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2018 Area High School Girls Tennis Preview

The 2018 fall sports season will get underway for area teams with competition beginning on Thursday for girls tennis squads.

The Osborne varsity opens their season at the Trego Round Robin in WaKeeney at 1:00 on Thursday afternoon.  The Bulldogs will be a bit of an unknown this season, as they lost their two singles players to graduation a year ago. Savannah Noel, who placed 10th and Olivia Engler were both state qualifiers a season ago.  The Lady Dogs have five players out this season.  Juniors Taylor Hahn and Jerica Nopens will start the season at #1 Doubles with Sophomores Trinity Holloway and Shelby Wherry teaming up at #2 Doubles.  Freshman Blair Wolters will start at #2 Singles for Osborne.

Also, the Beloit Trojans tennis team will start competition on Thursday as well. They will go to a JV meet at Ellsworth at 3:00, but some varsity players will compete as it is a high level JV with as high as 5A schools competing.  The first official varsity matches for Beloit will take place at Phillipsburg next Tuesday, August 28th. Beloit head coach Darrell Kelley is pretty excited about the group he has this season. In all, 13 girls are out for the Lady Trojans, including two seniors in Shaelyn Nick and Alisyn Bowers.  Kelley is still working on forming his varsity and junior varsity teams and he offered his thoughts on what he feels is a well-rounded team.

For our full interview with Darrell Kelley, check out our Sports Ticket podcast on kdcountry94.com.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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