Marysville Junior Legion Team Headed To State Tournament In Great Bend


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L/R Back Row: Head Coach John Haefele, Gavin Turk, Carter Olson, Brandon Schmelzle, Grant Haefele, Monte Huckett, Asst. Coach Loren Schmelzle, Asst. Coach Gabe Olguin.
Front Row L/R: Ayden Olguin, Logan Wetter, Gavyn LeDuc, Keagen Warders, Cabot Bogart, Alex Scheele
not pictured Dakota Slupianek

The Marysville American Legion Jr’s will head to the 2022 Kansas “A” State Tournament in Great Bend. The team, at 17-11, is seeded 3rd in Pool B, will begin competition on Wednesday, July 27th.

7/27 @ 5:30 – vs. Clay Center
7/28 @ 12:30 – vs. Great Bend
7/29 @ 12:30 – vs. Topeka

Marysville will begin the tournament with a 5:30 p.m. matchup against Clay Center on Wednesday, followed by a 12:30 p.m. game against Great Bend on Thursday. On Friday, Marysville will face Topeka at 12:30 p.m.

The format of the tournament is 2 sets of 4 teams playing in pool play. The top 2 teams in each pool will advance to a single elimination tournament to determine a state champion. All teams will play 3 games, with 2 teams playing 4 games and 2 teams playing 5 games.

Pool A consists of No. 1 Overbrook, No. 4 Pittsburg, No. 5 Iola, and No. 8 Newton. Pool B consists of No. 2 Topeka, No. 3 Marysville, No. 6 Clay Center, and No. 7 Great Bend.

Should a tie occur in pool play, positions will be determined by the following tie-breaker rule.

1. Best Record
2. Head-To-Head Competition
3. Total Runs Allowed
4. Total Runs Scored
5. Coin Flip

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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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