Dear Brian VanderBeek and Sports Staff,
I felt bad that my last letter was published the same day Modesto Christian boys basketball team lost its chance to make the state final. I DO feel sorry, and wished they'd beaten that other parochial school. In fact, I honestly have to apologize to all for what came off as private school bashing.
I just sincerely wanted to find out where these boys resided. I know many believe it shouldn't matter, but considering their past patterns (Stockton, Tracy, even England), I wanted to know if I was rooting for local kids. Your newspaper, sports radio, even the Internet couldn't seem to answer that question.
I finally had to ask Reeves Nelson's mom, and I found out he is truly a "local boy" -- he attended Big Valley Christian before MC -- and since he's also going to my favorite university, UCLA, I'm quickly becoming a fan.
I even understand (after Brian VanderBeek's column) all the reasons for justifying the stacking of such talented teams (i.e. Central Valley Catholic football, or the state finalist, St. Mary's). The best needs to be with the best. So let's solve this obvious problem with a separate parochial school playoff division.
It makes perfect sense. They could have sliding (year-to-year) subdivisions based on talent recruited/enrolled. Think of it. No more lopsided scores in round one. No more stories of public schools busting their butts all season and winning their league, only to face a 100-31 defeat (and that's in football, hee-hee).
Give these parochial schools and their superstars the deserved limelight, but give some public school stars a shot, too.