Class 1A Division I State Basketball Tournament Moving To Dodge City

TOPEKA, Kan. – As postseason basketball approaches, the KSHSAA and Fort Hays State University have mutually agreed to relocate this year’s Class 1A Division I state basketball tournament from FHSU to the Civic Center in Dodge City. The state tournament dates remain as scheduled March 9 –12, 2016.

The Fort Hays State University women’s basketball team has positioned itself to potentially host an NCAA regional tournament March 10, 11, 12 and 14, which would conflict with the state high school tournament. By mutual agreement of FHSU and the KSHSAA, the state tournament will be hosted at the Dodge City Civic Center by the Dodge City Sports Commission.

“Whether or not Fort Hays State succeeds in winning the right to host an NCAA regional, the Class 1A Division I state tournament will remain in Dodge City this year,” said KSHSAA Executive Director, Gary Musselman. “The logistics and lead time in staging a successful state tournament necessitate a decision which is in the best interest of Fort Hays State University and the member schools of the KSHSAA, be made now.”

The Dodge City Sports Commission will be working to provide a positive experience for all participants. The 2,500 seat capacity Civic Center is home to Dodge City Community College basketball and in past decades hosted the Class BB state high school tournaments and the annual Dodge City Tournament of Champions featuring high school basketball teams from across the state.
The Class 1A DII tournaments will also be in Dodge City played at the United Wireless Area.

The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Boys Quarterfinal games at 3:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 6:30 pm, & 8:15 pm
Thursday, March 10, 2016 Girls Quarterfinal games at 3:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:15 pm

Friday, March 11, 2016 Semifinal games
Girls at 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Boys at 4:45 pm and 8:15 pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016 Consolation and State Championship games
12:00 p.m. – 3rd Place Girls Game
2:00 p.m. – 3rd Place Boys Game
4:00 p.m. – Girls Championship Game
6:15 p.m. – Boys Championship Game

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.