Mother Nature did her part and gave us another spectacular day for Color War competition… and the boys provided the rest. The morning meetings this 2nd day came from a different perspective than Day 1, but the messages remained positive just the same. While Red leaders urged their team to “keep it up, keep the pressure on, and keep doing what you’re doing” after a great first day, Gray leaders remained positive and let their guys know just how confident they were in the way they performed and the effort they gave - and that some of those close games will fall their way today, wiping out the slight Day 1 deficit.
Morning activities found the Cubs and Stars on the courts, the Tigers at the rink, the Sophs on the gridiron, the Juniors down at Trickey and the Seniors at the Fred Pierce Field.
Just like yesterday’s opening, once again both teams gathered at the Freddy Pierce to watch the first inning, this time for the Seniors. The Seniors this year include boys from the election ballot (Bunk 28) who also deserve the same all-camp spotlight given to the Stars candidates yesterday, not to mention the group who will be on next year’s ballot – so why not give them their proper recognition as well? And the Gray Seniors responded by putting up 5 runs in the first, and cruising to a 9-2 victory. Red’s two runs came on the strength of solo shots by Alex D and Logan A.
The action at the Hoops courts saw 4 games played in the Cubs division with each team winning a pair. Jamie and Nathan A were a tough combo for Gray in one of the wins, while Archie starred for Red in one of theirs.
Stars Tennis was the closest in years, with one point separating the teams in the Skills Challenge portion while Red held serve in the matches to win.
In Football, Soph Owen M looked more like Bronco pass rusher Von Miller with 7 sacks of his own, dominating the line in a big Red win in one game. But in the other, Alex B and Casey H led Gray to a 46-38 win with highlight-reel plays on both sides of the ball.
Gray’s Seniors won Waterfront, which for the 3rd straight division needed the Ski-off to decide it.
Tigers Hockey had 3 very close, well-played games. Gray won the first 2-0 behind tallies by Sam and Harry. Carson and Ben G scored for Red, but Danny and Brayden responded for Gray to forge a 2-2 tie in game 2. Then Callum gave Red all it needed for the split by scoring the lone goal for Red in game 3.
Gray had closed the gap and turned the momentum their way as the boys headed for lunch….
The afternoon events couldn’t come soon enough as Gray was now rolling…but with an eye toward the last night of Color War’s Songs and Cheers competition, both teams began preparations with a modified Rest Hour and opening practices for Tuesday night’s performances.
And then off they went, right back at it on venues all over camp for the afternoon contests. Red looked intent on holding off the Gray charge with a dominating performance in Sophomore Baseball over at Sky II, behind Isaac’s pitching and a 1st inning Grand Slam by Jack P.
Gray Tigers bounced back with another win at Trickey, although this time no skiing was needed as they won both the Kayak Races and the Swim Meet.
In Junior Basketball, two very tight games both went Red’s way, again fighting off Gray’s comeback bid. Ty Ma scored from all over in leading Red in one game, and Reid was outstanding in the other.
Once again, the little guys excited the crowd, this time on the Sky I Lacrosse field. After Will D led a come-from-behind 7-5 win in the first game, Red Cubs then scored twice in the last minute of game 2 to complete the improbable sweep.
After Red won the Senior Football game on the Rec Hall field, it certainly seemed that they had not only held off Gray’s comeback attempt but was about to open it up. But just when they needed it, Logan B let everyone know that Gray was very much alive. With pinpoint accuracy and speed to burn, he showed off an array of great quarterback play in leading Gray to a big win on the Bunk Line field.
The Gray Stars then followed suit with a hard-fought 1-0 win in an extremely evenly played match on the Hejduk Soccer Pitch. Will P settled it with a perfectly-placed free kick to win it for Gray in the 2nd half … and keep them right in this thing.
After two days, Red still holds the lead, but based on how close these contests have been, anything can happen. Stay tuned…...
Heard this today...
Sam S, during the Morning Show: "Wake up Sky II. Especially you counselor Matt Wright. I'm going to miss you and I love you."
Matt the Counselor: (silence and a couple of tears)
Only at Skylemar.