Kansas Volleyball Association Pre-Season Rankings Released

August 23, 2017, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2017 Pre-Season Volleyball Rankings.

Rank – School

Class 6A
Olathe Northwest
Blue Valley West
Blue Valley North
Manhattan
Lawrence-Free State
Blue Valley
Gardner-Edgerton
Blue Valley Northwest
Olathe North
Olathe East

Class 5A
Shawnee Heights
St. James Academy
St. Thomas Aquinas
Lansing
Newton
Goddard-Eisenhower
Kapaun Mt. Carmel
Maize
De Soto
Emporia

Class 4A – Division 1
Rose Hill
Bishop Miege
Louisburg
Andover Central
Abilene
Paola
McPherson
Kansas City-Piper
Maize South
Ulysses

Class 4A – Division 2
Topeka-Hayden
Nickerson
Concordia
Baxter Springs
Andale
Santa Fe Trail
Girard
Wichita Trinity Academy
Holcomb
Holton

Class 3A
Hesston
Thomas More Prep-Marian
Silver Lake
Cheney
Kingman
Douglass
Nemaha Central
Wellsville
Humboldt
St. Marys

Class 2A
Heritage Christian
Central Plains
Republic County
Kiowa County
Valley Falls
Jefferson County North
St. Mary’s Colgan
Flinthills
Oswego
Maranatha Academy

Class 1A – Division 1
Centralia
Goessel
Hanover
South Central
South Barber
Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton
Stockton
La Crosse
Olpe
Rural Vista

Class 1A – Division 2
Northern Valley
Sylvan-Lucas
Wheatland-Grinnell
Otis-Bison
Axtell
Blue Valley-Randolph
Wallace County
Cunningham
Waverly
Fowler

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.