by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Danielle Hennies had the distinction of being the first athlete to register a point on the new scoreboard at the new Spectrum Sports Complex on Tuesday.
Not that she or her teammates dwelled upon who’d be the first.
“No, we were just set on getting a win, and a good start for our season,” said Hennies, asked if the girls had talked about that subject.
She wound up scoring two goals as the Sting beat Prairie Seeds Academy 3-0 in the first athletic contest held there. It was also their season opener.
“It was nice to have our own field and a nice complex to play on,” said Hennies, a junior stopper from Big Lake who’s attended Spectrum since ninth grade.
Hennies scored in the 17th minute as she pounced on a ball fumbled by a PSA player and beat the goalie one-on-one with a 12-yard shot. Belle Meyer made it 2-0 moments later. Hennies had a direct-kick opportunity in the second half after a foul on the Lycans, and nailed it.
Spectrum coach Nicki Luehrs said the players and coaches were “really excited” to play the first game at the 18-acre site, located a mile and a half east of Wal-Mart, including two football/soccer fields, a baseball field, a softball field, two scoreboards, a small parking lot and a locker room/training room building.
“It’s so nice to have a place you can call your own,” Luehrs said, “and be able tailor it the way you want it to be. I especially enjoyed having a scoreboard!”
The Sting in their first season last year played at Oak Knoll Park, a playground field with no scoreboard.
The fields are far from a finished product — Luehrs said the teams are eager to “fine tuning the grass,” which came in late after the long winter — but they are playable, as of last week.
The first football game will be held Friday at 4 p.m. with St. James in town.
For the soccer girls, the next game is on the road next Tuesday vs. Brooklyn Center.