Nobles Day Brings Mixed Results
by James Oh on Friday, November 18th, 2016
The Milton Academy Mustangs took on the Noble and Greenough School Bulldogs on Saturday, November 12th. This storied tradition marks the end of the fall athletic season and spirit week, both of which boasted Milton’s zeal for sports and school pride. According to Milton Academy’s website, Milton’s rivalry with Nobles began during a football game in the fall of 1886 and still remains as one of the most highly anticipated events of the school year.
During spirit week, which started Monday and ended on the Friday of Nobles Day, students demonstrated their school pride by dressing up in different themes for each day of the week. Monday was Tropical Day; Tuesday was Twin Day; Wednesday was Wacky Day; Thursday was Blue and Orange Day for the Pep Rally; and Friday was Flashback Day. Unlike former years, the choice to replace Groutfit Day and Ugly Flannel Day with Flashback Day and Tropical Day led to a higher amount of costumes from both students and faculty.
The Pep Rally is a special time in the year because it is one of the few times the whole school, from kindergarteners to high school seniors, congregates in the ACC to build excitement for the upcoming games against Nobles. Many upper school students can agree that the athletes and fans feed off of the energy from the lower school students. Highlights from the Pep Rally included an incredible performance from the step and dance teams in addition to a promotional video of Rivalry Day showing various Milton athletes as well as our head of school, Mr. Bland.
Even though all the games were held at Nobles this year, Milton fans cheered passionately for every sport and for both junior varsity and varsity teams. This year was especially special for Milton fans because our newly designed, newly named mascot, Stan the Stang, made an appearance and cheered all the teams on in the stands. Even with the increasingly cold weather on Saturday, our athletes and fans proudly wore orange and blue on a very successful Rivalry Day for the Mustangs.
The games started at 10:30 in the morning and lasted until 3 o’clock in the afternoon. At the end of the day, JV Boys’ Soccer, JV Volleyball, Varsity Girls’ Soccer, and Varsity Football all tallied up victories for Milton. Boys’ Varsity soccer also tied to advance their season into the post-season. Dan Cox (I), a member of the Varsity Football team, described his experience on Nobles day after a tremendous win, saying it was an “incredible honor” to win and a “beautiful ending to [his] senior career.” Thanking his friends, family, and all the fans that showed their support for the Mustangs through the years, he was grateful to partake in such a historical event for the second time in his Milton career. Cox rose to the occasion and scored six of the 56 points scored by the Mustangs on Saturday.
Arguably one of the most exciting upsets of the day came from Varsity Girls’ Soccer as they beat the top team in the ISL 2-0. Jenny Feeney (I) described this win as “the best way to wrap up [her] senior year.” This win also marked the first time that Girls’ Soccer beat Nobles in the last six years.
While Nobles Day is full of celebrations and excitement, it also marks the conclusion of many students’ athletic careers at Milton. During such a day, families of seniors from both teams often receive roses from their sons or daughters before or after the game as a sign of appreciation. Although fans are mostly eager to watch the actual game rather than the moments before or after the game, small yet special moments like these are what really make Nobles Day a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Win or lose, players on all the teams deserve praise for their unrivaled passion and sportsmanship. Thank you seniors and congratulations Mustangs!
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