TVL & Thunder Classic Tournaments Set To Begin Next Week


Twin Valley League basketball tournament pairings were released for play beginning Saturday, with girls’ action at Frankfort and boys at Onaga.

In the girl’s division, top seeds Valley Heights, Doniphan West, and Hanover receive first round byes, with 4th seed Frankfort facing 13th seed Axtell and 8th seed Linn facing 9th seed Centralia Saturday at 10 a.m. At 11:30, 5th seed Wetmore takes on number 12 Blue Valley, and 6th seed Washington County faces number 11 Troy. Saturday at 1, 7th seed Clifton-Clyde meets number 10 Onaga.

In the boy’s division, top seeds Clifton-Clyde, Hanover, and Frankfort receive first round byes, with 4th seed Centralia taking on number 13 Linn and 5th seed Axtell facing number 12 Onaga Saturday at 10 a.m. At 11:30, 5th seed Axtell tips off with number 12 Onaga, and 6th seed Washington County meets number 12 Troy. Saturday at 1, 7th seed Wetmore meets number 10 Blue Valley.

Marysville High School boys’ team at 4-1 is the number 3 seed in the Thunder Classic at Seneca, with 6-1 St. Mary’s top seed, and host Nemaha Central 5-1 second seed. Atchison 4-3, St. Mary’s Academy 2-5, Jackson Heights 2-3, and Hiawatha 1-5 round out the 7-team field. Marysville tips off versus Jackson Heights Tuesday evening at 7, and will face Nemaha Central Thursday evening at 7, with the finals to follow on Saturday. Marysville games will be broadcast on Classic Country 1570 AM/94.1 FM KNDY.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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.

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