lead her team to victory and she is very proficient at soccer, once scoring 5 goals in a game.

Natasha McElrath will be taking her exceptional soccer skills to the Sun Conference’s Savannah College of Art and Design in beautiful Georgia.  There she will be on the field for the bees while getting a very high-quality education at one of the best art and design schools in the nation.

Travis Frazier will remain a Bulldog also in college as he takes his 6’7″ frame and strength to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Travis led the Bulldogs in sacks in 2016 and tackles for loss and drew double teams most of the time.

 

 

 

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Chelsea’s Athletic Cam Cooper Gives All

 

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Chelsea’s Cam Copper Praises God In The 2015 State Championship Game

Cam Cooper’s Chelsea Bulldogs are down in the 2015 Division 3 State Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. They need a big play to get back into the game. Cooper lines up in the backfield behind his quarterback Jack Bush. Bush takes the snap and Cooper runs his pattern, fakes out his defender big time and thanks to a great block and big hit taken by Alex Vasquez and a perfect pass from Bush, Cooper is able to reel the ball in and use his all state track speed to fly into the end zone for the big score. As he scores he stops to celebrate and praises God. And he thinks of his mother.

“Scoring that Touchdown felt great because I really wanted to accomplish something for my mom who had to miss the game due to cancer and I was able to give God praise while I was in the end zone,” says Cooper. “But I know I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish that without my teammates who busted their butts and did their job. The line blocked great, the other receivers drew attention to themselves, Jack had a great pass, and if you really pay attention to the film Alex Vasquez ran a great route and took a big hit by a nationally recruited linebacker to get me open.”

Cooper is always singing praises of others and very humble with his own accomplishments which are many. Cooper not only excels in football, where he is listed in the MHSAA top 40 players to watch in 2016, he also went to states in track and starts at guard for the Bulldogs basketball team. He also has played soccer and baseball. But football is first and foremost his passion.

“This is my 6th year of playing football,” Cooper recalled. “I love the contact but I also love the lifetime memories and bonds that are created with the coaches and guys in the locker room and competing with the guys I grew up with.”

Cooper has attended many camps over the years for football including college camps and Nike showcases. And all his hard work is paying off as has been highly recruited by many Division 1 schools including Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, and Valparaiso along with some others such as Grand Valley State.

“Right now I’m leaning towards Western Michigan because I’ve built a great relationship with their coaching staff and it’s my Dad’s Alma mater, and they also do an awesome job keeping in contact with me,” stated Cooper. “Other colleges that have shown interest are many Ivy League school such as Harvard and Princeton who’ve come to visit me in school and watch me workout and run during track season.”

Cooper, or AJ, Hollywood, Coop, or Super Cam, as his friends call him, is very proud to be listed as a top football player in the state. But he knows he needs a great education also as he excels in the classroom as much as he does in sports.

“Being ranked one of the top players in the state is somewhat cool,” said Cooper.”But in reality I’m completely aware that rankings do not matter when it’s game time and that I need to show up and give 100% every time I step on the field. I have not even scratched the surface of my full potential and there is still a ton I need to work on.”

Cooper plays all over the field and will do whatever it takes to help the team accomplish it’s goals. He’s played cornerback and running back and returned kickoffs and punts in the past but this year the coaches have called on him to learn halfback and safety.

“I’m excited about it,” said Cooper. “I’ll enjoy being utilized everywhere. My favorite position so far is corner cause it’s just me and the receiver and for them to beat me it’s going to take A LOT because I hate losing.”

Cooper has spent a great amount of time in the weight room and studying game film and working on getting faster and stronger in the offseason. In the summer 7 on 7 scrimmages he looked  great locking down opponents, picking off passes, and burning defenders to make outstanding catches and touchdowns. Cooper feels his Bulldogs are ready to challenge again this year after going to the state championship game last season which was his favorite football memory ever.

“I feel that the team is looking good this year,” Cooper proudly exclaimed. “We graduated a lot of great players from last season and we are young and for the most part pretty inexperienced but we have a couple of very experienced vets that are ready to lead and an unbelievable coaching staff who does a great job day in and day out to get us ready.”

Cooper plans to go into pre-med and play football after High School. He has a great support system around him with many friends and loved ones but the people that mean the most to him are his mom and dad.

 

“In my spare time I like to work out and spend time with my awesome family,” Cooper proudly states. “My mom, Jan Cooper, and my Dad, Scott Cooper, adopted me when I was younger and have done an awesome job keeping me focused, down to earth, and my head on straight and have always supported me in my goals. Since I was young my parents have always told me that school and academics come first so I find myself studying a very good amount of time during the school year. I’ve also reconnected with my birth family so it’s great being able to communicate with them as well. Overall it just feels great to have a big family that supports me and pushes me to do my best, be a Man of God, and a gentleman.”

Cooper smiles as he talks of his family. Because of them, he has learned the ethics of hard work and because of that he gives his all and does his best in everything he does. And he looks to do the very best he can on the football field this 2016 season.

 

 

 

 

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Jackson High’s Taylor Johnson Commits To College

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Taylor Johnson goes up for a shot against Chelsea

The first thing you notice when you see Taylor Johnson on the basketball court is her height, as she towers over most of the other competitors. The other thing you notice right away about  Johnson, who stands 6 feet tall, is her positive energy and constant hustle on the court. And she’s bringing that energy to Jackson College as she has committed to play basketball there for Head Coach Heather Brown.

“I’m really excited to play at Jackson college,” said Johnson. “I had several other offers but I love the coach and I feel she will be able to prepare me for my last two years of college.”

And after talking to Johnson, who graduated from Jackson High School after attending Jackson Christian for her first two years of High School, you will see that her faith is very important to her. She credits God for putting her on the path she is on.

“I feel God is leading me to Jackson College and that is part of his grand plan,” Johnson proudly proclaimed. “God is a big part of my life and if it weren’t for him I’m not sure where I’d be.”

Johnson, who has been playing basketball since as long as she remembers, can’t wait to play center for her new coach.She has met and got to play with a few of her new teammates  and is looking forward to entering this season with some new good friends.

Johnson, who enjoys cleaning, watching netflix, singing, and obviously playing hoops, plans to study something along the lines of psychology and social work. “I want to work with at-risk kids in a type of mentoring program,” Johnson said.”I really want to be able to make a difference in kids lives, showing them that they are special and loved, not only by me but by God as well.”

Johnson will miss playing travel ball and for Jackson High and will miss the people she met and friendships she made there but she now enters a new chapter in her life as she will be enrolled for Fall classes.

“I’m really optimistic about my new team and school,” said Johnson. ” I know it’s going to be a big change from what I am used to but I have the grace of God leading me as well as a strong support system of my family and friends.”

Johnson is the daughter of Brent and Kim Johnson. She has an older sister Brittany and a younger brother Ben who plays basketball for Jackson Christian School.

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Chelsea Star Defensive End Announces College Commitment

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Chelsea’s Trevor Kingsley with Head Coach Brad Bush  

Surrounded by friends, family, and coaches, Chelsea footballs all-conference defensive end Trevor Kingsley announced Monday his commitment to continue his education and football career at Trine University. Trine, formerly known as Tri-State University, is a private non-profit post-secondary institution located in Angola, Indiana.

Trevor visited many colleges and had several offers for football but after visiting Trine he knew that was the place for him. “Trine made me feel so welcome I quickly bonded with some players there and I instantly fell in love with the area around campus,” Trevor stated. “Also, the academic side of it all felt right for me.”

Trevor was a big part of the Chelsea Bulldogs defense that helped the team got to the Division 3 state championships in 2015. He started at defensive end in every game and made several spectacular plays during the season. He also started for the Chelsea basketball team.

Trevor visited and considered other colleges, some closer to home, but he says he was “blown away by Trine because of the kindness  and how the faculty there was passionate about getting you a job right after you’re done.”

Trevor will play defensive end for Head Coach Troy Abbs Thunder and he hopes to get playing time as a freshman. “It all depends on how I do and develop during training camp,” Trevor stated about freshman playing time. “I’m hoping to get out on the field and play and show them what I can do and help out the team.”

Angola isn’t too far away but Trevor says, “It will feel weird not being at home in Chelsea or even very close and I will miss everyone but I feel like I’m ready to be on my own and handle myself away from home.”

Trevor’s mom Edie Huffman expresses the same sentiment. “It’s sad to see him graduating and leaving home and I’m really going to miss him but at the same time I’m  so proud of his hard work and dedication to see him earn this opportunity.”

Trevor plans to go into the pre-med program with a physician assistant focus.

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Chelsea’s Bailey Edwards Commits to CMU

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Edwards returns a kick against Coldwater in the playoffs

Chelsea football senior wide receiver/return specialist Bailey Edwards has announced via twitter that he has officially committed to continue his football career at Central Michigan University (CMU).

“Blessed to as ounce that I am officially committed to Central Michigan University ” he tweeted yesterday. Edwards skills were a big part of Chelsea’s run to the State Championship this past season. The 6′ 2″ Edwards weighs in at 180 and runs a 4.48 in the 40 yard run, runs 4.44 in the shuttle, and has a vertical leap of 32.5 inches. He was ranked as the 31st best receiver in the state of Michigan and 187th in the nation. Edwards had 12 college teams express interest in him and had 7 offers. Many thought he would attend Minnesota where his older brother Berkley plays at Running Back. His oldest brother Braylon starred for University of Michigan and  in the NFL at receiver.

Edwards led the Bulldogs in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2015.  He also excels at track. He will be enrolled for the fall of 2016 at CMU.

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