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Laiser hill, St. Anthony Kitale among schools shortlisted for sports personality of the year awards

Laiser Hill and St. Anthony’s school Kitale are among teams short-listed in the boys’ category for next week’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

In a 2023 year that saw national and regional secondary school sports games’ favorites maintain their dominance, with others resurrecting after periods of dull performances, the championships were marked by the emergence of schools that caught the eye with impressive performances worth the recognition.

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Nyanza’s Onjiko, Namwela, Butula, Hospital Hill, Mbooni High, Musingu High and Ruthimiti are some of the shortlisted schools that fall into this category, with Kayonzo earning its place in the category after pulling up their socks in the teams’ competitions.

St. Anthony continued their dominance as the kings of football at the school level, beating Dagoretti High School 2-0.

They also made an appearance at the East Africa Games in Huye, Rwanda which catapulted several star players including Aldrine Kibet, Amos Wanjala, Joseph Omuse and Allan Kasavuli who went on to play for the national under -18 team at the Cecafa U-18 Championships in November.

Their dominance wasn’t on the football scene only, as they imposed their skill and style of play in hockey, qualifying for the Rwanda Games and finishing third after they beat Uganda’s St. Mary’s Kisubi 2-0.

In basketball, Rift Valley’s Laiser Hill narrowly edged Dagoretti High School 45-43 to clinch their ninth national crown in 17 years. They would slump to fourth in the regional games after losing 76-44 to Rwanda’s LDK in the third-place playoff.

Kakamega’s Kayonzo’s dominance on the rugby scene gained them recognition, as they walked away with both the national and regional titles. Kayonzo’s impressive 108 points scored with 0 conceded in the group stages of the national championships, was clear evidence of a well-oiled machine.

 

 

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