Bulldog Baseball & Softball Fall In Regionals; Golf Advances 2 To State

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By Bruce Dierking – KNDY Sports

Marysville High School baseball and softball seasons ended this week with regional losses. The MHS baseball team was third seed but fell to number six seed Hiawatha in first round play Tuesday, 3-1 ending the Bulldog season at 13-4. Marysville managing just a pair of hits, and three base runners. Second seed Sabetha then went on to eliminate Hiawatha 11-1, advancing to the championship.

The MHS softball team tripped Sabetha Monday 7-0 in a battle of the four/five seeds in the Nemaha Central regional, then falling to top seed St. Mary’s 4-2, ending the bulldog season at 7-11.

The MHS golf team was fourth in the Sabetha 3A Regional, with the top two teams Sabetha and Nemaha Central advancing to state. Bulldog Jackson Rader was fifth among individuals and Brant Kieffer 10th, with both qualifying individually for state.

The Bulldog track teams are among sixteen in the Silver Lake Regional this Friday.

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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.