State High School Basketball Tournament Brackets Released

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Update: In an earlier version of this story, the Valley Heights boys were listed as a 6 seed, playing Hoxie on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. – The KSHSAA corrected the bracket as Valley Heights is now the 7 seed, and will play Bishop Seabury at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

TOPEKA – The Kansas State High School Activities Association has released the 2020 High School Basketball State Tournament brackets. Broadcast plans for Sunflower State Radio stations will be announced shortly.

Class 1A will take place at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City. Play gets underway on Wednesday with the boys, girls start on Thursday. Semifinals will be Friday, with championship and consolation games on Saturday.

BOYS-WEDNESDAY (BRACKET)
3:00pm – 2. Little River (22-3) vs. 7. St. Francis (16-7)
4:45pm – 3. St. John-Hudson (22-3) vs. 6. Frankfort (20-6)
6:30pm – 1. Berean Academy (25-0) vs. 8. Stockton (14-11)
8:15pm – 4. Lebo (22-3) vs. 5. South Central (20-5)

GIRLS-THURSDAY (BRACKET)
3:00pm – 2. Cunningham (25-0) vs. 7. Centralia (18-8)
4:45pm – 3. Olpe (25-0) vs. 6. Norwich (22-3)
6:30pm – 1. Central Plains (25-0) vs. 8. Ingalls (16-8)
8:15pm – 4. Hanover (23-1) vs. 5. Otis-Bison (23-2)

Class 2A will take place at Bramlage Coliseum on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan. Play begins on Wednesday with girls action, followed by the boys on Thursday, semifinals on Friday and championships on Saturday. Consolation games will also be played on Saturday.

GIRLS-WEDNESDAY (BRACKET)
3:00pm – 2. Trego Comm. (22-1) vs. 7. Bennington (16-7)
4:45pm – 3. Sterling (21-2) vs. 6. Garden Plain (18-5)
6:30pm – 1. Spearville (23-0) vs. 8. St. Mary’s Colgan (14-9)
8:15pm – 4. Valley Heights (21-2) vs. 5. Wabaunsee (20-3)

BOYS-THURSDAY (BRACKET)
3:00pm – 1. Pratt-Skyline (21-1) vs. 8. Hillsboro (13-9)
4:45pm – 4. Erie (19-4) vs. 5. Sterling (19-4)
6:30pm – 2. Bishop Seabury (21-2) vs. 7. Valley Heights (18-6)
8:15pm – 3. Hoxie (21-2) vs. 6. Garden Plain (18-5)

Class 3A will be held at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on the campus of Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson. Action will start Wednesday with boys quarterfinals, with girls competing on Thursday, semifinals will take place Friday with championship and consolation games on Saturday.

BOYS-WEDNESDAY (BRACKET)
3:00pm – 2. Wichita Collegiate (20-3) vs. 7. Colby (16-7)
4:45pm – 3. Beloit (20-3) vs. 6. Nemaha Central (17-6)
6:30pm – 1.  Haven (21-2) vs. 8. St. Mary’s (13-10)
8:15pm – 4. Galena (18-5) vs. 5. Burlington (18-5)

GIRLS-THURSDAY (BRACKET)
3:00pm – 1. Nemaha Central (23-0) vs. 8. Osage City (13-10)
4:45pm – 4. Phillipsburg (20-3) vs. 5. Cheney (20-3)
6:30pm – 2. Frontenac (21-2) vs. 7. Jefferson West (15-8)
8:15pm – 3. Halstead (20-3) vs. 6. Scott Community (20-3)

Class 4A, 5A and 6A can be found on the KSHSAA website.

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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.