HALTON had the hallmark of champions at the weekend's Merseyside Youth Games.
Borough teams won four titles and many other honours at the two-day multi-sport event at Wavertree Sports Centre in Liverpool.
Secondary school highlights on Friday featured a triple gold strike in boys hockey through Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Sports College, girls hockey (The Heath Science and Technology College) and boys rugby (Wade Deacon High).
Silvers were claimed in girls cricket (Sts Peter and Paul), girls rugby union (Wade Deacon) and a bronze won by Cavendish School's boccia team.
Fairplay awards went to The Grange and Wade Deacon in girls football.
On Saturday, Ditton CE took gold in mixed hockey and Hill View bronze in the same sport.
Fair-play accolades went to Pewithall, All Saints Widnes and St John Fisher (all athletics); Murdishaw West and Moorfield (both girls football); Our Lady's and St Bede's (mini-basketball) and Moorfield and St Martin's (both cricket).
More than 300 Halton children took part, supported by team managers, teachers, volunteers and coaches.
Halton Borough Council's sports development team praised the success of the schools.
Cllr Phil Harris said: 'After only two years in the Merseyside Games our young people are making great progress and are to be congratulated.'
Halton's representatives were: Special schools - Ashley, Cavendish and Chesnut Lodge.
Secondary - The Grange, Wade Deacon, Sts Peter and Paul, The Heath.
Primary - Pewithall, All Saints Widnes, St John Fisher, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, St Bede's, St Martin's, Moorfield, Murdishaw West, Hill View, Ditton CE, St Michael's, Weston Primary.