The forecasted rain blew through overnight and greeted Day 3 with a glorious Maine day. Red now held a slim lead, but Gray remained enthusiastic and confident. Not only has the overall score remained close, but each event seemingly could have gone either way. Today, the trend continued.
While Red began the morning by sweeping both games of Bocce, the Cubs duffers ventured out on the Sky Hills CC tract for morning match play, won by Gray 6-4 in the closest golf matches to date.
Red swimmers and skiers did enough to render the boating portion meaningless, winning another Waterfront point down on Trickey Pond.
The Juniors hit the courts – and a lot more tennis balls after splitting the singles and doubles matches 3-3. That left the skills competition to decide it, but after falling behind early in the ground strokes segment, Red aced the serving section and took the morning Tennis point.
Red’s slight lead was growing, but the Gray Tigers put a quick stop to that, winning a pair of Basketball games at the Hoops Courts. Luke Y hit the biggest shots in a 14-12 barnburner on the upper court, while down below, Sebi’s unsung play defensively and all-court hustle carried Gray in Game 2 as well.
Red then turned the tide back in their favor with two impressive wins in Seniors Hockey. Jack P starred in one dominant win, while Tyler N and Aaron P were the only “skaters” who found the net in the other. Red Freshmen then dominated a Football game on the Rec Hall gridiron before Gray got back on track with a late comeback win on the Bunkline field, highlighted by Danny M’s last minute “pick-6” to seal it. Connor had a “pick-6” of his own for Red in defeat.
The Stars finished off the morning with two very hotly contested Lacrosse games over at the Hejduk, probably the most anticipated spectator draw of any sporting event during Color War. The younger Divisions really love to watch their leaders go at it, and today’s action was no different. In the first contest, Carson’s success at the face-off X controlled much of the action for Red in a 7-4 win. Game 2 provided the most evenly matched display of talent, physicality and great spirit we’ve seen by both teams yet. Captain Aiden was sensational on offense for his Gray men, while Captain Coop showed some incredible defensive prowess for his Red guys. It is said that “defense wins championships,” and that held true today. A late, crafty trail-check by Coop to save a sure tying goal started a fast-break scoring opportunity, converted by Red, to close out a fantastic 9-7 victory in front of the packed Hejduk onlookers. This put Red in control as we hit the halfway point of this incredible week.
The earliest results of the afternoon came from Freshmen Golf and Bocce on the Links and in the Garden. Gray swept both to quickly close the gap. Red then answered just as convincingly as Landon and the Red Seniors made short work of Gray in a lopsided 7-1 win at Sky II.
The Cubs again dueled to the finish like they have been all Color War, this time on the Tennis courts on both sides. Red and Gray split the 6 singles and doubles matches, leaving it to the skills competition to settle it. Tennis Director Ted beamed with pride as he watched some much improved little guys show off, with Red again just a bit better, securing the point, and now building their advantage even more.
Red kept the pressure on, but Gray continued to fight back. In Juniors Hockey, Red led in both games only to succumb to Gray’s unwillingness to relent, fighting back to tie both games and gain the split. Red continued to press on. In Stars Waterfront, Nate’s efforts in the kayak race had the dock rockin’ for Gray, but again Red skied off to another Trickey victory. Red had command with two events left to finish, and had Gray reeling a bit.
Then the Gray Sophomores responded in a Hoops Trifecta – a trio of simultaneous games played inside and out. When the teams split two well-played games on the outdoor courts (decided by 5 total points between them), all awaited word from the indoor gym at Sky II to decide it. There Gray blew out Red to win the Basketball point, and maybe begin to turn the momentum back their way.
A few minutes later down on the Snow Field in Tigers Soccer, Gray scored a tie-breaking, game-winning goal as the final whistle sounded to win in spectacular fashion, and creep within striking distance of the lead as Day 3’s Color War activities ended. Red still led… but Gray was lurking.
A welcome break from the Color War intensity, it was time to kick back and enjoy another amazing Suzie Production, “Willy Wonka”. Congratulations to an all-star cast, who somehow found time to learn lines while playing harder than ever for their Color War team. Now that’s a win!
Willy Wonka Cast
Wonka Kyle YA, Aidan R
Charlie Hayes N, Jack W
Grandpa Joe Noah L
Augustus Gloop Ethan R
Violet Jake S
Mike Teavee Keith O
Mr. Salt Ryder
Mr. Bucket Noah K
Mr. Beauegarde Teddy S
Mrs. Gloop Eli D
Mr. Teavee Jonah K
Grandpa George Eli W
Grandma Georgina Jagger
Grandma Josehina Nolan B
Candy Man Cooper E
Phineous Trout Ethan V
Matt Cooper F