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Both Dragons Teams Through To Semis

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Samuel Haven National High School Soccer Championships heat up as Lyford Cay Dragons dominate, Windsor School boys edge out GHS Magic, and the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association names its Davis Cup team amid controversy.

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Samuel Haven National High School Soccer Championships

The Samuel Haven National High School Soccer Championships continued yesterday with the conclusion of its preliminary round.

In game one, the Lyford Cay Dragons girls defeated the CV Bethel Stingrays 14-0. Issa Bournas scored six goals to lead the Dragons’ overpowering offense, and Yasmin Kennedy scored four goals.

In game two, the Windsor School boys defeated the GHS Magic 2-1. Windsor got an early two-goal lead, and the Magic were unable to score the equalizer in the second half.

In match three, the Dragons won again, defeating the CR Walker Knights 5-4 on penalty kicks. After a scoreless regulation, scoring picked up in the penalties. After Wilson Jasmin missed a penalty for the Knights, Joshua O’Brien scored the final goal for the Dragons, giving them the win.

The draw for the semifinal pairings will take place Monday morning. Teams on the girls’ side include St. Andrews, CR Walker, Lyford Cay, and Bishop Michael Eldon. Teams on the boys’ side include Anatol Rodgers, Windsor, Lyford Cay, and Lucayan International.

Tennis

Amid controversy surrounding the selection process, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association named its Davis Cup team. The team will be led by the country’s top-ranked player Justin Roberts, along with Rodney Carey Jr., Michael Major Jr., Donte Armbrister, and Denali Nottage. They will be coached by Ricardo Demeritte. The team will compete in the Americas Zone II, and their first tie will be June 17-22 in Paraguay.

Much of the dialogue around the team had been the noticeable absences, including Baker Newman and Kevin Major Jr. Newman earned a spot after winning the Giorgio Baldacci Nationals. BLTA executives said in an official release that Newman “communicated his inability to represent this year on the 2024 Cup.” Major then withdrew a day later due to several reasons, citing issues with the selection process of players, coaches, and BLTA executives.

Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn

Lourawls Nairn continues his ascent up the NCAA Division I coaching ranks. Nairn has been promoted to associate head coach under Tony Simon with the Bowling Green Falcons. Bowling Green was one of 10 teams in the nation to go from 20 losses in 2022-23 to 20 wins in 2023-24.

Nairn’s coaching career began as a player development coach with the Phoenix Suns in 2018. He followed with two seasons as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Michigan State, under Tom Izzo. In 2021, he became head coach at another former school, Sunrise Christian Academy, where he led them to an Elite Eight appearance in the National Prep Tournament.

10YS Plays of the Week

It’s Friday, you made it to the fun part, let’s get into top plays.

At number 5 – Jonquel Jones getting it done on both ends, on the boards, and running in transition, JJ with the finish.

At number 4 – BJ Murray has been on fire at the plate. This was his third home run in eight games.

At number 3 – Lyford Cay thought they had an easy goal in the box, heady play by CR Walker’s Robens L’Homme.

At number 2 – Jazz Chisholm has been getting it done at the plate, flashing the glove in the outfield with the web gem.

And at number 1 – Issa Bournas scoring her sixth goal of the match, with class… Lyford Cay football, Issa problem.

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