Rase elected to Rio Grande Athletic HOF

Published 11:32 pm Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Staff Report

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – A trio of former University of Rio Grande athletic standouts are joining the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
P.J. Rase, Ann (Barnitz) Snell and Scott Peterman comprise the Class of 2019 announced by school officials.
The group will receive their formal induction as part of the school’s annual Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m., in the Rio Alumni Heritage Room of Davis University Center. The banquet follows the conclusion of the Bevo Francis Invitational Tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, at the Newt Oliver Arena.
Tickets for the banquet, which are $15 each, can be purchased online at https://info.rio.edu/ahof/ or through the Alumni Relations office at 740-245-7431. Athletic Hall of Fame members and one guest will be admitted free.
The Class of 2019 – and all other Hall of Fame members in attendance – will be recognized prior to the tournament’s final game in the Newt Oliver Arena at approximately 4 p.m. on the 9th.
Rase was a member of the RedStorm men’s basketball program for three seasons (2007-10) and is remembered as one of the top three-point shooters in program history.
An All-Ohio player for the Chesapeake Panthers, the Wheelersburg native closed his Rio career with 1,188 points, while connecting on a single-season school record 95 trifectas during his senior campaign in 2009-10. His 233 career three-point goals rank as a school record.
Rase set the school’s single-game record for three-pointers with 10 against Virginia Intermont College on Nov. 27, 2009 and, during that same season, led all divisions of college basketball by shooting 95.2 percent from the free throw line.
Rase was also an All-Mid-South Conference selection in 2010, while also earning selections to the All-America Mideast Conference and All-Mid-South Conference academic teams. He earned national recognition for his work in the classroom by being named as an Academic All-American, an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and the NABC Honors Court in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Rase, who is now the General Manager at Infra-Metals in New Boston, still resides in Wheelersburg with his wife, Sarah, a Rio Grande Hall of Famer herself, and their four children.
Snell spent four seasons (1989-92) as a member of the Rio Grande women’s basketball program where she earned All-Mid-Ohio Conference honors, including the league’s Player of the Year Award for the 1990-91 campaign when the then-Redwomen captured a conference championship.
Snell currently ranks seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,571 points, is 12th in total rebounds (600) and second in blocked shots (120).
Peterman was a three-time letter-winner in baseball at Rio Grande, where he earned a pair of NAIA All-American selections, was a two-time NAIA All-Region honoree, a two-time first team All-Conference pick and a two-time NAIA Champions of Character representative.

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