MC deserves a break
The letter that appeared March 2, titled "Modesto Christian's attitude stinks," was very disturbing to me. I have a granddaughter who graduated from MC and a grandson who is currently attending there. Neither one attends the sports activities of MC, but they have received a very good education from the school.
This person says this school is a big status thing for people who think they are better than everyone else in the world. The names this person mentioned were rude, arrogant, disrespectful, self-centered, and none of them act like true Christians. I believe a true Christian would not call children as young as 4 years old to 18 years old the type of names this person used.
This person talks about MC recruiting players from outside the area. We all know Central Catholic, the school this person seems to be defending, only recruits within a half-mile radius of their school. They wouldn't dream of having a child attend from some other town. Central Catholic would never run up the score like this person accuses MC of doing. I know Central Catholic would never beat some poor, undermanned small school 70-0 in football.
An adult should realize all schools have what is called "school spirit," and I do not think MC has it any more or less than any other school in the area. Remember, these are children you are talking about, some of them mine.
Point out faults and fingers point back
Have you ever judged Christians because they failed? In Erin Flanagan's letter, she complained about Modesto Christian's attitude and behavior, accused them of recruiting and judged them as unworthy to have the name Christian. When you point out others' faults, three fingers point back at you.
Our culture is full of bad fan behavior. MC has received a lot of it from other schools. In Mariposa, a fan threw a dirt clod at my head. Many people have stinky attitudes.
Success really does breed success. Talented players choose to attend MC. The school is not recruiting.
At MC, you do not have to be a Christian to attend, but you will be taught Christian truths. You will not get this in a public school. If you see sinners there, it is because all people are sinners, including the Christians. That is why Jesus Christ came to earth -- to save us from our sinful selves. The good news is that we can be set free from the evil inside us, and by God's strength, we can learn to do what is good and right. As we practice, eventually God can cause us to be made worthy of the name Christian.
Bee has MC pom-poms
And on it goes. Through sun, rain, fog, freezing. Year after year. This great love affair between The Modesto Bee and the Far-Reaching Basketball Factory (aka Modesto Christian).
It's nice for a school to have a good sports team, even if it places no restraints on eligibility of players -- not even international boundaries. But of course, in this instance, the players come to "The Factory" for character education and a renowned curriculum. It is merely an obtrusive aside that a basketball court gets in the way.
The Bee purports to be a local newspaper covering Modesto and surrounding towns. That's a myth when related to sports. Everyone loves a winner, but The Bee really, really, really loves a sports winner, no matter the cost. And the cost here is deep, at the expense of the many local thousands of student-athletes who participate on hundreds of teams, sometimes winning and sometimes losing, but always doing their best and always respecting school district boundaries. That's an item -- boundaries and recruitment -- that "The Factory" can conveniently ignore.
Shame on The Bee. Shame on it for its adoration of a couple dozen boys and girls of one sport to the neglect of proportionate sharing of coverage and prime space for the thousands of youngsters in its circulation area who do their very best and who also are treasured by family and friends for their efforts.
The local sporting scene should not be used for the constant elevation of a few. Just what is the relationship of The Bee with "The Factory?"
Don't blame junior colleges
I would like to respond to Brian VanderBeek's article "Standing pat in basketball obscurity" (March 11), which details the plight of the men's and women's basketball programs at Cal State Stanislaus. As a current junior college coach and a former junior college student-athlete, I feel it is necessary for me to defend the implications that athletes coming from community colleges are not good students and are not as coachable as high school players. This is simply untrue and perpetuates the negative stereotype of community college athletes.
Student-athletes attend community colleges for a variety of reasons. Some want to develop to try to play at the highest level possible. Some cannot afford the cost of a four-year college and do not have any scholarship offers while others are not ready to move away from home. I have coached many players that had the opportunity to go directly to a four-year college but instead chose to attend Modesto Junior College. In addition, I have had numerous players go away to a four-year school directly out of high school only to return to MJC.
I have coached so many outstanding young men in my seven years as head men's basketball coach at Modesto Junior College. Next season there will be at least 11 former MJC players playing basketball at four-year schools. Numerous four-year coaches who are currently coaching former MJC players have called me to tell me how pleased they are with the caliber of student-athlete they signed from our program.
There are many successful four-year colleges at every level that have developed winning programs with junior college transfers. As a former basketball player and graduate of Stanislaus, I want the Warrior basketball teams to be successful. I hope both programs find the right high school and junior college players to get back on the winning track.
Modesto Junior College men's basketball coach