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.

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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.”

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Comments

  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