Solomon Valley Catbackers Host Annual K-State Day In Beloit

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K-State DB DJ Reed and OL Dalton Risner

Monday night marked the annual Solomon Valley Catbackers Event in Beloit at Beloit Country Club.  Many representatives from K-State Athletics were on hand to greet area Wildcat fans at the event, which was emceed by the Voice of the Wildcats Wyatt Thompson.  Others in attendance included Women’s Basketball Coach Jeff Mittie, football Offensive Line Coach Mo Latimore, Director of Men’s Basketball Operations Drew Speraw, as well as football players DJ Reed and Dalton Risner and fomer basketball player DJ Johnson.

At KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 Sports, we were able to catch up with some of those in attendance.  Full interviews with the aforementioned players can be found at on the Sports Ticket podcast.  Wyatt Thompson will join us on the Sports Ticket this morning.  The show starts at 9:15.  On Wednesday morning, we’ll have our chat with Jeff Mittie on the Sports Ticket.

K-State fans enjoyed the night, hearing all of the happenings within the K-State athletic program.  Though it wasn’t discussed much during the program, during our interviews, we took the chance to ask what the people on the inside felt about the recent situation involving now former K-State WR Corey Sutton.

Sutton announced early last month that he was transferring from K-State after just one season with the program.  Last week, he became the subject of area and eventually national media when he posted tweets voicing his displeasure about not being released from his scholarship by Bill Snyder and the K-State football program.  In one tweet, he used the term slave master in reference to Snyder.  It took some time, but K-State finally released Sutton from his scholarship on Friday.  K-State offensive lineman Dalton Risner feels like the team did a good job of not letting the situation be a distraction.

Defensive back DJ Reed also tried to keep his focus away from the situation, but did admit that Sutton might not have gone about it in the right way.

We had a chance to discuss much more with Risner and Reed concerning the K-State football program.  Again for the full interviews, visit our Sports Ticket podcast here at

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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.