1A Sub-State Tournament Seedings Set


1A sub state basketball pairings were released Saturday, with quarterfinal play beginning this Thursday and Friday.

Hanover number 1 and Wetmore number 2 girls’ and boys’ teams are top seeds in the Axtell sub state and receive a bye in the first round. Thursday night, 5th seed Axtell girls tip at 4th seed Blue Valley, and 3rd seed Linn girls host 6th seed Pike Valley. Semifinals are the following Thursday and Friday, March 4th/5th at Axtell High School, with the championship Saturday March 6th.

In the Centralia sub state, Jackson Heights girls are top seed with a bye, 2nd seed Doniphan West will host Troy, 3rd seed Frankfort girls host Onaga this Thursday, and 5th seed Centralia girls tip off at Clifton-Clyde. Clifton-Clyde boys are top seed with a bye, 2nd seed Frankfort boys will host Onaga Thursday, 3rd seed Jackson Heights hosts Troy, and 4th seed Centralia boys will host Doniphan West. Winners advance to semifinals the following Thursday and Friday, March 4th/5th at Centralia, with the championship Saturday, March 6th.

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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