Hailey to play soccer at Louisiana-Monroe

Northwest Mississippi Community College women’s soccer goalkeeper Angel Hailey of Southaven has signed a letter-of-intent to attend and play Division I soccer at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Hailey set a school record for saves and had nine shutouts in her Lady Ranger career.

District play began for DeSoto County high school baseball and softball teams Tuesday. 

Among 6A baseball schools, Hernando opened with a 7-0 shutout of Southaven and defending 6A state champion DeSoto Central pounded Horn Lake 17-0 in five innings.

In 5A district baseball action, it was Olive Branch over Lewisburg 4-0 and Center Hill blanked Lake Cormorant, also by a 4-0 count.

Collin Reuter drove in a pair of runs in the Center Hill victory and struck out seven Gators on the mound. Jordan Smith had a pair of hits for Olive Branch in their win, while Dylan Bond also hit safely twice for Lewisburg. Matthew Koch fanned nine Patriots in the Quistor victory.

Alex Frillman and Kyle Booker paced the DeSoto Central offense with three RBIs each and Kamren James earned the mound victory for the Jaguars in 2.1 innings of work with five strikeouts. Hunter Ray had two RBIs for Hernando while Conner Spencer struck out 12 Southaven batters.

Also in Tuesday baseball, Memphis Home Education Association doubled up on Northpoint Christian 4-2.

In girls softball results from Tuesday, defending 6A state champ DeSoto Central rallied for a 5-2 victory over Center Hill and in 5A district play, it was Lewisburg over Olive Branch 12-0 and Hernando beat Lake Cormorant 11-1. Elsewhere, Fayette Academy outscored Northpoint Christian 6-3.

With the Lewisburg victory, the Lady Patriots moved to 11-0 for the season.

From the baseball diamond on Monday, Lewisburg beat Cleveland Central 16-4 with six runs in the seventh inning, and Shiloh Christian of Springdale, Ark. handled Northpoint Christian 13-2. Jacob Hill had three hits and three RBIs in the Lewisburg win while Gray Bane struck out five on the mound.

Meanwhile in softball on Monday, Northpoint Christian rallied from eight runs down to defeat Whitehaven (Memphis) in a 14-13, eight-inning slugfest. Lindley Gaines scored the game winner on a wild pitch and McKinley Baker drove in four runs. in

PREP SPORTS EXTRA: Northpoint Christian defeated FACS in boys' soccer 3-1 to open its season Tuesday. Wade Martin netted a pair of goals for the Trojans in the victory.

From the tennis court, DeSoto Central edged Center Hill 4-3.

On the golf course, Zach Riley and Easton Wamble each shot 40 for nine holes Tuesday to lead DeSoto Central past Southaven and Hernando. Lewisburg took the DeSoto County title Monday with a 338-344 win over second-place DeSoto Central. Corbin Andrada of Lewisburg was meet medalist with a round of 79 for 18 holes.

HAILEY HEADS TO LOUISIANA-MONROE: After finishing as arguably the best goalkeeper in the history of the Northwest Mississippi Community College women's soccer program, sophomore Angel Hailey of Southaven will continue her career at the Division I level, signing with the University of Louisiana Monroe.

"She has been fantastic for our soccer program," Northwest women's soccer coach Levi Nunnally said. "Not only is she a good goalkeeper, she is a great teammate on the field and a hard worker in the classroom. She is very deserving of going to a Division I program and I think she will do great things for (head coach) Keyton Wheelock. They are lucky to have her and we wish Angel all the best."

In her two seasons with the Lady Rangers, Hailey shattered the school record for saves with 255, edging out the previous school record of 252 set by Ashley Nelson during the 2014-15 seasons. Her 9.11 saves/game also ranks first all-time at Northwest, while her .870 save percentage and 1.85 goals against average ranks third and fourth, respectively. Hailey led the NJCAA and MACJC this season with 190 saves to go along with an .848 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average in nearly 1,230 minutes.

SPORTS ETC.: Terence Davis of Southaven is part of the NCAA tournament with his Ole Miss Rebels, which start the postseason at Columbia, S.C. Friday as the eighth seed in the South Region against number-nine seed Oklahoma. The Rebels made the postseason in coach Kermit Davis’ first year at the helm. Kermit Davis was named SEC Coach of the Year and this week agreed to a new four-year contract with Ole Miss.

Also dancing this weekend on the women’s side is former Olive Branch basketball star Myah Taylor. The redshirt freshman at Mississippi State (30-2) is part of the top-seeded team in the Portland (Ore.) Region that opens NCAA play Friday at home against 16th-seed Southern University.

The first two rounds of the tournament for MSU are in Starkville before it heads west to Oregon, where the Oregon Ducks are the number two seed and one of two teams to defeat MSU this season. Missouri is the other squad with a win over the Bulldogs this year.

It will be the 16th straight postseason appearance for Middle Tennessee State women’s basketball team and former Horn Lake star A’Queen Hayes will be part of the dance for the first time when the Lady Raiders host IUPUI in the Women’s NIT opener tonight in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. MTSU is 22-10 and an at-large team representing Conference USA. IUPUI, at 20-11, is also an at-large bid representing the Horizon League. Hayes, a graduated senior completing her college eligibility, is C-USA Newcomer of the Year.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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