RC Appeal Sports Editor Dave Price Joins NIAA Hall of Fame

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Dave Price, center, retired Record-Courier Sports editor, was inducted into the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame on June 10. With him are retired NIAA executive director Jerry Hughes, left, and current executive director Bart Thompson, right.
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Retired sportswriter Dave Price represented the best of the best when he paced the sideline while covering a high school game.
A keen observer and attentive to detail, the former Record-Courier journalist became known for his storytelling and his approach to writing a feature film or sometimes a controversial story. Price, who was inducted into the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame on June 10, has been described as an “old school” journalist and one of the Silver State’s dean sportswriters.
Price, along with 14 other inductees who included athletes, coaches and contributors, were originally selected for the Class of 2020, but the dinner and induction at Peppermill in Reno had been repeatedly postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus.
Inductees to the Hall of Fame’s 28th class, the largest to date, also included Dan Anderson, Toni (Brown) Fairbanks, Art Collins, Pat Dolan, Rob Hastings, Rollie Hess, Martin “Skip” Houk, Jennifer Hucke , Michelle Palaroan, Richard Pitts, Ed Shepard, Paul Tremayne, Mike Whitemaine and Mitch Woods.
For 47 years before retiring in 2018, Price worked for three regional newspapers before ending his career at The Record-Courier. He preferred a career in small newspapers because they symbolized true community of meaning.
After learning of his Hall of Fame nomination, Price said he was touched.
“I had benefited from high school sports,” Price said in January 2020. “It was a path to a lifelong career, and I always felt like I wanted to give back to it.”
Price joins five other journalists, including the legendary Ty Cobb, sportswriter for the Nevada State Journal from 1938 to 1957. Although he joined an elite group of sportswriters, Price said he also remembers some of the greats of Nevada prep athletics.
As a senior student and accomplished cross-country runner at South Lake Tahoe High School in the early 1970s, he covered games as a stringer for the Tahoe Daily Tribune and earned 30 cents per column inch for every article written. Price became a part-time sportscaster, then full-time on New Year’s Day 1973. At one time or another, he reported on sports competitions contested by every high school in the Lake Tahoe basin. Fifteen months later, 20-year-old Price took over as sports editor, a position he held until 1980, when he accepted a similar position at the Record-Courier.
To many participants in athletics and in the community, Price was known as “Mr. Sports.” He attended hundreds of sporting events, from community to high school games, leading coaches to consider Price one of their own.
As a young sportswriter prowling the sidelines, Price became a fixture at many games or games, but his first impression of a game came in 1969 at the Stewart Indian School basketball tournament.
“It was the first weekend in December and I was there to see South Tahoe,” Price recalled.
The first field game, however, was between Pershing County and Virginia City, a team known at the time as one of the most talented in Northern Nevada. As Virginia City took to court, Price recalled the familiar theme of the television program Bonanza, a 1960s western set near Lake Tahoe and Virginia City.
“Pershing County looked good with great football players,” Price added.
Similarly, Price said Virginia City, coached by Tom Andreasen, also had good-sized players, but the Muckers’ “skinny” guard stood out, as did the team’s stellar defense and speedy offense. . Price said the guard was around his age. The back of the Muckers dazzled spectators with his game and his incessant scoring.
“Virginia City won the game and I picked up the paper the next morning,” Price said. “The little guard was Bob Gallagher, who scored 47 points. He could shoot.
Price said Bob Rudnick was part of the backcourt tandem, and Rudnick and Gallagher were known as the “Gold Dust Twins.” Incidentally, the NIAA inducted Gallagher, who had coached at Elko High School, into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
Price would continue to see outstanding sporting events, believing that he had seen nearly every team in Northern Nevada play at one time or another, except for a few in the far east of the state.
From 1996 to 2006, Price took a sportscasting position with the Nevada Appeal where he covered teams from the Carson Valley to Fernley. Its beat included coverage of Carson, Douglas, Dayton, Galena, Yerington, and Virginia City high schools and the occasional Rite of Passage.
Price moved to Grass Valley, Calif., in 2006 after accepting the position of sportswriter at The Union, but Nevada’s capital brought him back when Price returned to call from Nevada the following year. However, the Great Recession tore through the newspaper industry and he was fired at the end of 2008. Price didn’t stay away from sports reporting for very long. He helped former sportswriter Charles Whisnand launch CarsonSports.com in 2009, but the venture lasted a year when advertising dollars dried up.
For the first time in his career, Price was not employed by a newspaper until a part-time position as a general assignment reporter opened up in 2011 at Lahontan Valley News in Fallon. Not only did Price write about city hall, the school district, and the county commission, but he also had the opportunity to write the occasional sports report or the story of the game Greenwave.
Price worked with former LVN sportswriter Steve Puterski at LVN, and they provided a good tandem to keep readers up to date with Greenwave and community news and happenings.
Two years after arriving in Fallon and traveling back and forth to his beloved home in Gardnerville, Price was offered the job of sports editor at the Record Courier. He spent the next five years at RC before retiring on July 2, 2018.
In September 2018, Price received the Nevada Press Association’s Outstanding Journalist Award, one of the NPA’s highest honors.
“I sat next to Dave Price, editor of RC Sports, in August 1989 and one day asked him ‘Why spend so long in one place?’ He called up editor Joyce Hollister and repeated the question, and they both laughed. I guess the last laugh was on me,” Record-Courier editor Kurt Hildebrand said. “Dave and I worked for six years at RC, then we both moved to Nevada Appeal.
“When Joey Crandall left The RC, Dave was the only answer for the sportswriter job. During the whole third of a century that I have known him, Dave has been my favorite writer.
Over the course of his career, Price said he has had the privilege of meeting many icons of state coaches and athletes from across Nevada. Among the many he cited were Hugh Gallagher, Joe Sellers, Mike Lommori, Gary Lundergreen, Jackie Giorgi, Bert Cooper, Jerry Hughes and Lynette Davis. Likewise, he has met or interviewed dozens of athletes, which Price says are too numerous to mention.
“I also got to meet some who are part of that Hall of Fame class like Rollie Hess (Virginia City basketball player and coach), Skip Houk (referee), Dan Anderson (coach), Richard Pitts umpire and umpire) and Mitch Woods (Lowry athlete),” he said. “There are a lot of great memories people left on a great journey.
During the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Price offered additional insight into some of Nevada’s greatest athletes and coaches. Price also told his own story, noting an email that Phil Tucker, a former football and baseball coach at Coleville and Smith Valley, sent him after his retirement. Tucker had also served as commanding officer at the US Marine Corps’ Mountain Warfare Training Center 21 miles northwest of Bridgeport, California.
The email caused Price to reflect on his career, and he paraphrased the message.
“It didn’t matter if it was 1A or 4A you always tried and did your best…that you were thorough, that you were fair and that you worked in the best interests of the children. You weren’t part of the problem, but you tried to be part of the solution.

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