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Coach Spotlight: Mr. Kelly

March 08, 2022
By Bryson Barnett, Journalist; Roland Sternfels, Sports Reporter; & Jude Lagarde, Editor

Mr. Kelly, our current Middle School Basketball coach, has been a coach at Chelsea for 4+ years and has been involved with basketball in one way or another for his whole life. Ever since he was a child, basketball and tennis have been his favorite sports. He played basketball throughout high school and, after graduating from Villanova University with a major in Political science, played guard at Christendom for one year. Soon after leaving Christendom, he was recruited by Frank O'Reilly to coach in the CYO. For him, it was an easy decision to coach. Mr. Kelly loves basketball, enjoys working with kids, and has a coaching style that helps bring out his players’ competitiveness in a positive way.

 

Fast forward a couple of years and he is the coach of Chelsea Middle School Basketball, having one of the best seasons of his coaching career. His team is currently 12-1 and just won his 3rd straight VMSC championship title with a thrilling win over Sacred Heart. 

 

However, Coach Kelly likes to remind us that, especially at the middle school level, the season is all about improvement. His coaching through the years has evolved to embrace this idea of improvement.  Through focusing intentionally on the fundamentals of basketball, Chelsea’s program has become more and more successful in developing strong players each year. 

 

This improvement has manifested itself throughout the season, as Coach Kelly pointed out their two games versus rival Sacred Heart. The first time they only beat them by a narrow margin of two. However, the second time they met, Mr. Kelly’s coaching began to show.  Although down 13-8 at the end of the first quarter, the boys were able to bring it within two points by half. In the second half, they pulled away, playing their best basketball of the year and winning 42-30. The championship game was a great experience for the team. With Chelsea being the number one seed, they had the home-field advantage, a huge crowd, and a supportive cheering section (led by the varsity teams.) 

 

According to Coach Kelly, “they felt the love and it helped motivate them.” They were able to improve so much because the team understands that it is through hard work that they can improve, and they know that work leads to wins. They understand that you can have fun while working hard and improving. 

 

Coach Kelly’s favorite coaching memory is beating Sacred Heart in the semi-finals three years ago (the start of the rivalry.) When not playing basketball, Coach loves to play tennis, go skiing, teach CCD classes, and spend time with his family. He is currently a Financial Stokes Advisor with Paladin Financial. 

 

Thank you, Coach Kelly, for all that you do!


 

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Weekly Sports Recap

February 15, 2022
By Jude Lagarde, Sports Journalist & Roland Sternfels, Sports Reporter

The Chelsea basketball teams compiled a 3-3 record last week, featuring the middle school boys' third straight VMSC Championship and a thirty-point varsity girls victory. 

 

Here is the rundown:

Middle School Girls: The middle school girls had a hard-fought loss against Fresta Valley in the first round of the VMSC tournament.   

 

Middle School Boys: The middle school boys continued their undefeated season this week, beating Mountain View on Thursday and becoming VMSC champions with a  40-32 Friday night thriller over Sacred Heart in front of a large, raucous crowd.

 

High School Girls: The Varsity girls won their only game this week with a dominating 30 point victory over Eukarya Christian School on Thursday.

 

High School Boys: Suffered two hard-fought losses with multiple injuries against Loudoun County and Eukarya Christian school. They are looking forward to those rematches coming in the near future.  

 

We are proud of our Knights!

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Pray for us!
 

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Weekly Sports Recap

February 07, 2022
By Jude Lagarde, Sports Journalist

The Chelsea basketball teams compiled an 8-2 record last week, featuring a varsity girls’ rally, a 32-point middle school girls’ win, and the unbeaten middle school boys’ ninth straight victory. The varsity boys won two out of three games.

Here is the rundown:

Middle School Girls: The Knights improved to 6-1, starting the week with an impressive victory over Valley Thunder, winning 19-14, and continuing their winning ways for a dominating 38-6 victory against John Paul the Great Montessori Academy on Friday.

Middle School Boys: The middle school boys continued their undefeated season this week, adding their eight and ninth straight victories against Valley Thunder and John Paul the Great Montessori Academy, winning both by a margin of at least 15 points.

High School Girls: In an action-packed week, the varsity girls went 2-1. They began the week with an exciting comeback victory over Valley Thunder, falling behind 12- 3 in the first quarter, tying it at 18-18 by half, and playing a dominating second half to win 55-37. Then the varsity girls experienced a hard-fought 48-32 loss on Tuesday, against a talented Frederick Warriors roster. The team ended the week on a high note, rebounding with a 48-21 win over Holy Family Academy.

High School Boys: The varsity boys improved their season to 6-2. The team put up a strong showing in their first game of the week, beating Valley Thunder 48-38. But the Frederick Warriors showed their boys’ team was as strong as their girls, beating Chelsea 66-50. On Friday, the team traveled to Manassas, beating Holy Family Academy for a second time, 43-26. 

 

We are proud of our Knights!

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Pray for us!

 


 

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Weekly Sports Recap

January 31, 2022
By Jude Lagarde, Sports Journalist

The Chelsea basketball teams compiled a 4-1 record last week, featuring a comeback, a cliff-hanger, and a varsity player joyfully getting back on the court.

Here is the rundown:

Middle school girls: The Knights improved to 4-1, starting the week with an impressive victory over Sacred Heart, coming back from an early eight-point deficit to win 33-18. Their second game proved to be a hard-fought loss, 12-15, against Fresta Valley.

Middle school boys: The middle school boys continued their undefeated season with two wins this week, starting with a nailbiter over Sacred Heart 40-38 on Monday. They finished off the week with a dominating 43-14 win against Fresta Valley, avenging the middle school girls' loss.

High school girls: After their scheduled games on Wednesday and Friday both got cancelled, the Varsity girls enjoyed a week of rest ahead of the grueling three-game week following.

High school boys: The varsity boys improved their season to 4-1 with their 81-34 romp over Dominion Ridge on Wednesday in which all eleven members of the team scored. Special shout out to John Bodoh, who was finally activated after undergoing surgery in December. John put up six points in his first game this season.

We are proud of our Knights!

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Pray for us!

 


 

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Friday Sports Recap

January 20, 2022
By Jude Lagarde, Sports Journalist & Roland Sternfels, Sports Reporter

 Chelsea Academy enjoyed a dominating day and night of basketball last Friday night at the VIA gym, with an impressive four-game sweep of rival Holy Family Academy of Manassas.

   The Knights recorded lopsided victories at both the middle school and high school level, boys and girls.

   Amidst a plethora of standout performances, Henry and Cici Wingate received particular shoutouts. Henry had 17 points, and Cici had 19.

Here is a recap of the festive Friday:

   Middle school girls: The Knights improved to 3-1 with their lopsided 30-6 victory over Holy Family.

   Middle school boys: The middle school boys continued their undefeated season with their fifth straight win. 

   High school girls: After their first basket from Cici Wingate 20 seconds into the game, the varsity girls never looked back. With aggressive defense, effective offensive play from the starters, and strong performances from the bench, the Knights dominated Holy Family all game, winning 56-32. 

   High school boys: The varsity boys improved their season to 3-1 with their dominating win. Despite the absence of coach Mike Schuttloffel due to sickness, the Knights maintained their composure and pulled off a 21 point victory. Special thanks to AD Tommy Vanderwoude and Middle School Coach Jim Kelly for stepping in to take over the coaching duties.

We are so proud of our Knights!

Blessed Pier Giorgia Frassati. Pray for us!

 


 

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Fall Sports Recap

November 19, 2021
By Roland Sternfels, Sports Reporter & Assistant Editor; Edited by: Ms. Libasci

It was an incredible season for Chelsea's fall sports! Congratulations to all of our hard-working coaches and athletes! 

HIGHLIGHTS

Varsity Girls Volleyball 

Coached by Mrs. Barvick, the team had a great season and made it all the way to the State Semi-Finals!

Highlights: Winning against Christendom, Fredericksburg Christian Academy & Virginia Academy. Placing 2nd in the Joust Tournament 

JV Girls Volleyball

Coached by Micaela Pennefather, JV girls finished the season strong. 

Highlights: Places 2nd in the SCC Tournament with Therese MacDougall & Elizabeth Shueckler finishing as All Conference players. 

Middle School Volleyball 

Coached by Mrs. Trent, these middle school girls grew as athletes and had a well-played season. 

Varsity Boys Soccer

Coached by Mr. VanderWoude, the varsity boys had a great season with a record of 8-3-1. 

Highlights: Scoring 3 goals in the last 15 min to win against HFA & Peter Kelly having a goal record of 39. 

Middle School Boys Soccer

Coahced by Mr. G, middle school boys made a lot of progress and played strong with a record of 7-4.

Varisty Girls & Boys Cross Country

Coached by Ms. Libasci, the Varisty XC team had an awesome season. 

Highlights: Boys team finished 15th in the State, Byrson Barnett placed 11th overall in the State, and average team pace improved by 3 minutes. 

Middle School Girls & Boys Cross Country

Coached by Mr. Lane, the Middle School team had a great season with lots of improvement. 

Highlights: Both the boys & girls team finished 2nd in the Valley Middle School Conference

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