SAGINAW HIGH SCHOOL TROJANS
(Senate - March 28, 1996)

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                      SAGINAW HIGH SCHOOL TROJANS

 Mr. LEVIN. Mr. President, I rise today to honor the Saginaw 
High School boys basketball team. On Saturday, March 23, 1996, the 
Trojans from Saginaw, MI, won the Michigan Class A State basketball 
championship over Southfield Lathrup by a score of 67 to 60. The game 
took place in front of 11,000 raucous fans at Michigan State 
University's Breslin Center.
  The Trojans showed great character in their journey to the State 
championship. In their semifinal game, the Trojans rebounded from a 19-
point deficit to win and move on to the championship. Once again in the 
championship game, the Trojans had to come back from a large deficit to 
win--this time they were behind by 12 points.
  In the championship game, the Trojans succeeded against great odds. 
The story of David and Goliath comes to mind when envisioning the game 
between Saginaw and Southfield Lathrup. Saginaw High faced a team with 
a considerable size advantage, but the Trojans were not intimidated and 
continued to play the way they had all season long, stressing teamwork 
and defense. The Trojans caused 21 turnovers, scoring 22 points off 
those turnovers.
  The Trojans' hard work and determination which marked their 
championship victory is nothing new to those familiar with the team. 
The Trojans' coach, Marshall Thomas, said after the game, ``No other 
team will outwork us.'' The Trojans have surely shown us how hard they 
will work and what heart they have in coming back from two large 
deficits to win the Michigan State championship.
  But it wasn't just the team who showed great heart in winning the 
State championship, as the players and coaches are quick to point out. 
Support from the students, faculty and community was vital for the 
Trojans to overcome such long odds. Trojans' fans traveled all over the 
State to cheer their team on to victory. The fans continued to give 
their team strong support regardless of the score of the game.
  I know that my Senate colleagues join me in congratulating Saginaw 
High School on winning the Michigan Class A State basketball 
championship.

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