Moving Day: The penultimate day of a PGA 4-day golf tournament, so called because it is the day where competitors try to set themselves up for the final push on the final day.
Well, our Color War lasts 5 full days (with a couple of competitive nights as well) – so for us, “Moving Day” would be Day 4 of 5; that is, both teams look to put themselves in the best possible position prior to tomorrow’s finish. And, with Songs and Cheers looming this evening (8 full points at stake), the momentum could flip from one side to the other at any time.
Gray certainly began Day 4 with every intention to make their move for the top, but Red was determined to not only stay ahead, but separate themselves even further. And that they did, as Red took control with morning wins in Tiger Lacrosse, Sophomore Tennis, Senior Baseball and Stars Golf and Bocce. It looked like Gray would turn the tide in Cubs Football and Senior Soccer, only to see Red drive the length of the field in the last :45 seconds to steal a win in the former, and score two late goals to tie 2-2 in the latter.
Gray though down, was definitely not out. They led four of the six activities midway through the afternoon, but again Red wouldn’t relent, and captured wins in Cub Soccer, Tiger Tennis, Junior Bocce and one Stars Hockey game. Gray then bounced back by winning both Senior Basketball games, and added a victory in Junior Golf. The last matchup of the day came at the rink in Game 2 of Stars Hockey. Gray was teetering a bit and needed a jolt to change the momentum before heading to the Gerhard Stage for tonight’s Songs and Cheers competition…and they got it. Behind a pressure-packed, 4-goal performance delivered by Ethan Si, Gray slid by 4-3 and won the afternoon. Then, they got another boost when moments later, Shep announced that now that all participants from each division had shot and their scores tallied into one team score, Gray had also won Archery.
Red continued to lead at the end of the day’s sporting events, but Gray was coming on as we moved on to the stage with Songs and Cheers. As hard as they try on the field, is as hard as they try on the stage.
Never under-estimate the leadership ability of a Skylemar Senior. By leaving them alone and letting them do it “their way”, somehow they write three songs, put together a creative show called a “Production Number”, and impressively teach 100 boys the words of at least five songs in probably a total of five hours. Choreography too! So impressive!
The oldest boys at Skylemar have a way of passing on the pride. You see it on each boy’s face sitting up on the stage. They sing with mouths wide open, straight from the heart. Who would ever believe that regular “rough-n-tumble” boys who thrive on the field and court would consider singing a competitive sport? For 69 years they have, and the guys of today are as amazing as ever.
With just a handful of rehearsals, both Red and Gray present a Team Cheer, Camp Cheer, Team Fight Song, Old Camp Song, Original Camp Song and a Production Number. Gray was up first, with Jed and Coby as their talented Song Leaders. Soloists included brothers Spencer and Alexander, as well as Tyler and Dylan. They were fantastic.
Gray’s Production Number was called “Socials”, themed around exactly that. When girl roles are needed on the Skylemar stage, it’s easy. They just put on a wig, and have fun with it.
Red was terrific too. Their song leaders were Geoffrey P and Jack B. The entire team was amazing. Bosco and Cosme were stars, and had solos in several songs. Another star of the night was Noah S in Bunk 17. He played the piano for one of the songs while the kids sang. That’s a lot of pressure.
Their production number was based on the tv show “The Voice”. Lots of fun, and as always, there were a few wigs on the stage.
It was a fabulous night here at Skylemar. Counting our blessings, as we look around the Rec Hall. Every one of them, whether Red or Gray, is extraordinary.
Gray won the night 5-3 and drew even closer... tomorrow's finish should be another classic!