Upon reading Brian VanderBeek's article on March 13 (Crusading to do what's right for kids), I was disappointed, saddened and somewhat angry. The issue of public or private is not just local, but rather it is a state and even a national issue. The NCAA loves our situation. We are making their recruiting easier by having so many of the elite players on what amounts to a "travel team" format.
What troubles me most is what you failed to say. Private schools not only have more money but also less restriction on how they spend their funds. Private schools can draw players from a larger area while the public school is basically restricted to its attendance area. The private school can have contact with potential players from junior high and freshman classes in a way public schools cannot. Throw in the grants and aid programs, academic probation systems, in and out-of-season coaching staffs, and one can see the scale tip to the side of the private school.
On another note, I believe it was complete inappropriate and in error for you to say the best basketball instruction available in our area is at Modesto Christian. I know I'm not alone when I say our Modesto Metro Conference coaches are as talented, motivated and caring as any in the valley. Your comment was a cheap shot to not only the Modesto coaches but also to those in Turlock, Oakdale, Manteca, Escalon and all the others in the surrounding area. The problem here is you're confusing skill with player talent. These are two very different areas.
Incidentally, for 2007, the MMC was the top-rated Division I league in the power ratings for the Sac-Joaquin Section.
District Athletic Director
Modesto City Schools