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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 Edges Skyline For SEC Hockey Championship

 

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Cooper Mattson celebrates scoring the go-ahead goal for Chelsea

 

Chelsea and Ann arbor Skyline squared off tonight at the Arctic Coliseum in Chelsea for the Southeast Conference Championship. Chelsea came into the game with an edge in points with 1 but Skyline had been on a roll as of late. But it was the Bulldogs who would take the victory and the SEC championship in a 5-4 battle.

Skyline started fast as they scored about the 10-minute mark. But then less than a minute later Chelsea went on the power play and would tie it up an unassisted goal by Braden Steele. The score would remain tied as Chelsea goalie Aidan Boote made several great saves behind his stingy, hard-hitting defense.

Then with 2 and a half minutes left to go, it was Cooper Mattson taking a rebound and putting the puck in the back of the net for a Chelsea lead going into the break.

With only a minute and a half gone in the second period, it was Chelsea senior defenseman Nate Bero taking a beautiful pass from Brennen Wright and burying the puck in the back of the net for a 2 goal Chelsea lead. This goal led Skyline to swap goalies. But it didn’t make much of a difference because less than 2 minutes later it was defenseman Thomas Steele scoring to help increase the Bulldogs lead.

But Skyline wasn’t rolling over and playing dead. They didn’t get as far as they did this season through luck. The ever battling Eagles came back with a big splurge of their own scoring 2 goals to cut the Bulldogs lead to 4-3 heading into the final stanza of the game.

At the 13:08 mark of the third the Bulldogs increased their lead with a score from Brad Sullivan, with Mattson assisting as he put the puck over the right shoulder of the Skyline netminder, top shelf for a 5-4 Chelsea lead.

But Skyline kept battling and with just 5 minutes to go in the game, Skyline struck from the right faceoff circle in Chelsea’s zone to cut the deficit. Skyline battled hard getting several opportunities but Boote stood tall down the stretch making save after save.

With just a minute and 53 seconds to go, Skyline went on the power play and with a minute left to go pulled their goalie giving Chelsea a 4 on 6 disadvantage but Skyline couldn’t corral the puck or get set up and as the clock sounded sealing the Chelsea victory in the history books, the loyal Bulldog fans erupted in cheers and breathed a sigh of relief as the players dogpiled and slammed into the boards in front of the Bulldogs student section in celebration.

It was a hard fought battle and both teams played their hearts out and left it all on the ice. Now Chelsea awaits to see who it plays next.

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Chelsea Dominates Dexter 33-6

 

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Gus Reynolds dives into the end zone for one of his 3 touchdowns on the night

 

Chelsea hosted rival Dexter on Friday night and it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to show why they have dominated this series for 21 years in a row.

The Bulldogs sent Dexter home with a 33-6 loss.

On Dexter’s third play from scrimmage, a strong Bulldog defense forced a fumble, which was recovered by Cal Barret. On Chelsea’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Jack Bush threw a beautiful pass to Cam Cooper for a Bulldog 14-yard score. This gave the Chelsea fans and student section, adorned in black for a black out, something to cheer about early on, and they didn’t let up from there.

The Bulldogs defense was outstanding not giving Dexter any opportunities at all. After a quick 3-and-out Chelsea moved the ball down the field behind some great blocking and running and on fourth-and-1 from the 5-yard line Gus Reynolds blasted it into the end zone.

Reynolds wasn’t done for the night either, as he would score two more times in the first half on runs of 24 and 3 yards. Reynolds would finish with 81 yards on 12 carries for the night.

After taking a 27-0 lead into the half, the Bulldogs came back onto the field after a great performance by the Chelsea band. The Chelsea defense kept putting pressure on Dexter all night. Travis Frazier, who returned to Chelsea for his senior season after playing in 2015 for Jackson Lumen Christi, led the Bulldogs with 2 sacks and 3 tackles.

Cash Shegan, Cal Barrett, and Braden Steele each finished with 4 tackles while Owen Nikischer had two tackles and a sack.

In the second half, Head Coach Brad Bush made many substitutions, getting some of the younger players more experience. With time running out in the third, it was Barrett getting some offensive time and running the ball in for a hard-fought 14-yard touchdown run, putting the finishing touches on a hard hitting game.

Bush was 9 for 12 on the night for 120 yards and a touchdown. Alex Vasquez led the Bulldog receivers with 45 yards. The Chelsea defense held Dexter to 103 total yards offense and allowed only a net total of 8 yards rushing.

“It was a great victory for the team and for the fans,” said senior defensive back Cole Septer. “It was great to see all the younger guys get in there to play. Now we just need to get ready and focus on the next game.”

The next game will be Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln.

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Chelsea Dominates Toronto Canada Northern 43-0

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Chelsea Senior Cam Cooper celebrates his rushing touchdown

It was an absolutely perfect night for Chelsea’s first home football game of the season. The Bulldog faithful piled in and the student section and many fans were dressed in patriotic colors as Chelsea were set to take on the Toronto Northern Secondary School Red Knights from Canada. It was the first time a Canadian football team had ever played in Chelsea. There was no game film or scouting reports on the Red Knights but Head Coach Brad Bush had his team ready and prepared.

The Bulldogs kicked off and the defense shut down the Red Knights immediately. On fourth down as Northern punted hard hitting Junior Matt Weisberg plowed past his blocker and was able to block the punt. After a scramble for the loose ball, it was Chelsea that recovered and would start on offense on the Northern 21 yard line. It only took less than a minute and 3 plays for Gus Reynolds to put the ball in the end zone giving the Bulldogs the early lead. After another quick 3 and out and a great Cam Cooper punt return it was Quarterback Jack Bush taking off under pressure and making a great throw on the run, hitting Reynolds on a fade in the left side of the end zone to give the Bulldogs an early lead, 14-0 after the always reliable Chris Roush extra point kick.

After an excellent Roush kickoff and good coverage by Chelsea, Northern was backed up near their own goal line. After a few stops, it was right defensive end Travis Frazier shedding his blocker and putting pressure on the Northern quarterback and tackling him in the end zone. The ball was spotted at the 1-yard line though and Northern took the safety on fourth down instead of punting to the speedster Cooper.

“I really thought it was a safety, I had him good,” said an elated Travis Frazier. “But it’s ok, they took the safety on the next play, it’s all about the team.”

Chelsea took over with great field position again. With Chelsea lined up at the Northern 30 Bush threw a quick pass to Cooper who flew down the field and behind great blocking was able to score for the second time in the game putting the Bulldogs up 23-0. It was at this point Coach Bush started putting in some of the younger players to give them all a chance to play and gain experience.

In the second quarter, Drew Anstead took over at quarterback and completed a perfect pass to Tight End Alex Vasquez for the score, the team going 50 yards in just 3 plays. After another defensive stop, it was Reynolds picking up his second touchdown of the game  following his blockers and juking defenders to blast it in for a 27-yard score. Quarterback Bush came in to kick the extra point giving the Bulldogs a huge 37-0 lead going into the half.

In the second half, it was all Chelsea again but playing more conservative. Senior Mikal Nelson went in to finish the rest of the game at quarterback. Nelson scored late in the fourth on a 6-yard quarterback keeper, using his strength and power like he does in lacrosse.

“I used to play quarterback but then I stopped growing,” joked Nelson.

The Bulldog defense played exceptional forcing bad passes, making great tackles, and forcing turnovers. Hunter White and Braden Steele each had interceptions for Chelsea. Travis Frazier had an excellent game for Chelsea finishing with 5 tackles and 3 sacks in limited duty. James Mida finished with 2 tackles and a sack. The defense limited Northern to just 3 total yards of offense on 32 plays.

Bush finished perfect for the night completing all 6 of his passes for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns. Reynolds led all Bulldog rushers with 54 yards on 6 carries and 2 scores, while Junior Aiden Chisolm-Blockton finished with 23 yards on 3 carries. Cooper led all receivers with 46 yards on 2 receptions.

Chelsea plays host to their rival Dexter next Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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Chelsea Soccer Takes Down Adrian 5-1

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Chelsea’s Matthew Klink scores the first goal of the game 

The Adrian Maples blew into Chelsea on a very windy, cloudy afternoon. The Jv team mercied the Maples with an 8-0 shutout that ended early in the second half  led by 2 goals each by Parker Shaw and Chris White, and then  it was the varsity’s turn to fight for a victory.

Chelsea took control early and kept lots of pressure on the Maples netminder and then with 4 minutes gone in the first half, Matthew Klink made a great shot for the first goal of the game. Several minutes later it was Senor Isaac Smedshammer with a beautiful kick about 20 yards out which the wind took and circled around into net for the 2nd goal of the game. Seven minutes later it was Junior Cullen Lindsay with a hard kick right down the middle to give the Bulldogs a big 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs defense kept  the Maples, not only off the scoreboard, but without a shot!

At about the 12-minute mark, only two minutes after Lindsay’s goal, it was Senior Callum Krause putting the ball in the back of the net for a big 4-0 lead. 3 minutes later Adrian scored on its first shot on goal of the half. The Bulldogs would take a 4-1 lead into the half.

In the second half, it was more of the same as Chelsea just dominated play and piled up the shots. At the 12:14 mark on Chelsea’s 18th shot of the game, it was Krause picking up his second goal of the game. The Bulldogs finished with a big 5-1 victory and ended the game with 20 shots on goal while only yielding 1 goal on 1 shot for the whole night.

Senior Matt McDaniels was in net for Chelsea the first half, Junior Logan Mahalak played in the second half. Chelsea is off until Tuesday the 6th when they travel to Lincoln.

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Chelsea Field Hockey Shuts Out AAFGR 5-0

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Chelsea’s Annaliese Donahue celebrates a goal

After two tough, close losses the Chelsea Field Hockey team really needed a big victory. And they earned that today with a big 5-0 shutout victory against the Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard Irish at home. Chelsea started strong and controlled the ball and their tight defense didn’t even allow the Irish to even cross midfield for the first 10 minutes of the game. Chelsea peppered the goal with shots and kept much pressure on the Irish goalkeeper Anna Nalukwagu. Then at the 20-minute mark, Chelsea found the back of the net as Senior Captain Madalyn Allen lifted the ball to the right of the goal and  put Chelsea up 1-0.

Chelsea kept the pressure up and the defense would not allow any Irish player near the Chelsea end. At the 26 minute mark, it was Annaliese Donahue getting the ball into the Irish net with a great shot from the right of the goal. 3 minutes late Molly Latimer put Chelsea up 3-0 with a shot from the left side of the goal sending Chelsea into the half with a comfortable lead.

In the second half the Irish put on a little pressure but it wasn’t enough as the Chelsea defense would not allow any Irish player or anything near Chelsea goalkeeper Payton Doan, who was like the Maytag repairman, all alone for the game, so it seemed.

At the 10:30 mark of the second half it was Gabby Noble scoring her first goal ever to put Chelsea up 4-0 with a hard hit ball off a penalty corner, driven right down the middle of the field! With less than 8 minutes left in the game, Madalyn Allen put the icing on the cake with a final goal and her second of the game, as she shot it from the top of the circle.

The Chelsea defense did an outstanding job as Doan didn’t face a single shot in the game and the offense put 14 shots on the Irish goalkeeper. Chelsea also played a very clean game committing no fouls to draw any penalty corners while the Irish gave up 20 penalty corners.

Chelsea is 2-2 on the season and plays next this Thursday, the 1st, at Cranbrook-Kingswood at 4:30.

 

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Chelsea Senior Receivers Look To Make Big Impact

IT'S GAMEDAY! GO BULLDOGS!

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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