The One-eighth Stage commenced with yet another set of interesting and thrilling contests. A few hours into the day’s contests, seven schools out of the 27 seeded schools took the count and lost their seeds, ushering new schools into the seed position. Indeed new histories are being written.
Here is a roundup of the day’s contests and a look into the schools that lost their seeds.
OKESS continues to impress
In the first day’s contest at the Saarah-Mensah Auditorium, Osei Kyeretwie SHS proved their worth after gaining consideration into the Preliminary Stage contest. After an impressive performance at the Prelims, OKESS has made a name again at the One-eighth Stage. They beat Bolgatanga SHS and Yaa Asantewa Girls’ SHS after a thrilling contest.
Osei Kyeretwie SHS has progressed to the Quarter Final Stage of the National Championship, sending Yaghs and Big BOSS back to their roots.
St. Louis SHS loses seed to Ghanata
During the second contest at the Saarah-Mensah auditorium, St. Louis SHS sorrowfully got knocked out of the National Championship after conceding defeat. The Kumasi-based all-girls school painfully lost their seed to Ghanata SHS. With an unimpressive start to the contest, St. Louis SHS put in all efforts to stretch Ghanata SHS and Odorgonno SHS. After a tensely close contest, Ghanata SHS prevailed and successfully secured a slot in the Quarter Finals.
Historic “Unseeding” of WEY GEY HEY
The last contest of the day featured Wesley Girls’ High School, Awudome SHS and Mawuli School. Yet another seed lost its root. The girls from Cape Coast had an impressive third round scoring 8/10 in the Problem of the Day but it wasn’t enough to save them from an unremarkable end-of-contest score. Having stayed so long in the list of seeded schools, WEY GEY HEY has grievously been unlisted by Mawuli School to make the list. This will forever be marked as a historic loss for Wesley Girls’ High School.
Abetifi Presby outshines Sonrise
At the Kumapley Auditorium, the pressure was on from the moment the day’s contests commenced. The first competition was set between Sonrise Christian High School, Abetifi Presby SHS and Kumasi Wesley Girls’ High School. Abetifi Presby SHS proved a point as they set the pace from round 1 to round 5. All efforts from Sonrise proved futile as the speed and quality of APSEC was unmatched.
APSEC claimed the slot to the list of seeded schools and as such qualifies for the Quater Finals Stage. Sonrise Christian High School has lost its seed.
SOGASCO lose to St. Hubert
The second contest saw Sogakope SHS lose its seed to St. Hubert Min. Sem & SHS. The contest started off as a two-man race between St. Hubert Min. Sem and Ashaiman SHS as Sogakope lagged behind. After a sheer display of intelligence, St. Hubert Min. Sem. robbed Sogakope SHS of their place in the list of seeded schools
KWABOTWE get seeded again after 2 years in the wilderness
Mfantsipim School became seeded again after beating Techiman SHS and Suhum Presby SHS in the One-eighth Stage. Super TESS, the seeded school were spectators in a thrilling showdown between Suhum PRESEC and KWABOTWE. Up until the final round, the auditorium was visibly tense with Mfantsipim School winning it late with a single-point difference against SUHUM PRESEC.
Aburi Presby unseed KASS
The final contest of the day spotlighted Aburi Presby SHTS after their impressive performance against Nkwatia Presby SHS and Anglican SHS, Kumasi. After staying in a comfortable lead throughout, they emerged victorious. They won themselves the Prudential life NSMQ Star award in addition, for a perfect score in the third round.
Only Tamale SHS managed to escape a historic mass unseeding, as the only Seeded school to keep their seed on the first day of the One-eighth Stage. It’s indeed a new season of the National Championship and new histories are being written.
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