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Snow College Announces Death of Student Athlete

Paige Rydalch

January 16, 2023 - Ephraim, UT - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of one of our softball players. This morning, Paige Rydalch, a sophomore from Stockton, Utah, was traveling south on SR-132 and was involved in a two-car accident. Upon hearing the news, Rob Nielson, Snow College Vice President for External Affairs who helped coach the softball team last year, said, “This has shocked and saddened our softball family. We know Paige, and we love her. She was a dedicated player who always put in the extra mile. She made others feel loved and had a work ethic like no other.”

Staff in the Athletics Department contacted Snow College Public Safety to report a missing student when Paige was not at practice this morning and were later notified by family of the death. Snow College President Stacee McIff expressed sympathy. “A tragedy like this impacts all of us. We are grieving the loss of a beloved young woman. We will do all we can to support Paige’s coaches, teammates, classmates, and family during this difficult time,” she said.

The Badger softball team will dedicate their season to Paige in honor of the way she lived her life on and off the field.

About Snow College

Snow College, founded in 1888 by Utah pioneers, is a two-year college with campuses located in Ephraim and Richfield, Utah. The college also has a learning center in Nephi, Utah, and offers a wide-range of online courses. Serving more than 5,000 students, the college has been nationally recognized for its student success rates, affordable cost-for-value, involvement opportunities, and exceptional teaching. Learn more about all Snow College has to offer online at