Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Basketball Wars

Everyone feels badly when their kid doesn’t “make the cut” for a sports team. But in Castro Valley High School, in Castro Valley, California, angry parents decided to take the matter into their own hands. They appointed a six-person panel to choose who would play on the basketball team. Unfortunately, none of the protesting parents’ daughters were chosen for the team by the committee, either.


If you think that’s poetic justice and the end of things, you clearly haven’t been following the situation. The parents are not going to let this go.

“The panel was a joke,” Patty Goodman, the wife of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman, who has been in the vanguard of the angry parents, wrote in an e-mail exchange with me on Wednesday.

Really? Wasn’t the panel their idea?

“The bottom line is that the parents got what they wanted,” says Clay Kallam, a veteran East Bay women’s basketball coach. “But they didn’t like how it turned out.”

Cited story.


  1. #1 Rowan Cota
    November 30, 2006

    Just as a note, Castro Valley High School is in Castro Valley, CA, not San Francisco.

    -Former CVHS student

  2. #2 MomPye
    July 5, 2008

    Rowan: If you see this, you’ll know your #1 fan is out here trying to get you to communicate…a relative is ill. This is really essential. Please Call Home, E.T., and let us know you’re happy….Love

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