Area Teams Qualify For State Basketball Tournaments

Several area high school basketball teams qualified for the state tournament on Saturday. Below is a list of match ups and times for area teams. Broadcast schedules will be announced later this week, but Marysville games will be live on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY.

4A-II
2. Marysville Girls (17-4) vs. 7. Nickerson (12-10) – Wednesday 3:00 PM
White Auditorium – Emporia
3. Marysville Boys (18-3) vs. 6. Topeka-Hayden (15-7) – Thursday 4:45 PM
White Auditorium – Emporia

3A
2. Nemaha Valley Girls (21-2) vs. 7. Roval Valley (15-7) – Thursday 3:00 PM
Hutchinson Sports Arena

2A
6. Valley Heights Girls (19-5) vs. 3. West Elk (20-2) – Wednesday 8:15 PM
Bramlage Coliseum – Manhattan

1A-I
2. Osborne Boys (21-1) vs. 7. Centralia (15-9) – Wednesday 6:30 PM
Fort Hays State University
3. Hanover Boys (20-1) vs. 6. Rawlins Co. (18-5) – Wednesday 8:15 PM
Fort Hays State University
4. Hanover Girls (18-3) vs. 5. Frankfort (19-4) – Thursday 4:45 PM
Fort Hays State University

1A-II
7. Axtell Boys (11-11) vs. 2. Elyria Christian (20-2) – Wednesday 6:30 PM
Dodge City
2. Beloit St. John’s/Tipton Girls (19-4) vs. 7. Axtell (13-9) – Thursday 3:00 PM
Dodge City

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.