State Volleyball Tournament Champions Crowned Saturday

The Kansas State High School Activities Association wrapped up the 2017 high school volleyball season with the annual State Championship Tournaments on Saturday.

In Class 3A, Thomas More Prep took home the title, defeating Cheney 25-22, 18-25, 25-19. In the 3A consolation match, Hesston defeated Nemaha Central 25-20, 25-7.

In Class 2A, Heritage Christian Academy from Olathe took home the crown, defeating Goessel 25-23, 25-15. The consolation match had Valley Heights defeating Smith Center 25-17, 25-20.

Class 1A Division I had Centralia taking the crown over South Central 25-17, 26-24. Sylvan-Lucas won the consolation match, defeating Pretty Prairie 25-14, 25-20.

Northern Valley was the 1A, Division II State Champion, defeating Otis-Bison 25-15, 25-17. Wheatland/Grinnell finished in 3rd place, winning the consolation match over St. John’s/Tipton 25-21, 25-20.

Complete results from all 8 classifications can be found at

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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 90 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.