Sub-State Action Set For Area High School Basketball Teams

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The high school basketball postseason continues this week with sub-state action across the state. In class 3A, the Marysville Bulldogs will be in the Hiawatha sub-state. The Bulldogs will host Kansas City Bishop Ward tonight at 6:00 p.m., that game will be live on Classic Country 94.1 KNDY. With a win, Marysville will advance to face the winner of Pleasant Ridge and Hiawatha on Thursday in Hiawatha. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Sabetha on Tuesday, with a tip time of 7:00 p.m. That game will also be live on Classic Country 94.1 KNDY. With a win, the Lady Bulldogs will advance to face the winner of Kansas City Bishop Ward vs. Hiawatha on Friday in Hiawatha.

In Class 2A, the Valley Heights teams will compete in the Horton sub-state, with the Lady Mustangs entering the tournament as the top seed and will host McLouth at 7:00 p.m. this evening. With a win, the Lady Mustangs will advance to face the winner of Horton and Oskaloosa Thursday in Horton. The Mustang boys will begin play on Tuesday as the second seed, hosting Horton at 7:00 p.m. With a win the Mustangs will face the winner of Jefferson County North and Rossville on Friday. All Valley Heights games will air live on Today’s Country 95.5 KNDY throughout the sub-state tournament.

The Frankfort boys and girls will compete in the 1A Marysville sub-state. The Frankfort boys will face Valley Falls Thursday at 7:30 p.m. With a win, the Wildcats will face the winner of Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton vs. Goessel on Saturday for the Championship. The Frankfort Lady Wildcats take on Rural Vista on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and with a win will advance to face the winner of Centralia vs. Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. for the Championship.

In the 1A sub-state at Riley County, the Washington County Boys will face Centralia Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and with a win, will advance to face the winner of Little River vs. Clifton-Clyde for the Championship on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. On the girls’ side, the Hanover Lady Wildcats will face Little River on Friday at 6:00 p.m., and with a win face the winner of Clifton-Clyde vs. Burlingame for the sub-state championship on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.


Hiawatha HS – Kim Lillie, Manager [Boys] [Girls] Atchison-Maur Hill-Mount Academy, Easton-Pleasant Ridge HS, Effingham-Atchison Co Community HS, Hiawatha HS, Kansas City-Bishop Ward HS, Marysville HS, Sabetha HS, Seneca-Nemaha Central HS


Horton HS – Larry Mills, Manager [Boys] [Girls] Blue Rapids-Valley Heights HS, Horton HS, Jackson Heights, McLouth HS, Oskaloosa HS, Rossville HS, Wathena-Riverside HS, Winchester-Jefferson County North HS


Marysville HS – Doug Minneman, Manager [Brackets]
Riley County HS – Erik Willimon, Manager [Brackets]
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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.