Rice Memorial High School head girls basketball coach Tim Rice uses his pet nickname “Super Snell,” when first asked to describe Carolyn Snell, his standout senior forward of four years. Other accolades include, “Carolyn is perhaps the best offensive rebounder Rice has ever had. She has played in four final four games for Rice. She is relentless and strong and has the remarkable ability to find space and angles,” he continued. “Carolyn believes every missed shot belongs to her. She is so unselfish along with being constantly upbeat and always positive.”
A Shelburne native, Snell’s family includes parents, Kathy and Peter, and a younger brother named Andrew, a Christ the King eighth grader.
“I remember playing in a rec league when I was in the first or second grade,” offered Snell when asked about her first foray into basketball. “I played so many different sports when I was younger. This one stuck.” Since her rec playing days, Snell has taken advantage of her opportunities. With a combination of skills gleaned from CYO and three different AAU travel teams, Snell has become, according to Coach Rice, “One of the nicest, most respectful student athletes to wear the green & white.”
During her basketball career, Snell was a Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen selection, a coaches’ voting honor for the top 12 high school underclassmen, as a junior, was named to the All-Star team roster as a senior, and a D-I Basketball State Champion as a freshman. In fact, it is of her state championship that she is most proud. “One of my greatest achievements is winning a state championship my freshman year at Rice. I guess what made me so proud was that despite a few tough losses early in the season, we were able to come together as a team and play our best basketball at the right time. I just remember how rewarding it felt that all of our long hours of practices and tough games had paid off.”
A four-year varsity basketball player and senior captain, Snell is also a member of Peer Ministry, National Honor Society, and a counselor at the All Net Basketball Camp at Rice held by Coach Pecor, the Rice boys basketball coach.
A former cross country runner, Snell chose a different path last fall when she joined the volleyball club team instead. “Our volleyball team was relatively successful considering it was our first season. I believe we made it to the quarterfinals,” she offered.
When asked about her plans for next year, Snell responded, “I haven’t made a definite decision for college yet. Right now it’s between UVM and Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. Either way, I will be studying physical therapy,” she noted.
Always looking for a way to contribute, there’s not much doubt that Snell will take her positive disposition to the college of her choosing. After all, she’s “Super Snell.”