Sue Ray Harding

After her graduation from Western Washington University in 1972, the always-active Sue Harding turned to slowpitch softball for an athletic outlet. She played for B & E Tavern in 1972, Creekwater in 1973-74, and then joined up with BJís Allstars from 1975-79. Her final season of slowpitch softball came with B & I in 1980.

Usually batting as a leadoff hitter on the number two spot and hitting in the low .400-range, Sue played on teams that won approximately 90 percent of their games in addition to numerous tournament championships and two regional titles. Three times she was a member of teams that participated in national tournaments. Sue was a nine-time league all-star, three-time all-tournament selection, and a regional all-tournament honoree in 1976.

At the same time that she was playing softball, Sue showed her skill in field hockey as five-time member of the Pacific Northwest team, playing in five national tournaments, and hosting both the U.S. and Great Britain Olympic teams.

Sue, born in 1950 in The Dalles, Oregon, graduated from Olympia High School in 1968 after spending her first two years at Evergreen High in Seattle. She participated in tennis at both schools, and when she went to WWU she was a member of the field hockey, tennis and track squads. Her WWU tennis doubles team was undefeated, and she ran the opening 220 on the 880-yard medley relay team that advanced to nationals in 1971.

As a teacher in the Franklin Pierce School District she coached three sports at Ford Junior High, tennis at Franklin Pierce High, and girls soccer at Washington High, and she also coached various youth soccer, fastpitch and basketball teams in Thurston County. To top it all off, Sue was a volleyball and basketball official working junior high, high school and recreation league contests in the 1970s.