Hanover Boys & Valley Heights Girls Advance To State Championships


Saturday sub-state championships decided as the Hanover boys take down Wetmore 74-37, and the Wetmore girls escape with a 33-32 win over Hanover at Axtell.

Frankfort boys season ended at the hands of top seed Clifton-Clyde 46-32, and the Doniphan West girls took Clifton-Clyde 44-33 at Centralia.

Valley Heights Lady Mustangs advance to state, winning over Riverside 63-41, Valley Falls boys took Riverside 68-58. And finally, the Marysville boys fell to top seed Royal Valley 39-31, ending the MHS season at 17-4.  Sabetha girls outlasted Nemaha Central in double overtime 27-24.

Clay Center girls stayed perfect on the season with a win over Concordia 57-25, and it was the Wamego girls over Holton 55-20.  

Area teams advancing to state are the Hanover boys and Valley Heights girls.

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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