The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) term one games enters the final day this Saturday where champions will be crowned in both boys’ and girls’ hockey and basketball disciplines.
The fourth day of the championships had no major upsets but hosts and Nyanza’s biggest hopes Maseno School were bundled out of both boys’ basketball and rugby at the semifinal stages.
Maseno lost 10-21 to Kakamega High in the main cup semi-finals and the Western giants went on to lift the trophy for the second time in three years with a 31-8 thrashing of the brave and valiant St. Peters Mumias.
Kisii county’s Sameta won the shield final after overwhelming Malindi 33-14 while Mangu edged out Alliance 5-0 to win the Bowl. The plate trophy went to Rift Valley with Nakuru beating Upper Hill 7-5 in the final.
In basketball, Maseno failed to capitulate on the rapturous support of the home crowd as they went down 36-49 to Nairobi’s Upper Hill. Maseno could not find the mojo that saw them win the 2010 edition and reach last year’s final. Joseph Mboya top-scored for Upper Hill with 14 points which included two 3-pointers while James Aduke’s match-high 15 points for Maseno could not steer them to the finals.
Defending champions Laiser Hill proved too tense for Friends School Kamusinga beating the Westerners 80-51 to book their place in the finals which they are tipped to win.
In hockey, it will be East Africa champions versus national champions after both Kerugoya Girls and Kapkolei had an identical 2-1 win over Nyanza’s Sinyolo Girls and Asumbi Girls. Alphine Muriel and Yvonne Karanja were both on the scoresheet for Kerugoya with Colly Okumu scoring the consolation goal for Sinyolo. Lesley Chebet and Karen Jelagat scored for Kapkolei either side of Susan Okech’s 58th minute strike to book the national champions a date with Kerugoya girls which will be a repeat of last year’s finals.
Boys’ reigning champions St. Antony ended Lenana’s run in the competition with a 2-1 win and they will face Friends School Kamusinga in a repeat of last year’s final. Kamusinga advanced to the final thanks to a lone goal from Moses Ademba in the half-hour mark that knocked out Shimo La Tewa.
Meanwhile in swimming, Edward Ilako was head and shoulder ahead of his competitors as he stormed to win the senior boys’ 50m short course butterfly event at Agha Khan Primary School in Kisumu. Ilako stopped the clock at his season best 27:45 seconds to win Nairobi province the gold. Zubeir Mohammed from Coast came second at 30:35 seconds with his compatriot Abdula Rizeg finishing third.
National U-15 champion Anita Field dominated the field in both the 50, 100 and 200m events smashing national records on the way. She won the 50m backstroke event stopping the clock at 32:24 seconds which was a massive 2.56 seconds faster than the previous record of 34.80. She continued with her impressive form smashing the initial 100m breaststroke record of 1:18:52 held by Rashita Shah by no less than 5seconds.
Nyanza’s Josiah Diana successfully defended her title in the girls’ 50m butterfly senior category winning with a time of 34:47. Natasha Oduor finished second for Nairobi Province while Georgina Ochanda was content with the bronze for Central province.
In other results, Nawab Rhea won the girls’ 200m short course individual medley to grab gold with Antrbobus Kelly finishing second and Tracy Josiah third. Nairobi’s Ilic Pavle won the boys’ event followed by Haria Jinal and Abeid Ali from Coast.
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