Dynamite sweeper, Jordan Holton, has been an essential defensive backbone to the Chelsea Field Hockey team since her sophomore year. A four-year varsity letter earner, Holton’s athleticism has shone bright in track and field in the shot put and discus and basketball, as well as field hockey. This March, Holton helped her basketball team earn Chelsea High School’s first-ever Regional Championship.
In February, Holton committed to play field hockey at Ohio Wesleyan University. The All-State Team member and multi-varsity athlete is excited for the new adventure ahead, competing in the North Coast Atlantic Conference. As a Battling Bishop player, she will compete against her former teammate, Goal Keeper Payton Doan, who has committed to Kenyon College.
Strong academically, Holton has balanced her school commitments while competing in archery for seven years with her family throughout the US and has held a job as a kick boxing trainer. She played football her freshman year; however, after becoming disillusioned with the program, friends convinced her to try field hockey instead. She quickly fell in love with the game.
Her recognition as an All-State Honorable Mention Team member (2017) and All-State Second Team member (2018) may have prompted Ohio Wesleyan to reach out to her. After Holton visited the campus and spent time with the team, she knew it was the perfect next step after high school.
“Jordan's leadership, dedication, and positive attitude will be greatly missed,” said Casey Fry, Chelsea Field Hockey Varsity Coach. “Her commitment to working hard and supporting her team will be a huge asset to the program at Ohio Wesleyan.”
Holton is thrilled with the opportunity to continue playing field hockey at the collegiate level. She will also be on Wesleyan’s track team as a thrower. When she’s not on the pitch, she plans to focus her studies in the medical field.
Four-time All-State First Team Goal Keeper Payton Doan has committed to collegiate competition with Kenyon College.
Doan first discovered field hockey in 6th grade, joining the first-ever Chelsea Field Hockey middle school team. Immediately, she knew that goal keeping was her forte’. With her innate ability to scan the field and block the shots, she earned the starting position as a freshman on the Chelsea Field Hockey varsity team. That year, 2015, was loaded with 10 seniors and a handful of year-round travel team members, including Doan, who were determined to win the state championship for the first time in the team’s history. Though they fell a tad short, the team earned the Runner-Up State Championship trophy and top spot as Division 1 regular season champions.
A Chelsea Field Hockey co-captain for two years, Doan has played a vital leadership role to a young team. Year round, Doan travels and competes with Pinnacle Field Hockey of Ann Arbor. She helped the team earn several medals over the years in regional and national competitions. Additionally, she has participated on Chelsea High School’s junior varsity tennis team since freshman year.
“Since her freshman year, Payton has been an invaluable asset to the Chelsea Field Hockey Program,” said Casey Fry, Chelsea Field Hockey Varsity Coach. “She has the leadership skills of someone far beyond her age and experience. I am confident she will do amazing things in the classroom and on the field as she embarks on her collegiate career.”
Doan’s school life has been very busy as an active, four-year student council member and academic letter earner, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.95. She was recognized by the NFHCA as a Scholar of Distinction in her junior and senior years and has been a member of the National Honors Society.
Doan is thrilled to continue playing field hockey at the collegiate level with Kenyon College in the North Coast Atlantic Conference. She will compete against her former teammate, Jordan Holton, who committed to Ohio Wesleyan.