Season Preview: Chelsea Boys Basketball





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Disclaimer* –  Due to a miscommunication,  previews will be coming out over the next day or two. We are aware some teams have begun their seasons already.

Last year, the Chelsea Boys Basketball team finished 12-9 (6-5) placing fourth in the SEC White and falling in districts to Dundee.

This year, the  Bulldogs welcome back Josh Tropea, who is back on the sideline after a two-year stint at Spring Arbor as an assistant coach after Mark Moundros stepped down at the end of last season due to moving out of state.



In addition to that, the Bulldogs will be working their way into the season. They have eight players on the team who were also a part of the football team, which reached the state title game this year.

“It’s been great for the kids,” said Tropea on the state title reaching team. “Incredible for the community and awesome for the football program, I’ve been there, I know what an awesome feeling that is. On the other side of it, we pay the price early in the year. The reality is that we’ll suffer a little bit in December, but the hope is that we get our legs under us by the new year and we start playing some good basketball. The one thing is Brad (Bush) and I was pretty smart when I came back. One of the things we talked about was being prepared for this sort of thing, so we will only play four games before January. That’s huge. As a staff we have to be careful, what we are going to do is limit minutes early.”

Tropea said he is approaching the four games they have around the holidays are their preseason, figuring each other out and what kind of team they are.

“Our big mantra this year is we’re playing for March,” said Tropea. “That’s gotta be what it is, what we don’t want to do is burn the football players out in December. We want to gradually get better,  1% better every day, and we’re gonna play for March and get better for that.”

This offseason, Tropea has been working on skill development. Players came when they could, shooting every week and working on ball handling.

“It’s all about positional development in basketball and turning everybody into a threat,” said Tropea.

Seniors make up the majority of the roster and senior guard Quinn Starkey, senior forward Hunter Neff,  junior forward Adam Hauser, and senior guard Hunter Lay give the Bulldogs four of their tops five leading scorers from last year’s team.Tropea also told The Sun Times Joe Taylor will play as the lone sophomore on the team.

“Great chemistry and we’ve got a lot of really good leaders,” said Tropea. “We got some juniors that are really good basketball players, so it’ll be, it’s going to be a good fit. I really like the team, I like the make up, I think we’re gonna be really good.”

By the end of January, Tropea expects to have his rotation set.

Chelsea opens their season Dec. 14 against Pinckney.

Roster 

Player

Number

Year

Ht

Wt

Quinn Starkey

0

2019

6’3

170

Ross Stofflet

2

2020

6’3

160

Owen Brown

3

2020

5’11

160

Adam Hauser

4

2020

6’3

205

Hunter Lay

5

2019

6’3

175

Griffin Bell

10

2019

5’10

170

Nick Christian

11

2019

6’5

210

Beau Bremer

15

2019

6’3

154

Sam Michael

20

2020

5’10

180

Joe Taylor

21

2021

5’9

160

Riley Sumner

22

2020

6’1

175

Gavin Bell

23

2019

5’10

165

Hunter Neff

24

2019

6’3

210

Evan Vaughn

35

2019

5’11

192

Jordan Fansler 2021

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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