For the second time in three years Booneville’s Rachael May has been named the head coach of the West All Star squad.
Also announced last week was Haley Carter landed a spot on the West All Star volleyball squad.
May was tabbed for the award following the Booneville Cheer Cats second state title, also in a three-year span. Ironically, May will be assisted by Jamie Bunting of Springdale Har-Ber, as was the case in 2016.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to coach the all stars again,” May said after the announcement by the Arkansas Activities Association last week. “This year will be a little more special with two of my athletes being chosen to cheer, and one of those is my daughter.”
If she would have had her way, May would have loaded up the squad with Booneville seniors.
“I wish I could have taken all my seniors, but only four were interested in going. Only two athletes are allowed to be chosen from any school,” she said. “I’m looking forward to coaching the athletes of the West and my two athletes one last time.”
Joining May’s daughter Brooklyn in Conway will be Lane Beckett, marking the first time a male cheerleader has represented Booneville.
In her first year as head coach, Booneville had two cheerleaders selected for the all star week, but only one attended.
The all star festivities, including football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, cheer and dance will be held on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway for the fourth straight year.
The 63rd annual Arkansas High School Coaches Association All Star football game will be held at UCA’s Estes Stadium at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 23. The volleyball match is set for the Farris Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 22.
Carter will be appearing in the game after a season in which she had 345 kills, 73 blocks, 300 digs and a hitting percentage of .308. She is the school’s career kills record holder with 521.
This is the 10th year cheer and dance have been recognized as separate sports.
The all star football roster for the West is void not only of any Booneville players, but any from Conference 4A-4. Magazine’s conference, the 2A-4, is represented only by Danville’s Juan Ponce.