Frankfort Wins 1A State Golf Title

Frankfort High School 1A State Golf Champions. Photo Courtesy of Frankfort Schools/Facebook

By Bruce Dierking – KNDY Sports

The Frankfort High School golf team won the state 1A title completing play Wednesday in Salina, with a score of 336, four strokes ahead of second place Osborne. Aiden Gerstner finished 4th, in a 3-way tie at 77 two strokes off the champion before a playoff, and Branden Bussman at 79 finished 10th among individuals after a 3-way playoff that had him tied for 8th place. Kobe Hoover of Washington County was 14th, Trent Mars of Centralia 18th, Brandon Anderson of Frankfort 23rd, and Zach Bruna of Hanover 25th place.

Hunter chase of Valley Heights was 8th, Wesley Denton 14th place in the 2A tournament at Hesston.

Jackson Radar of Marysville High School finished 5th in the 3A state golf competition at Emporia, as he initially tied for 10th and finished a playoff. Brant Kieffer was 67th.

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.