Beam Gets Final Chance To Represent Rock Hills

Drew Beam

The 32nd Annual Kansas 8-Man All-Star Games are being held this Saturday at Trojan Field in Beloit.  80 of the top players in the state will check in to camp today and prepare themselves for the contests.  The 8-Man DII All-Star Game will be first on Saturday morning, with kickoff at 10:00.  Pregame coverage begins at 9:30 on KD Country 94 and the 8-Man All-Star Game Radio Network, which is also online at

One of this year’s participants will be Drew Beam from Rock Hills High School.  Beam was one of the leaders for the Grizzlies in his senior season, as they went 7-2 and fell just one win short of the 8-Man DII playoffs.

Beam racked up 890 all-purpose yards, which included 394 receiving yards.  He also had 11 total TD, which included seven receiving scores and two kickoff returns for touchdowns.  He also caused problems for opposing offenses from his DB position.  Beam led the Grizzlies with 89 tackles, with seven tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

Beam is looking forward to the opportunity of playing in the 8-Man All-Star Game and playing with some of the players he had to go against in his high school career.

After the 8-Man All-Star Game, Beam is set to join the United States Army and wants to specialize in Military Police.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.