Valley Center Wins Hiawatha Tournament; Marysville Finishes 4th


The 2018 edition of the Hiawatha Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament finished up with a slew of games on Saturday, with Valley Center taking home the title in their first season in the tournament.

Falls City started the day with a win over Hiawatha 41-19, taking home 7th place. Atchison upset Horton 50-41 to finish in 5th place. St. Mary’s upended Marysville 58-51 for 3rd place, giving the Lady Bulldogs their 3rd loss on the season, and second straight. Finally, Valley Center took Jackson Heights 38-28 for the Championship.

Marysville hosts Riley County on Tuesday, and hosts Abilene on Friday to begin the last leg of the regular season. Those games will be live on KNDY AM 1570/FM 94.1 and our website and mobile app.

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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 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.