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Saline vs Cranbrook 1988-1993
Posted By: WingNut10100101010101 This article has been published
8/12/2008
It is the story of the haves vs the have-nots, the good vs evil, the David vs Goliath, the public school vs private school rivalry that lasted during my high school days.

Saline, MI is mostly farmland -- at least was back in the late 1980s. We were mostly public school kids playing on public tennis courts.

Cranbrook is Bloomfield Hills top Private boarding school (was even mentioned in M&M's 8 mile rap) with kids hailing from all of the world. They had a private indoor tennis center and were perennially ranked #1 and were class B state Champs for the last 10 years in a row.

Of course we public school kids took our licks but we kept coming back. When Saline played Cranbrook it was funny to witness the dynamic -- Saline with its dozens of Soccer (Tennis) mom's in their sons varsity Jacket or sweaters rooting on their kids and Crankbrook only with their coaches and trainers. They had all the money in the world, but you had to feel sorry for them.

The culmination, for me, really came at State Finals 1988. Our number 1 singles was in a grueling match against his number one rival. The Saline "family" was there in force. I will never forget looking around and spotting Cranbrook players here and there, sitting back in the shadows and wishing they had what we had. They were even cheering for Saline.

Everything really came from our coach. He believed in the spirit of the game and the power of A TEAM. We may have only won a handful of the dozens of matches we played against them but there was no other team I would have rather been on.
 
 
 

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