WINSLOW — Saturday just before noon, the most competitive event of the high school sports preseason, if not the entire fall, took place at Winslow High School. The participants look forward to this all off season. For the winner, it can set the tone for the season to come.
Of course, we’re talking about the annual dance contest during the Winslow field hockey play day.
Before the teams get caught up in the regular-season playoff chase and rivalries, and before parents and fans get wrapped up in playing time and perceived mistakes made by officials, the dance off was a reminder that high school sports are supposed to be fun.
“We love doing things like that,” Winslow senior Mariah Morrison said after she and the Black Raiders danced and sang their way to the championship.
The prize was ice cream and bragging rights. Bragging rights make a great prize, because it can be as big as you want to make it.
There were 22 teams at the Winslow play day. Eight of them took part in the lunch break dance off. Surrounded by teams and fans lounging on the field, each dance off team did a routine ranging between 30 seconds and a few minutes. Just before taking the field, Winslow quickly rehearsed in a nearby equipment shed.