First ever inductees honored at Blue Knight Gala Fundraiser
The DCTC Blue Knights Athletic department hosted the Blue Knight Gala Fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at the Eagan Community Center in Eagan, Minn. The event, which raised funds for athletic scholarships, featured a silent auction, dinner, Star Tribune Sports Columnist Patrick Reusse as keynote speaker, and a ceremony inducting the very first members of the Blue Knights Hall of Fame:
- Sheena Henry (formerly Sheena Lien) | Midfielder | #3 | Blue Knights Soccer | 2003–2004 & 2004–2005
- Joe Lucas | Shortstop | #11 | Blue Knights Baseball | 2008–2009 & 2009–2010
- Butch Ames | President | Ames Construction | Family-owned national firm with locations in Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona & Utah
Sheena Henry | Blue Knights Hall of Fame
As a freshman midfielder in 2003, Sheena Henry earned NJCAA Division I All-American Honorable Mention honors. At the time, the NJCAA featured more than 2,000 DI female soccer players, recognizing only 44 in the All-American program. In 11 games in 2004, Henry had 16 goals and 15 assists for 47 points. A year earlier, she played 20 games, scoring nine goals with 24 assists for 42 points. Henry majored in Supervisory Management.
“Sheena Lien Henry was the first player I recruited to DCTC,” said Soccer Head Cam Stoltz. “Sheena was hands down a top-class athlete with incredible technical ability and quickness with a soccer ball. She would use that mechanical execution four out of five time she played the ball. The fifth time she would produce magic by giving the ball to a teammate. In nine years, she still leads our team in all-time assists. Sheena could have played at any college program or level. She chose DCTC and we are better for it.”
Joe Lucas | Blue Knights Hall of Fame
Joe Lucas started at shortstop for the Blue Knights for two seasons. In his first season, Lucas batted .361 in 43 games with 22 doubles and three triples. The following year, he earned MCAC 2010 All-State Baseball Team and MCAC 2010 Southern Division Baseball Team honors, batting .440 with 15 doubles, eight triples, nine home runs and 63 RBIs. He also went 17 for 17 in stolen bases and scored 67 runs. After DCTC, Lucas was drafted by the Atlanta Braves.
“In August 2010, Joe signed a contract with the Gulf Coast League Braves, a Rookie-level Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Braves,” said Baseball Head Coach Randy Briesacher. “He is the first DCTC baseball player drafted by Major League Baseball.” Lucas is currently on the pitching staff of the Rome Braves of the Class A South Atlantic League.
Butch Ames | Blue Knights Hall of Fame
Butch Ames serves as president, CEO and general manager of Ames Construction, a full-service, heavy civil and industrial general contractor with corporate offices in Minnesota along with regional offices in several Western and Midwestern states. Butch Ames has more than 50 years of experience managing the overall direction of a family-owned enterprise ranked number 65 on Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors in the U.S. in 2011.
Ames Construction has provided tremendous in-kind service—earthmoving and site preparation—for two state-of-the-art sports facilities on the DCTC Rosemount campus—the Ames Soccer Complex, completed in fall 2009, and Ames Field, scheduled for completion in spring 2012. Before the Ames Soccer Complex opened, the men and women’s soccer teams played home games off campus every year since both programs launched in 2003. Ames Field will allow the Blue Knights baseball team to play home games on campus for the first time in the program’s history.
“Butch Ames has been a great benefactor to our college and our students,” said DCTC President Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D. “His company and his people do world-class work. Ames Field and the Ames Soccer Complex will serve as Butch’s legacy for decades into the future.”
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