Northwest Mississippi Community College sophomore defender Samantha Weinberg of Center Hill will get the chance to continue her playing career at the next level after signing with Mississippi University for Women.

"She didn’t get the playing time she wanted as a freshman in the fall," Northwest head women's soccer coach Levi Nunnally said. "(But) she came in and worked really hard last spring and earned a well-deserved scholarship. We were hoping her sophomore year would turn out a little different but injuries did plague her and prevent her from doing that. She's deserving of this opportunity to play for Jack Byrd at The W and I know that she will do well there."

Weinberg, a former Center Hill Lady Mustangs soccer player, played in seven matches last season before having her sophomore campaign cut short due to a season-ending ACL tear. She logged a career-high 46 minutes of action in a September loss to Holmes, just before her injury.

As a freshman, Weinberg saw action in nine matches as a reserve defender and helped the Lady Rangers to 10 shutouts, an 11-6 overall record and a trip to the MACJC semifinals.

Off the field, Weinberg collected MACJC and NJCAA All-Academic Team selections as well as President's and Vice President's List honors.

Weinberg becomes the third member of the Lady Ranger soccer program to sign at the next level this year, following Angel Hailey of Southaven to Louisiana-Monroe and Angelica Justice to Faulkner University.

Located in Columbus, MUW recently resurrected its athletic programs and competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Weinberg will join several former Lady Rangers at The W, including Mary Catherine Hutchens, Mackenzie Fennell and Alayna Brechin. 

DIAMOND DUST: High school baseball and softball teams were in action as the week started with some district contests involved in the matchups. In baseball, DeSoto Central posted a 5-3 victory at Hernando Tuesday night, as Kamren James collected three hits for the defending 6A state champions. Hernando answered with a pair of hits each from Grant Johnson and Hunter Ray and the Jaguars won despite seven strikeouts from Tiger pitcher Connor Spencer.

Southaven outslugged Horn Lake 11-10 in the other 6A district baseball contest held Tuesday night, using a walkoff in the bottom of the ninth inning for the win. Cameron Lancaster drove in three runs for the Chargers, while Michael McField and Sean Rice drove in two each for the Eagles. Jonah Posey struck out seven for Southaven, while Sam Fountain fanned six for Horn Lake.

In 5A district baseball from Tuesday, Lewisburg blanked Lake Cormorant 9-0 with Ethan Kreyer posting seven strikeouts in four innings pitched for the Patriots in the victory. Bailey Shaw had three of Lewisburg’s 10 hits in the contest and scored twice, while Dylan Bond had a pair of hits. Hayden Clements led the Gator offense with two hits. Seven of Lewisburg’s nine runs came in the second inning.

Olive Branch blanked Center Hill 4-0 to move to 2-1 in district play. Johnny Setchfield hit a two-run home run for Olive Branch.

Elsewhere, in TSSAA action, Northpoint Christian beat Harding Academy 9-5. The Trojans also handled Harding 8-5 on Monday to sweep the two-game series.

On the softball diamond, defending 6A state champion DeSoto Central played back-to-back non-district games Monday and Tuesday and held their opponents scoreless in both contests. The Lady Jags blanked Olive Branch 10-0 in five innings on Monday at home, then traveled into Tennessee and shut out St. Benedict at Auburndale 9-0 on Tuesday. Sterling James threw a no-hitter for DeSoto Central in Tuesday’s victory.

Lewisburg, holding the best record among DeSoto County teams at this point in the spring season, moved to 14-0 with Tuesday’s 12-1 victory over Southaven. Hailey Lott drove in three runs for Lewisburg, which broke the game open with seven runs in the second inning. Reagan Tweedy homered for Lewisburg and pitcher Casey Raggett struck out four in five innings.

Center Hill held off Lake Cormorant 7-6 to improve to 2-0 in 5A district play with the win as the Lady Mustangs scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Erin Holmes and Katelyn Moss each had two hits for Center Hill and Moss struck out four.

One other softball result reported had Northpoint Christian defeat Evangelical Christian, Tenn. 13-2.

SPORTS ETC.: DeSoto Central boys and girls both won their part of a four-team meet with Olive Branch, Hernando and Lewisburg on Tuesday. Corbin Andrada of Lewisburg (38) and Erin Donovan of DeSoto Central (47) were medalists for the nine-hole meet.

Lewisburg’s tennis team has a 5-1 season record after Tuesday’s 7-0 victory over Olive Branch.

Northwest Mississippi Community College Sports Information Director Brian Lentz contributed to this article.

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