Schools in the Tema municipality sprang many surprises at spectators of the 37th annual zonal athletics and table tennis competition held last week at the Tema Secondary School (TEMASCO).
The girls' squad of TEMASCO showed their superiority as hosts by snatching the giant trophy from St Mary's Secondary (MERRIES) with a total of 115 points as against 70 points by MERRIES, in the athletics competition.
Last year, MERRIES dominated in all the girls' events; however, the table turned in favour of TEMASCO this year.
Methodist Day Secondary School (MEDASS) came third with 43 points, while Holy Trinity Cathedral Secondary (HOTCASS) followed with 38 points.
Ebenezer Secondary (EBENSCO) and Ghanata Secondary School (GHANATA) tied in fifth place.
In the boys' category, Chemu Secondary School (CHEMUSCO) came first with 74 points, followed by TEMASCO with 67 points, while MEDASS and the Presbyterian Boys' Secondary, Legon, had 54 and 43 points to place third and fourth, respectively.
In the table tennis event, MERRIES outplayed all the teams to emerge as winners. HOTCASS, St Margaret Mary, Ningo Secondary and Ngleshie-Amanfro Secondary schools followed in second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.
In the boys' category, Accra Academy, who did not do well in the athletics, put up their best to stay at the top.
EBENSCO, Kinbu Secondary/Technical and GHANATA grabbed the second, third and fourth positions respectively.
For the second time running, Niiquaye Kotei of Amasaman Secondary/Technical retained his title as the Overall Best Male Athlete. He came first in the 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m.
Alberta Asante, a Form One student of TEMASCO, was adjudged the Overall Best Female Athlete. She won the 100m, 200m, high jump, long jump and also run the final lap in the 4 x 100m which pushed her school to win that race.
Alberta was selected last year from the Ablekuma South Metro to represent the Greater Accra Region during the Basic Schools meet in Tamale.
Story by Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa