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SBHS ribbon-cutting for new multi-use athletic field draws a crowd

A diverse group attends ceremony highlighting the benefits for students.
Sarah Meza (featured center) said of herself and three other seniors who competed on the team the last four seasons, "We were the first team to play field hockey and we will be the first team to play on that field. We are making history." Photo by Becky Bonner.
A diverse crowd gathered for Monday's event. Photo by Becky Bonner.
Athletic Director Tod Thatcher thanked the crowd while talking about the benefits the new facility would bring. Photo by Ed Wong.
Marlene Villegas (featured far right) said students were excited for the new facility. Photo by Ed Wong.
Throughout the event, thank yous were issued to the local community, school members and participating businesses for helping the new facility come to life. Photo by Ed Wong.
Members of the San Benito County Office of Education and Sheriff's Office were in attendance at Monday's event. Photo by Ed Wong.
Promoting school spirit, other athletic teams such as Girls' Volleyball came to support the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Ed Wong.
The Varsity Girls' Field Hockey team was the first team to have an official match in the new facility. Photo by Ed Wong
The Varsity Girls' Field Hockey team started their match against Gilroy High School following the ceremony. Photo by Becky Bonner.
Members of the school and community were able to also attend the groundbreaking for the Science and Robotics Building, Aquatics Center, and Track and Field Stadium following Monday's ceremony. Photo by Ed Wong.

As the San Benito High School Varsity Girls field hockey team warmed up for the first official match on the school’s new multi-use physical education and athletic field, a crowd of community members gathered for the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 10.

Marlene Villegas, a physical education teacher, coach and parent of student athletes at the school, came to the ribbon-cutting to support students and the school.

“I have been here 22 years,” Villegas said. “We are excited to have a state of the art facility that can have up to four classes out here.”

SBHS senior Sarah Meza, who has played field hockey at the school since the sport was first offered in her freshman year, has already noticed the benefits of being able to practice on an all-weather field, as opposed to grass.

“Our old field had a lot of holes and it was very hard to control the ball, especially with field hockey where it’s all about smooth fields,” Meza said. “Having this field helps us competitive-wise. We were used to the slow pace of the grass and we would go to schools with turf and they would be doing moves at a higher speed and we couldn’t keep up.”

Villegas echoed Meza’s sentiment about the benefits for sports teams on campus.

“Having an all-weather field allow us to practice year round and allows us to practice on what our competition will be on,” Villegas said.

At the ceremony, athletic director Tod Thatcher explained to the crowd that there are over 1,000 student athletes at San Benito High. Thatcher said the new facility will provide a safe and consistent field for students, and the versatility to have a field hockey game one day and a baseball game the next.

As acknowledged by all who spoke, including San Benito High School District Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum and district board President Steve DeLay, the opening ceremony would not have been possible without the support of San Benito County voters, the school community and participating local businesses.

“It takes the village as a whole,” Varsity Girls field hockey coach Molly Macierz said to the crowd.

Following the ribbon-cutting, the Varsity Girls field hockey team competed against Gilroy High School, as school board members and other interested parties attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the Science and Robotics Building, the Aquatics Center, and Track and Field Stadium.



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Becky Bonner is a local teacher at San Benito High School who is passionate about sharing things to do in San Benito County.

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