The annual Hill-IJ and Acropolis-IJ games are a focal point of the summer for the Senior Camps. It has become an all-day alumni celebration as campers and counselors from the not-to-distant and distant pasts return to share the game-time thrills and renew relationships with Saginaw friends.
For both the Hill and Acropolis the build-up for these annual grudge matches against teams from the Inter-Junior Camps is serious business. New uniforms, new banners, and new cheers are all part of the script and the final act is hopefully another dominating win for both teams.
Much like the Hillmen, the Acropolis minions march across upper field singing and chanting in unison the praises of their squad. There is even an exalted throne for Hera their fearless leader.
Part of the pageantry is the introduction of the starting line-ups.
Once the action starts there is rabid fan support for the Acropolis Doves in a full color spectacle of a game.
A big part of this day is to welcome returning Alumni who come to hang out with old friends and relive the thrill of supporting the Hawks and the Doves.
How about this for a full circle connection with the deeper past. Shirley Chalick with her granddaughter Emmie Kaplan (the beautiful likeness is undeniable). I remember when Emmie’s mother Beth was prowling about the Saginaw campus in the late 1960’s.
The Zeus 1 on the back of Emmie’s throwback jersey ties us back to her grandfather Connie who was the first to sit on that throne in 1957.
For the Hill Hawks prep for the Hill-IJ Game goes on from the first week of camp but ramps rapidly the last week as the game approaches. There are marches to the Mess Hall to state their case to the IJ through songs way older then they are:
Victory’s our byword
As our voices is lifted skyward
Sing as we take our colors ever onward
Sing as our voices ever grow
Sing let them hear us
Every enemy will fear us
Fight for the banner that is dearest to you
Fight for the banner of the Hill
And banners to unfurl representing each year’s support for the principles of The Hill-Loyalty, Sportsmanship, Class, and Victory.
Preceding the game the team and the Hillmen prepare for their grand entrance march in the traditional “H” formation.
Followed by the break of formation and the charge of the troops to the field of battle.
The last psych circle before the introductions of the starting line up.
One more tradition to respect, this year’s Hillman of Honor, Jake Silverstein, assumes his duty as the official game scorekeeper.
Batter up……. let the game begin….Drew Geller was outstanding as the game’s MVP
Max Gold Zeus XXXI has the duel roll of managing and leading the squad by example.
This one went perfectly to script as the Hillmen carried the day.
Another chapter of Hill-IJ Game and Acropolis-IJ Game lore has been written and there were smiles all around.
August 6, 2016