The Leesville High School (LHS) Alumni Association inducted Dr. Holly Wentz-Reeves into the LHS Sports Hall of Fame at the recently concluded LHS Homecoming.
Holly Wentz was a 1984 graduate of Leesville High School, and she joins Kevin Mawae, Eddie Fuller, Ted Paris, Richard Reese, Robert Gaines, Terry Holt and Grant Westerchil as members of the Hall.
Dr. Wentz-Reeves is the first Lady Wampus Cat inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Holly, like many LHS graduates, came to Leesville when her father was assigned to Fort Polk.
Dr. Wentz-Reeves distinguished herself at Leesville High School in track and cross country, earning All-State honors 4 times in track and once in cross country.
During her sophomore year, Holly broke the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) State AAA record in the 800 meters by over 10 seconds; this performance also earned her All-American honors, making her the first Lady Cat to receive such an accolade.
Holly was involved in a number of extra-curricular activities at Leesville High School, including cheerleading, numerous academic organizations, and basketball.
In her senior year, she was named Miss LHS and was a member of the Homecoming Court.
After high school, Dr. Wentz-Reeves attended Wheaton College in Illinois, where she earned All-American Honors as an 800-meter runner and ran on the school’s 1600-meter relay team.
In 2003 Holly was inducted into Wheaton’s Athletic Hall of Honor.
After Wheaton, she attended and was graduated from the University of Indiana’s College of Dentistry.
Holly spoke to the LHS student body at the homecoming assembly and to alumni at the alumni luncheon.
In both addresses, she spoke fondly of her time at LHS and her love for Leesville.
She highlighted the love and support of her parents, brothers, coaches, and teammates growing up as focal points for her success.
She singled out former LHS track coach Troy Howard and her teammates from Leesville as keys to her athletic and life success.
Holly was nominated by former LHS Track and Field manager, John Lloyd Howard.
Dr. Wentz-Reeves was joined at the Hall of Fame Ceremony by her husband, Dr. Pat Reeves, and her brother, Dr. Ed Wentz, and his wife.
The LHS Alumni Association accepts nominations for the Hall of Fame from November through June each year. Requirements and nomination procedures can be found at wampuscats.org.