Trans Nzoia and Nandi Counties dominated Rift Valley Secondary Schools Sports Association by winning soccer and volleyball titles for both boys and girls hosted at Kabarnet High School, Baringo County.
Playing with shock after morning news that three students from Lokichar secondary school had died on their way home from the games, St. Anthony Boys Kitale and Wiyeta Girls from Trans Nzoia County won their respective titles to represent the region at the national level set for Nyeri next month.
The former national champions won easily against Chemase Boys’ from Nandi county 4-0.
Philip Mayaka and Ely Saeni netted a brace each to seal the victory for the champions.
In the early morning semifinals, the champions knocked out defending champions Laiser Hill Academy of Kajiado 6-5 in a post match post-match penalties after a deadlock one all draw at the regulation time.
Chemase on the other side beat Ortum from West Pokot County.
“We are determined to win the same title at the National Championships ahead of the East African Games in Uganda in August,” said St Anthony Coach Peter Mayoyo.
It was also an easy win for Wiyeta Girls in girls’ soccer final. The Trans Nzoia based school beat Plateau Girls from Uasin Gishu County 4-0.
A brace from super striker Gentrix Shikanga, Maureen Akatsa and Monica Paul ensured their side qualifies for national champions. Shikanga was also a star during the soccer under 16 girls in the concluded national championships in Mombasa County where Wiyeta lost the national title to Olympic Girls from Nairobi.
Wiyeta edged out Tartar girls from of West Pokot by a solitary goal, the same margin during the Under 16 regional games scored by Shikanga while Plateau defeated Saseta of Bomet by the similar margin.
Tartar later emerged playoff winners after seeing off Plateau by the same margin.
It was an all Cheptil title in both volleyball boys and girls from Nandi county.
East Africa participants Cheptil boys were the champions in vollaeyball. The multiple national champions representing Nandi County edged out their neighbouirs Tuiywo boys of Uasin Gishu.
Dubbed the county derby, Cheptil beat Tuiywo in four setter three of 27-29, 25-23, 25-11, 25-21.
Cheptil won against Kabuyefwe of Trans Nzoia 3-0 while Tuiywo was made to fight before overcoming stubborn Cheweyot of West Pokot 3-2.
In the girls volleyball, Cheptil made a comeback to win the title with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-23 and 25-15) over Kabuyefwe.
In the playoffs, Kaboson of Bomet emerged the winners with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-19) win over Kerotet of Uasin Gishu.