In Kisumu, skipper Dennis Odhiambo scored from the spot to salvage a point for Thika United to draw 1-1 against Western Stima while Moses Otieno netted the winner as Posta Rangers beat Sofapaka 1-0 in the final match of the day at Kasarani Stadium.Ekaliani Ndolo and Collins Shivachi were on target to hand Tusker a slim lead at the summit on nine points, one behind Mathare while AFC leopards, who lock horns with arch rivals Gor Mahia in Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby come forth on seven points.On form Wycliffe Ochomo continued with his brilliant goal scoring run to send Muhoroni ahead after two minutes of play when he curled in a free-kick for his fourth goal of the season to take an early lead in the top scorers chart.The Brewers found their rhythm in the 20th minute with Humphrey Mieno commanding the midfield but the Muhoroni backline remained firm to deny Tusker forwards the break through.The Paul Nkata side thought they had restored parity nine minutes later when Jackson Macharia fed Ndolo, who was flagged off side despite finding the back of the net.Tusker mounted pressure five minutes to half time with Shivachi pulling a thunderous strike but Muhoroni keeper Faruk Shikalo stood tall to finger tip for a fruitless corner.The visitors showed impressive determination to recover through Ndolo’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time when the former Sofapaka midfielder benefited from a fortunate deflection that freed him down the left before cutting in to pick the par post.Muhoroni should have found themselves two up in the 71st minute but captain James Situma came to his side’s rescue when he headed away Abbas Akinyemi’s attempt.However, the host could not contain the pressure five minutes later when Shivachi directed a header past Shikalo from Danson Kago’s corner to seal the win that saw Muhoroni pick their first loss of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Timonah Wanyonyi in action in the past SPL.Photo/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, March 5 – Tusker FC leap frogged Mathare United to move top of the SportPesa Premier League following their 2-1 win away to Muhoroni Youth on Saturday.In the early kick-off, Mathare were held to a goalless draw by visitors Kakamega Homeboyz at Kasarani stadium while Chemelil Sugar and Nairobi City Stars fired blanks to settle for a barren stalemate in Awasi.
Then they walked into their old high school auditorium for the first time in more than 60 years to sit on hard wooden seats and sing their alma mater one more time before honoring one of their own with his long overdue high school diploma. Joe Osaki had gone to grammar school with most of them, but he didn’t get to go to high school with them. His high school diploma is from Manzanar High School, a makeshift school set up on the grounds of an internment camp for Japanese-American families during World War II. “I can remember the military police coming on campus that day and taking him away,” said former classmate Joe Beckwith. “We were all stunned. It was so sad. He was our friend. We had grown up together, played together. He wasn’t a threat to anyone.” The Eisenhowers sat across from the Trumans at the picnic table as the star quarterback talked about milking cows before school. For a few precious hours Saturday, Canoga Park High School’s Greatest Generation came home one more time. More than 170 silver-haired grads from all the school’s classes in the 1940s – and a few from the 1930s – gathered in the quad to eat hamburgers and hot dogs, share old stories and remember when they could look south from the school and see nothing but alfalfa fields all the way to Ventura Boulevard. After lunch, they filed past stands of old black-and-white class pictures of themselves and stopped at a table set up to determine who had the most children, the most marriages, the most husbands and other “mosts.” But after only two months at Canoga High in 1941, Joe Osaki was gone. Sixty-six years later, the high school classmates he never had stood and applauded as Canoga Park High School Principal Pam Hamashita – whose own parents were interned at Manzanar – handed Joe his diploma from Canoga Park High. A grateful Osaki – who went on to become a quality-control inspector at Rockwell before retiring – thanked his friends for remembering him and quietly sat down. The day wasn’t for opening old wounds. It was for having fun, seeing old classmates and telling stories they hadn’t told in years. The old newspaper clippings tacked on the bulletin board said Mario Giacopuzzi was a heck of a quarterback, leading Canoga High to two city football championships in the mid-1940s. But it was cows that Giacopuzzi wanted to talk about 60 years later. They could hit harder than any football player he ever went up against. “Sports were easy for me; milking cows before school every morning, now that was tough,” said Giacopuzzi, whose family was well-known in the dairy business during those years. His cousin, Lindo Giacopuzzi – Class of 1935 – sat next to him laughing. Yeah, the cows were tough, but so were the hoodlums he busted while working 10 years on LAPD’s gangster squad back in the 1950s. “They needed guys on the squad who could speak Italian,” said Lindo, 91, who retired from the force in 1965 as a sergeant at West Valley Division. “They figured all gangsters had to be Italian. They weren’t.” A few tables away, Art Eisenhower – Class of 1944 – and Lee Truman – Class of 1946 – and both cousins of former presidents – sat with their wives. The women were also Canoga High grads, and they talked about old teachers they had. Over the loudspeaker, Tommy Dorsey played trombone and Doris Day sang “Love Me Or Leave Me.” Most of the classmates at the table – Harlan Gurney, Harold and Chuck Morse and Janet Flowers – had known one another since grammar school at Encino Elementary School. “We went there together for eight years, then four more here before most of the guys went into the service,” Gurney said. Rudy Bischof, who organized the reunion – the first these classes have had in 12 years – gave up trying to count how many students at Canoga Park High from the Greatest Generation served their country. A lot. “It would be easier trying to count who didn’t,” he said. “I know we lost over 20 young men just from our school.” Enough, Bischof said. This wasn’t a day for opening old wounds. He wanted the classes of the 1940s to make some serious noise in that auditorium like they used to. Think young, he told them. And they did. For a few precious hours Saturday, Mario Giacopuzzi and his teammates stood on stage again at a pre-game pep rally while the student body cheered them on to victory. “Touchdowns Away,” the classes of the 1940s belted out to the tune of “Anchors Away.” “Push down that field, my boys, on to our goal Fight for Canoga High and we will do the rest Rah! Rah! Rah! It’s the victory we want. We’re sure to win!” And the Greatest Generation did. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!