I write in regard to the name of the Española Valley High School fieldhouse.
The fieldhouse should not have been named “Coach Church Fieldhouse.” It should have been named the “Sundevil Football Fieldhouse,” for the players who worked so hard to get it built. Former, current and future players should benefit from the effort put forth by the players in the early 1990s to get the fieldhouse built at no cost to the Española School District.
After receiving permission from then athletic director Al Salazar, principal Chavez and the school board, players acquired over 30,000 signatures to take to the state legislature to request funds for a football fieldhouse. After I met with the current governor, former governors, and state representatives, the State Legislature granted the High School about $470,000 for the building. The money was assigned specifically for the fieldhouse.
After much time and effort, the fieldhouse was built for the football team. The players worked very hard to get a place they could call their own and they took great care of it.
That is why the building should be named Sundevil Football Fieldhouse. The stadium lights should be named after Joe Branch. The State Legislature gave the lights at no cost to the District. Branch got Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative to pay to ship the poles from Oregon and the installation.
We enjoyed our stay in the Valley and are proud of the High School.