Valley Heights Sweeps TVL Tournament Championships

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Washington, Kan. – The Valley Heights girls & boys basketball teams took home both championship trophies at the 2020 Twin Valley League Tournament this year. The Lady Mustangs defeated Centralia 53-38, while the Mustangs defeated Hanover 48-33.

In other results from the final day of the tournament, the Frankfort Wildcats swept 3rd place, taking the girls contest over Washington County 48-40, while the boys took Axtell 61-47.

Wrapping up the girls’ tournament results, the Lady Wildcats of Hanover took 5th place, defeating Clifton-Clyde 61-52 in overtime. It was the Doniphan West Lady Mustangs finishing in 7th place, knocking out Blue Valley 69-56.

On the boys’ side of the tournament, it was the host Washington County taking 5th, defeating Clifton-Clyde 41-25. The Blue Valley Rams, who entered the tournament the top seed, finished in 7th place with a 50-49 win over second seed Centralia.

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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.