East African and National Secondary Schools basketball champions, Laiser Hill and Shimba Hills are among the 18 schools nominated for the Soya Awards schools category.
Laiser Hill beat 75-65 in the East African final in Fort Portal to extend Kenya’s region the throne. Laiser Hill won national championships in Kanguru, Embu.
Shimba Hills defeated compatriots Lang'ata 30-27 in the final to become the second team after Mombasa High to lift the girls’ trophy.
Both Shimba Hills and Lang’ata were making their debut at the regional event. Soya organisers also nominated East African girls’ handball champions, Mukumu and national queens Maraba to the list of schools to contest for the honours in the newly introduced category. Both Mukumu and Maraba came out of the blues to reign supremacy at both national and regional games. Mukumu handball team was the first from the school to play at the national championships since their volleyball side won in 2005.
The event organiser, Paul Tergat said he has been following the schools event and is very impressed. He said he is happy that the schools that have won Soya awards had continued to maintain top standards.
Full list of nominees:
Cheptil volleyball team (2nd at EA and national)
Lang’ata football team (4th EA and national champs)
Laiser Hill basketball team (EA and national champs)
Kakamega 15s rugby (EA and national champs)
Malezi College lawn tennis team (National champs since 2004)
Malava volleyball team (Form ones and twos outfit winning nationals and qualifying for EA. Lost at preliminaries)'
Kamusinga boys’ hockey team (Winners EA and 2nd nationally)
Kisumu Day (2nd EA Games)
Shimba Hills basketball team (EA and National champs)
Cheptil volleyball team (2nd EA and 3rd nationally)
Lugulu volleyball team (Won EA and nationals)
Lwak hockey team (2nd EA and national champs)
St Cecilia Misikhu (EA queens and 2nd nationally)
Mukumu handball team (EA champs and 2nd nationally)
Maraba (2nd EA and national champs)
Malezi College lawn tennis team (national champs since 2004)