KBCA Announces All-State Selections; All-Class Selections


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The Kansas Basketball Coaches Association announced all-state selections, with Marysville High senior Gabe Pieschel named to the boy’s all-star roster, and Katie Glazek, senior from Centralia, and Kayla Smith, senior from Valley Heights among the girl’s all-star selections.
Gabe Pieschel was chosen first team boys 4A DII. In class 1A DI Carter Bruna, junior from Hanover was named first team, and teammate Thomas Atkins, also a junior, received honorable mention. In 1A DII, Quinn Buessing, Axtell sophomore, earned honorable mention.

Girls 4A DII second team honors went to Sami Bartels, sophomore, and Sydney Pacha, senior, from Marysville. Class 2A first team included Kayla Smith, Valley Heights senior. 1A DI first team selections include Macy Doeble, Hanover junior, Emilee Ebert, Frankfort junior, and Katie Glatzek, senior from Centralia. Second team includes Madison Lueger, Centralia junior, with honorable mention to Tianna Lohse, Hanover sophomore. 1A DII honorable mention includes Maryna Buessing, senior from Axtell.

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Derek Nester
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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.

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