A ceremony in honor of Rachel Peterman was held Monday, November 14th in the Loyalton High School gymnasium, where family, friends, and the entire school were able to witness Rachel sign her Letter of Intent to play women’s college basketball for Dominican University of California. Principal Tom Jones wanted to recognize all the hard work and dedication Rachel has put in up to this point. He called Rachel a role model and said he was super proud of her. Athletic Director Katie Campbell said Rachel was a delight to watch, and called her sportsmanship a testimony to other students who have dreams of playing college ball. Coach Ben Davis couldn’t be more proud. He remembered her as a little girl who came out of the bleachers to play at halftime during her older brother’s 5th grade season. He knew then, she would be a great player. Coach Stacey Hood said she and Ben have had the pleasure of coaching Rachel for four years and said she is not only this “amazing baller” that is there before practice, during practice, during the boys’ practice, and sometimes after that. Stacey said Rachel is so focused and so determined with such drive, they couldn’t ask for anybody more deserving to be here signing today. Stacey said Rachel’s life is not just about basketball, she is an amazing individual who helps everyone on the team when she can. She is kind, loving and she is going to go far in life. Stacey thanked Rachel for letting them be part of her journey.
Rachel thanked her coaches, her parents, her AA coach and all the students and community who have supported her.
Rachel received a Coach’s Award Scholarship of $16,000 and signed her NLI with Dominican University of CA during the early signing period and will be playing women's basketball in 2017 for Coach Tim LaKose in the Division II Pac West Conference. Playing in the Pac West means a yearly trip to Hawaii to compete. She plans to major in nursing at Dominican.
After finishing her 2015/16 historic varsity season at LHS last March, she spent spring, summer and fall playing club ball for JBS Adidas out of Sacramento for Coach Sean Chambers. It was a great experience. She had the opportunity to play in the Adidas Gauntlet series traveling to Phoenix AZ, Dallas TX and to the Adidas National Finals in Atlanta GA.