Rock Hills Success Breeds 8-Man All-Stars

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Austin Eilert

The 33rd Annual Kansas 8-Man All-Star Games will take place this Saturday at Trojan Field in Beloit.  80 of the top players in the state are checking into camp today and will get prepared for the contests.  The 8-Man DI All-Star Game will get things started with kickoff at 10:00.  The 8-Man DII All-Star Game follows at 1:30.  Pregame coverage begins at 1:00 on KD Country 94 and the 8-Man All-Star Game Radio Network, which is also online at

The Rock Hills Grizzlies will once again be well-represented at this year’s DII All-Star Game, as Austin Eilert and Tycen Higer have both been selected to play this year for the East squad.

Eilert and Higer have been key pieces to a successful group at Rock Hills over the past four seasons.  During their four years of school, the Grizzlies had a combined record of 27-11 and in the past two seasons with each player seeing more action, Rock Hills has gone 15-4.  In 2017, they finished 8-2 with their only losses being in a tough overtime game that took two nights to finish to Pike Valley and a first round playoff loss to eventual state champion Hanover.

Eilert was a mainstay on the offensive and defensive line the past two seasons for the Grizzlies.  He racked up 67 tackles, 10 TFL, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries as a Senior.  He finished his career with 154 tackles, 24 TFL, 12 sacks and six fumble recoveries.  When asked about playing in the All-Star Game, Eilert expressed that he is excited to have the opportunity to play with his teammate Higer one last time and honored to be a part of the game.

Eilert is planning to attend Manhattan Area Technical College in the fall.

Tycen Higer

Higer has played a big role for the Grizzlies since his sophomore year.  This past season was his best statistically, as he had 75 tackles, 15 TFL, five interceptions and two fumble recoveries from his LB position.  In his career, he had 215 tackles, 39 TFL, five sacks, eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries.  He was also a key contributor as a blocking fullback and called up to run plenty of times as well, racking up 1,102 yards and 18 TD rushing in his career.  Higer is also excited to have one more opportunity to pad up and is looking forward to playing with some of the guys he’s always had to go against in high school.

Higer will attend Kansas Wesleyan University and play football and golf for the Coyotes.

Tune in on Saturday to see how Eilert, Higer and the rest of the DII East All-Stars fare.  Again, pregame coverage on KD Country 94 and is at 1:00 for the Division II contest.

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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.