Lori Benson Reathaford
According to her coach, WVC Hall of Famer John Kalahar, Lori Benson Reatherford was the first superstar softball player at WVC who is tied for sixth with seven home runs.
In her first at-bat in 1985, Lori hit a grand slam and went on to bat .396 while playing shortstop. Lori led the Knights in homers and doubles, and the Knights softball team finished their season with a 21-16 record. Lori was selected first-team all-conference shortstop as well as team MVP. During her sophomore year, Lori switched to third base and provided veteran leadership to a talented group of freshmen who shared a league co-championship with Gray’s Harbor Community College in 1986. The Knights softball team finished with a 30-11 record and ranked second in the state tournament. Lori was also selected as second-team all-conference third baseman.
Not only was Lori a great player during her years at WVC, she was a role model of hard work, good sportsmanship and humility not often seen in star athletes.