On the PGA Golf tour, they call the day before the final day, “moving day” – that’s when someone hopefully makes a big move for the lead to position themselves perfectly for the final push to victory. Both teams were hoping to make Day 4 their ‘moving day,” setting themselves up for tomorrow afternoon’s final closing event (more on that tomorrow). Mother Nature reared her head again, pounding all participants with sweltering heat in a cloudless Sky, requiring extra hydration, extra sunscreen, and extra effort from both sides. And that’s exactly what we saw….
With sweat streaming from every pore, the boys fired up the engine and again gave us another remarkable day. After some of the most intense, hard fought games so far, what stood out most were the moments just after their contests had ended. Guys from opposite teams, lined up to shake hands, drenched with the spoils of battle, hugging each other instead of the traditional “good game” formality. These guys really left it out there, and both Red Captain Jack and Gray Captain Daniel have led their charges in the most sportsmanlike, respectful Skylemar way ever since the opening bell. We couldn’t be prouder….
On to the action…This morning, Red used the bit of momentum seized yesterday to spur them on, while Gray was determined to take back the lead.
On the Football fields, Brody’s scoring and Brayden’s ‘D’ led Red to a two-game sweep in Cubs Football. Red also won Sophomores Tennis and came from 2-nil down to tie Seniors Soccer over on the Hejduk. The Juniors had the closest games yet on the Hoop courts, with 6 points total separating the teams in a 3-game set, with Red again coming out on top. When they followed with an 8-5 weather-related make-up Softball win, and another in Stars Bocce, Red was surging ahead.
Gray fought back, though, when in Stars Golf, Aiden P came from 2 down to halve his match and securing Gray’s win in the closest links matches we’ve seen. Then Gray won two games in Tigers Lax, and let Red know they weren’t going away….a Red morning for sure, but Gray still within striking distance.
After breaking for lunch, the teams had an extensive rehearsal as they prepared for tonight’s most impactful night of Color War, Songs and Cheers (with 8 points at stake).
But first, another afternoon filled with more highlight-reel footage. The Juniors split the Golf and Bocce points, while the Stars split a pair of two, close, very well-played games down at the Hockey rink. In Cubs Soccer, the first game went to Red helped by a timely goal finished by Charlie H, and when game 2 played to a scoreless tie, Red survived.
Gray looked for a spark and got it by dominating in one game, then scoring the last 3 buckets to win the other and sweep Seniors Basketball. The Gray Tigers followed suit by out-stroking Red to win Tennis and keep Red in sight.
The most exciting finish of the day came in the 2nd of two Sophomore Lax games, the last contest of the day. Since all other events had concluded, the Hejduk hosted the largest crowd of the day…and looked on as Harrison S scooped up a loose ball, bobbed and weaved through a stout Gray ‘D’ and hit the back of the net with 3 seconds left to tie the game, sending the throng of Red supporters into a frenzy on the sideline, preserving Red’s game 1 win and carrying the point.
Red had held its lead, but Gray remained close….and hoped to cut into the lead with a big win tonight in the first ever OUTDOOR Songs and Cheers competition, performed right out in front of the Rec Hall on the SkyBox stage. And what a beautiful, spirited night it was…
Each team had prepared for days – writing, learning new songs and practicing old ones, and somehow were ready to go this evening under the stars in front of the entire camp. And they sung their hearts out. A Team Cheer, Camp Cheer, Team Fight Song, Old Camp Song, Original Camp Song, and Production Number were required, and both teams put on fine shows. Outstanding solos were performed by the Brothers Brooks and Cornick, and the duo of Alexander S and Zach F. Red gave us their version of “Pablo’s Quinceanera”, while Gray let us in on their special musical take of “The Sandlot”. It was hard to tell it was a competition watching them all have so much fun on stage together….a terrific night for all in attendance for sure. The 3 unanimously-selected judges deliberated, and Shep announced the results: 5-3 Gray.
Buckle up sports fans, this finish should be spectacular! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s finale….TUGS!