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Jays thank their sponsors

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — On Tuesday, team members of the Eight Mile Rock High Blue Jays senior boys basketball team paid a courtesy call on executives at the Grand Bahama Shipyard to give their thanks and share their experience after winning the High School Basketball Tip-Off Classic. The Blue Jays knocked off the Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons to win the championship.

According to school principal Dwayne Higgs, this was the first time the trophy took up residence in the west, so they felt it was only fitting and appropriate to thank their school’s sponsors.

Higgs said the various sporting teams at Eight Mile Rock are continuing to achieve a lot in sports, therefore, he thanked their corporate sponsors for helping with their sports facility, as he promised that they would make a greater effort through the use of the facilities provided to win more trophies.

Carl Rotkirch, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Grand Bahama Shipyard, congratulated the team, stating that the Eight Mile Rock basketball team has over the years been very successful in their tournaments in Grand Bahama.  He told the team that it came as a surprise for him that they did so well, but he said, he always believed in the team.

“Job well done,” Reuben Byrd, vice president of the Grand Bahama Shipyard told the team, the principal and the head coach, as he told the press that one of the things that they are all about is team spirit and teamwork, “and evidently this is what you get when you have team work,” he added. “You have guys working together as a team for one common goal and this is your prize.  It’s something like teamwork and leadership, as Mr. Rotkirch said, is something we strive for at the shipyard.  It’s something we want to give back to the community, to instill in our employees, to give back to the community and we want to make sure that we have many more successful teams, and Eight Mile Rock is our school!”

Head Coach Quinton Hall noted the importance of the role played by Byrd in showing support. 

He thanked the Grand Bahama Shipyard for all its help.

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