The word that best describes Skylemar’s Color War is “intense”. Focus is laser sharp in every game. The competitive drive is stronger than possibly ever before. Whether Red or Gray, the boys are passionate about their team.
The rest of the camp season focused mostly on instruction, improving and having fun. Color War is the chance to put it all together and demonstrate all that you’ve learned.
Nevertheless, the intensity has an on-off toggle switch. During a psych-up meeting or an actual game, the switch is on. After the game, at meal time or in the cabin, they’re again the Skylemar band of brothers, paying no mind to color or division.
In fact, despite a schedule packed with competition, there were 20 boys who somehow fit in many hours of play rehearsal on top of it all. “Guys And Dolls” was a smash hit on the Gerhard Stage tonight. Congratulations to Spencer S, Alexander S, Ben A, Noah S Aiden K, Max Ros, Ben K, Leo S, Max S, Leo M, Isaac G, Ari A, Ethan F, Oliver, Jack C plus lots of staff members and others involved. Fabulous singing, great acting, and lots of fun stage-front and backstage. Incredible how they found the time to learn lines.
Many thanks to Cory, our talented and much-loved pianist/ropes course director, and to Ash, this year’s wonderful drama director. Ash, a top athlete, Skylemar alum and current parent, is one of those rare people in the world, with only goodness and kindness in his heart, who never ever (honest) loses his cool. He’s the complete opposite of the high-strung, hot-tempered drama director type. Instead, Ash “goes with the flow” and understands why one of his performers may instead want to go to a baseball or soccer game as opposed to rehearsal. Somehow, Ash waived his magic wand and pulled off a terrific show.
Now back to intensity. We sure did have another day filled with it. As Day 3 broke, Red’s advantage from Day 1 remained, and Gray had made several runs at the lead. Each time though, Red has been up to the challenge and thwarted off the potential change at the top. However, Gray just won’t roll over: Blake’s guys just keep coming.
This morning Gray took another bite into the lead, with 10 contests up for grabs. The Cubs continue to provide some of the closest, well-matched events of Color War as the Gray golfers were just a little better than Red on the links, then Gray grabbed the Bocce point too, in another thrilling, extended match in the Garden. Red though, took two of three Tiger Basketball games, Sophomore Waterfront and one Senior Hockey game to again hold off Gray’s surge. Gray then answered back with big wins in Junior Tennis and the other Senior Hoops game, along with a dominant victory in Stars Lacrosse. In all, six of ten events went to Gray, and the comeback was on.
The afternoon saw Gray continue their push for the lead, as they moved even closer to the lead. Again, Red looked to hold them off with dominant wins in Sophomore Basketball (Jalen was unstoppable) and Senior Lax. When Red also grabbed a win in the first Junior Hockey game, it looked as though once again they’d keep Gray down. But not this time! Ryan J scored a key goal, and Ethan V was impenetrable in the cage as Gray shut out the Red in the other Junior game, 2-0. Then the Gray Cubs won Tennis, outlasted Red in a most competitive Tiger Soccer game 3-2, and came back with JT’s great ski run to win the Stars Waterfront, setting up what looks to be a wild next two days.
More than halfway done, and this one’s still way too close to call.