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High School Notebook: local coaching legend Dave Price died Thursday

Longtime Providence Day and South Mecklenburg boys basketball coach Dave Price, who won six state championships, passed away Thursday at the age of 84. (PHOTO BY T. ORTEGA GAINES)
Longtime Providence Day and South Mecklenburg boys basketball coach Dave Price, who won six state championships, passed away Thursday at the age of 84. (PHOTO BY T. ORTEGA GAINES)

Legendary local high school basketball coach Dave Price died Thursday at his home. Price, born on Christmas Day in 1929 in Waynesville, was 85.

Price held a master’s degree from Western Carolna and served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He started teaching at South Meck in 1959 and became varsity basketball coach in 1964. The Sabres won four state championships and Price later won two more at Providence Day.

In a 32-year career, Price was 535-285.

At South Meck, Price coached future North Carolina and NBA stars Bobby Jones and Walter Davis, and he became the first N.C. 4A coach to win three straight state championships, beginning in 1970. Price also coached Lew Massey and Todd Crowley, who helped Charlotte’s 49ers reached the NCAA Final Four in 1977.

From 1970-72, South Meck was 52-1

Price is survived by his wife, Gloria, five children, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, one sister and a sister-in-law. A funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pineville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the church in his memory.


The annual Jack Sink Baseball tournament is April 6-8 at Myers Park. The annual East Mecklenburg tournament is also April 6-8.

April 6 pairings: at Myers Park (North Meck vs. Country Day, 2 p.m.; Myers Park vs. Mallard Creek, 4:30; Charlotte Catholic vs. Latin, 7:30); at East Meck (Butler vs. Statesville, 11:30 a.m.; East Meck vs. Providence Day, 2; Hopewell vs. Covenant Day, 4:30; Lake Norman Charter vs. Charlotte Christian, 7:30

April 7 pairings: at Myers Park (Charlotte Catholic vs. Covenant Day, 2; Butler vs. Country Day, 4:30; Myers Park vs. Charlotte Christian, 7:30); at East Meck (Mallard Creek vs. Lake Norman Charter, 11:30 a.m.; Hopewell vs. Statesville, 2; North Meck vs. Providence Day, 4:30; East Meck vs. Charlotte Latin, 7:30

April 8 pairings: at Myers Park (Mallard Creek vs. Providence Day, 11:30 a.m.; Statesville vs. Charlotte Christian, 2; Hopewell vs. Country Day, 4:30; Myers Park vs. Lake Norman Charter, 7:30); at East Meck (North Meck vs. Charlotte Catholic, 11:30 a.m.; East Meck vs. Covenant Day, 2; Butler vs. Charlotte Latin, 4:30


Weddington’s Stephanie Watts, a McDonald’s All-American, will be honored Wednesday at 5:30 at the Wesley Chapel McDonalds. Watts, also the Gatorade N.C. player of the year, led her team to the N.C. 3A state semifinals this season.

▪ Longtime West Caldwell coach Danny Anderson is the new coach at Maiden. Anderson, who has 32 years experience, is 644-216 in his career with three state finals appearances.


Mallard Creek soccer coach Alex Hayner has won the Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal coach award for his positive impact on young athletes. He is one of 25 national recipients for the award, which includes a $250 prize, a trophy and a mention on the Positive Coaching Alliance website.

▪ Providence Day’s Anna Cockrell finshed second in the New Balance Indoor national championships last week. She set all-time state records in the 55-meter hurdles and 60-meter hurdles.

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