Stroede Gets Nod To Represent Lakeside at 8-Man All-Star Game

Austin Stroede

This Saturday marks the 32nd Annual 8-Man All-Star Games in Beloit at Trojan Field.  80 of the top 8-Man football players in the State of Kansas have come together for the event.  The 8-Man DII game will be first on Saturday morning at 10:00.  Fans can hear the game on KD Country 94 and online on the 8-Man All-Star Radio Network at with pregame coverage beginning at 9:30 a.m.

For the first time since 2012, there will be a Lakeside High School player competing in the game.  Austin Stroede will have one more chance to represent the Knights with the DII West squad.

Over the past two seasons, Stroede has been the top receiver for Lakeside.  As a junior, he caught 22 passes for 485 yards and 8 TD.  In his senior year, he upped those numbers to 31 catches for 712 yards and 13 TD.  He was also a versatile player, showing the ability to play QB and RB at times on offense.  On defense, he had 50 tackles, seven of which were for loss, and he also added two fumble recoveries and an interception.  Stroede was also a very key component in helping Lakeside to their first playoff berth since 2011.

We caught up with Stroede heading into this weekend’s game.  He is excited to have the opportunity to represent Lakeside one more time.

As he heads off to college, Stroede will be attending Hutchinson Community College.  He’s a young man that has been successful in many sports, and at Hutchinson he will compete on the Blue Dragons Track & Field team.

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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.