Don Melby Retires at Pike Valley


There were many signs that Don Melby would be retiring as the head football coach at Pike Valley High School since the Panthers’ season concluded on November 17 in a tough 36-24 loss to Hanover in the 8-Man DII State Semis.  That was confirmed early this week in a story by the Salina Journal.  Melby, a Scandia native, and part of the Flying Swedes’ three state title teams from 1970-72, has spent the past 39 years on the sideline of the field that now bears his name.  37 of those have been as a head coach and two as an assistant.  In that time, the Panthers went 216-143.  Included in that was making the state semis four times, including both of the last two seasons.  Pike Valley went 21-3 in the last two years and started 11-0 this season before the aforementioned loss to Hanover.  All three of those losses in the past two years have been to eventual state champions, twice to Hanover and also in 2016 to 8-Man DI champ Osborne.  Scandia and Courtland combined in 1979 to form Pike Valley, the first year Melby started teaching there.  He has seen every single Pike Valley High School football game as a coach.  KD Country 94 and Z 96.3 “The Lake” sports would like to wish Coach Melby the best in retirement.  Friday morning on the Sports Ticket, Melby joined Sports Director Dusty Deines to discuss his long career.  That interview can be found below.


Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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 2020 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.

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