Alvey named to NW Missouri Hall of Fame

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By Larry Goffinet

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Former Tell City basketball star and coach Dave Alvey has been elected to the Northwest Missouri State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

He will be inducted into the hall Friday.

A 6-foot-5 forward who graduated from Tell City in 1973, Alvey went on to set the career scoring record at Northwest Missouri State, an NCAA Division II school, and is still second on that list today.

He scored 1,747 points for the Bearcats and grabbed 677 rebounds, which is fourth on the school's all-time list.

He is also fourth on the school's single-game rebounding list with 19. He is second in single-game scoring with 42 points.

He holds school records for most free throws made and attempted in a game with a 20 for 23 performance against William Jewell Dec. 1, 1975.

He hit 51.9 percent from the field his junior season and never hit less than 48.4 percent in three varsity seasons.

He hit 76.8 percent of his free throws as a senior and 76.6 percent as a junior.

At Tell City Alvey led the Marksmen to the finals of the 1973 semistate where they lost by one point to eventual state champion New Albany, a team they had defeated in the regular season.

Alvey led the Marksmen in scoring with 16.4 points per game and rebounding with 8.3 per game and hit 54.2 percent from the field that season.

He made first-team All-SIAC that season in what was then a 17-team conference. The Marksmen won the conference title that year.

He returned to Tell City in 1985 as the boys varsity basketball coach, a position he held four years, and he still teaches mathematics at Tell City High School.

He also served four years as Tell City's girls basketball coach, 1993-97, and has coached boys tennis and junior high girls basketball at Tell City.