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Jackson High School to join SEC White starting in 2018-19 school year

Jackson High School has been seeking a new athletic conference to join, and it now has one. The Jackson School Board voted unanimously to approve the switch from the Capital Area Activites Conference (CAAC) to the Southeastern Conference White Divison for all Jackson High sports teams beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

The SEC White, a six-school league in 2016-17, will add Pinckney to the conference for the 2017-18 year before Jackson makes it an eight-team league the following season.  Jackson’s enrollment of 1,246 would make it the third-largest school in the SEC White. In addition to newcomer Pinckney (1,279), the SEC White includes Adrian (794), Chelsea (867), Dexter (1,146), Tecumseh (832), Ypsilanti (1,115) and Ypsilanti Lincoln (1,404).

The Red Division includes Ann Arbor Huron (1,589), Ann Arbor Pioneer (2,055), Ann Arbor Skyline (1,752), Monroe (2,046), Saline (1,923) and Temperance Bedford (1,597). There are no plans for expanding the SEC Red.

The CAAC consists of eight teams, seven of which are considered Lansing area. The SEC White will have eight teams, each of which has its own geographic region.

“Each school (in the SEC) has its own sense of community,” Jackson High Athletic Director Jack Fairly said earlier this month. “The CAAC has been good to us, but being from the Jackson area, we’re down here by ourselves. Teams in (the SEC) all have their own community, whereas the CAAC was really a greater-Lansing conference and then us.”

Joining a conference that didn’t increase travel was also an important dynamic. The distance between Jackson and every school in the SEC White ranges from 26-51 miles while the distance between Jackson and the CAAC schools ranged from 32-49 miles. Additionally, the annual SEC league fee is $700, compared to $3,125 in the CAAC.

Starting this fall in 2017 Pinckney comes back to the SEC after it left in to join the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) in 2000. The Pirates held rivalries with Dexter and Chelsea, as well as Tecumseh, still playing an annual basketball game with the Dreadnaughts.

Pinckney was looking for a good conference fit and as their enrollment falls they will be on pace with several of the other schools in the SEC White.
 “We’re joining a conference where schools have some of the strongest programs in the state,” Pinckney Athletic Director Brian Wardlow said. “But it does allow us to get back into a more level playing field and against some of our neighbors. This seemed like a natural fit, even on more levels than athletics.”
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Chelsea Defeats Jackson In Double Overtime Thriller



Jesse Jacobusse drives for 2. She finished the night with 5 points and 8 assist. 


Since losing to SEC Conference leading and top ranked Ypsilanti Chelsea has rattled off 3 straight wins including tonight’s 55-51 double overtime thriller. Chelsea started slow and was getting the inside game to work but the shots just weren’t falling for them early on. They played their usual tough style of defense which kept the game close. Jackson took a 1 point lead into the half.

In the third Jackson took a bit of control taking advantage of miscues and hitting several 3 point shots. But Chelsea kept it close and kept clawing back, refusing to never give up to the Class A Vikings. Jackson would lead the game for most of the night but never by more than 5 points at a time.

With 3 and a half minutes to go Chelsea’s Anna Regis used her soft touch to sink two free throws and tie up the game. But Jackson again took a slight lead. With half a minute left to go in the game, Chelsea took a 1 point lead but Jackson was able to tie it making 1 free throw sending the game into overtime tied at 43.

Jackson won the tip in overtime and both teams battled back and forth sending the game into a second overtime. With Jackson up by 1 and only 30 seconds left, sophomore Brianna Hay took a long shot from beyond the arc to the left of the net and swished it in for 3 giving the Bulldogs the lead. On the ensuing inbounds play Sophomore Helena Schultz was able to steal the ball and The Bulldogs were fouled. Sophomore Maddy Vasquez and senior Nicole Bareis hit clutch free throws to send the Bulldogs back home with a hard fought victory.

“We made a couple plays at the end of the game, Bri’s 3 was huge in the corner, and we finally hit a couple free throws to finish it up,” Chelsea head coach   Todd Blomquist stated after the game as he stood amongst all the proud friends and families of the Chelsea players. “We started a bit rough, just didn’t have a lot of focus, but finished strong.”

When Brianna Hay hit that clutch three with very little time left, it was not a designed play. “I just got the ball and saw the open shot and took it,” the soft spoken Hay said. “I’m just happy we won. After I hit it I was so excited.”

Hay led the team in points with 11, including 3 three point shots. Katelyn McKinley and Ann Regis both finished with 9 while Helena Schultz had 8. Jesse Jacobusse led the team with 8 assist while Maddy Vasquez, Nicole Bareis, and Madeline Kennedy each pulled down 6 rebounds apiece.

The Bulldogs will rest up for Friday’s game as they travel to Lincoln to take on the Railspiltters.

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Jackson Christian defeated by #1 team in State, Pittsford


Sierra Chevalier puts it up for the Royals


The Jackson Christian Royals were on a two-game skid and coming off a tough loss to East Jackson and thing weren’t looking any easier for them, as the top rated school in the state, the Pittsford Wildcats, were coming to town. The Royals started off very well holding the Wildcats defensively and when the Wildcats hit their first three point basket, the Royals Sophomore Guard Cassidy McNeil answered right back with one of her own. But after that it was all Pittsford.

Pittsford dominated the game forcing turnovers and bad shot choices and not allowing the Royals to break down deep in the post. The Royals got in foul trouble early on also, as they attempted to block shots. The Royals fought hard up until the end though as the game was dominated by Pittsford. Wildcats coach Chris Hodos emptied his bench to rest his starters and avoid injuries and to give many players much-needed experience and playing time for the young team.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by Junior Maddie Clark with 22 points and Junior Jaycie Burger with 16. Burger has already accepted a full scholarship in basketball at Hillsdale College while Clark has been approached with several offers of her own but is hoping for a volleyball one. The Wildcats remain undefeated on the season.

The Royals drop to 4-9 on the season and will face off at Hillsdale on February 1st. The Royals were led in scoring by McNeil who hit 2 three point shots, and Sierra Chevalier.

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