Keanu Barnhill, CFNN Reporter
This past Saturday, October 26th, our Cape Fear Marching Colts attended the Capital Cup competition at Sanderson High School in Raleigh. It was a long and tiring day for the Colts, reporting at 8 A.M. and returning to school around 1 A.M. The Colts have been working hard to make sure they put on the best show of the season.
When the Colts arrived at Sanderson, they all woke up from their cat naps on the bus, eager to get into uniform and head into warm up. They had a solid warm up, and their spirits were high. The preliminary performance was not as good as the Colts expected. While they were all proud of the run, they knew they could have done better and hoped they would get another chance in the finals.
When awards were called, Cape Fear placed 2nd overall for color guard of the day, losing to Smithfield Selma by one point. The Colts placed 7th, which gave them a shot at the finals. They were thrilled when they heard their name called as a finalist. They rushed back to the buses to get ready to put on a show once again.
They took the field second in the finals. The second show of the day was a much better performance; they played louder and stronger than before, definitely better as a unit than the preliminary show. Night had fallen during the finals, so the lights on the props in the guard’s hair really stood out and added a great “wow” effect to the show.
The crowd went crazy for the Colts performance. As the voice overs played, and the lights flashed on and off, the audience would let out a loud “Woaaah!” The crowd went wild, screaming and cheering at impacts. When they finished the show with the final “power off,” our Colts got a standing ovation from the crowd. They came off the field smiling and proud of their performance. Some of the members of the band and guard said that it was their best run yet.
When awards for finals rolled around, the Colts were nervous. They listened anxiously for their school to be called. Our Marching Colts placed 5th in finals. It was a proud moment as they had moved up two placements from preliminary round to finals.
Hard work paid off for the Colts, and their long hours of practice showed in one of the final shows of the year. The Colts left Raleigh exhausted but satisfied.
Our Marching Colts’ season is quickly heading to its end; they will attend their final competition next Saturday, November 2nd at Scotland County High School. They look forward to giving their all one last time.