If you ask a Skylemar camper to describe Color War, he’ll use one word: intense. The devotion to one’s team, the desire to be the best and the drive to win is over-the-top. They put every ounce of themselves into the game, performing above and beyond what would be expected. Of course mistakes are made, and it stings for a bit. At Skylemar, when the game’s over, it’s over, and we move on.
Tonight we put the intensity on hold, and enjoyed a Suzie Production: “Peter Pan”. 25 campers (and a few counselors) were able to squeeze learning lines and rehearsals into very packed days. For the first time in decades, the play was directed by a camper, Spencer S. Spence did a terrific job, and so did the entire cast. Congratulations to Ethan Fru, Xander, Harry H, Jake S, QB (the most athletic Tinker Bell of all time), Ethan F, Noah L, Bob, Tosh, Isaac G, Alex N, Aiden K, Eli K, Dion, Jarrod R,Will A, Cooper F, Oscar LR, Maxx, Ian F, Aidan R, Noah K and counselors.
Now, rewind to the day’s intensity…
As dawn broke this morning, yesterday’s rain had given way to a glorious, but hot, beautiful Day 3 of Color War 2018. Due to the schedule reshuffling, 25 different events were set to be contested, including a few make-up games from yesterday afternoon’s washout. With only a single point separating the teams, surely it couldn’t get any closer, could it?
After the morning “psych-up” rituals, both teams seemed determined to take charge as they headed out to play.
Gray finally won a point in Golf when its Cubs ended the Red domination at the SkyLinks with an impressive showing this morning. But Red Cubs bounced back with a win of their own, as the youngest guys again provided maximum excitement in Bocce so far, winning on the very last throw of the match.
Gray won 2 of 3 Hoops game to win Tigers Basketball, but Red Sophs answered back with a convincing win down at Trickey.
Red then pushed for the lead by winning Juniors Tennis, only to be thwarted again when Tyler M led Gray to a big win in Stars Lacrosse.
The Sophomores, refreshed from their morning at the Pond, then hustled up to the Fred Pierce Field in a make-up Baseball game, where Red won easily.
The Seniors also doubled up this morning by playing 2 Hockey games and 2 Football games to complete the morning docket. In Hockey, the teams traded 5-0 shutout wins with outstanding play by goalies Sam F and Enrique in the nets. The Seniors also split the 2 Football games with Chris and Jack B helping Gray hold on for a 1-point win in one, while Sam Shuey and Stevie starred for Red in the other.
And after all that, as the teams broke for lunch, the score, in fact, had drawn even closer….now only ½ point stood between them, with Gray still slightly ahead.
After lunch, both teams spent Rest Hour recuperating….and rehearsing for tomorrow night’s all-important Songs and Cheers competition (more on that to come later). Then, another quick team “pep rally” and out they went again, with each hoping again to establish control.
And finally, the tide did seem to turn.
Red came out fast by winning Cubs Tennis, but Gray once again remained on top with a win in Stars Waterfront. The Stars then hustled up to Tennis where they split the matches, keeping Gray in the lead.
In Seniors Lacrosse, Gray, after a slow start in a scoreless 1st quarter, then poured it on and coasted to victory.
But then Red won 2 of 3 Basketball games, highlighted by a come-from-behind, 1-point win on two late, made free throws by Zay-Zay in the final seconds, to secure the victory and carry Red in Sophomore Hoops; then watched its Tigers, behind Beckett’s hat trick in one game, and Corbin’s scoring punch in the other, win the Soccer point for Red as well.
The Red Juniors then won Hockey, which went their way when 2 of the 3 games ended in a tie, and the third was determined when Dylan Mdl’s lone goal stood up in the third to win the Hockey point for Red.
Yes, another incredible day…but Red’s afternoon run had now given them their first lead since midway through Day 1, although still by only the slimmest of margins. Now a little more than halfway done, and still as close as ever!