May tabbed to lead Heber Springs baseball


Monterio May never envisioned becoming a head baseball coach this year and prepared for another season as director of player development at the University of Central Arkansas.

But that quickly changed with the resignation of Scott Bramlett as head baseball coach at Heber Springs High School in September.

May learned from a former teammate about the job opening at Heber Springs, submitted an application and the rest is now history. He took the reins of the Panther baseball program Monday and began preparation for the new season.

Monterio May

“I applied for the job and received an email within 24 hours asking me to come and interview,” May said. “I jumped out of my seat and was excited to get an interview. I met with the school administrators and school district staff, and they treated me like a member of the family. I’m grateful to the community, school district and (Superintendent) Dr. (Andy) Ashley for the opportunity.”

May began learning the game at an early age and took advantage of opportunities to play at different levels.

“I played baseball since the age of five,” he said. “I try to use the competitive edge to my advantage. One of my biggest accomplishments was being an alternate on the USA Baseball 16-and-under team.”

May started his collegiate baseball career at Shelton County Community College (Alabama). He transferred to Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (Alabama) because of an injury and the school was closer to his home. May finished his playing career at Central Baptist College in Conway.

“After earning an associate’s degree, I made the best decision in my life in coming to Arkansas,” May said. “I played two years (at CBC) for coach Aaron Brister and was part of the team when it won a conference championship.”

After playing one year in an independent league, May accepted an opportunity to work for UCA and head coach Allen Gum.

“I worked at UCA for the last three years,” May said. “I was prepared to stay at UCA and wait to see what might open in a year. This job turned into the right fit for me.”

May is completing the final requirements for a master’s degree in educational and athletic administration. He then plans to start work on a doctorate’s degree.

May comes from a family of educators. A sister is a teacher and a brother-in-law is a strength and conditioning coach. May said that taught him the importance of education.

“Education can never be taken away from you,” May said. “My ultimate goal is to make an impact on people around me. Coaching and teaching allow me to do that. I want to make a positive impact.”

May met with players last week and held a parents’ meeting Thursday night at the Panther Den. He said everything has been positive and ready to start preseason workouts.

“I noticed that we have players with a lot of athleticism,” he said. “We had around 27 players at the first meeting, and I know of four basketball players who will join us when that season is completed.”

May said everything is in place for success.

“My philosophy is to finish strong,” he said. “We will learn how to compete at a high level. We have amazing facilities and a community that supports the program 100 percent. We will find ways to get the job done and build a foundation for the future of the program.”

CBC finishes 2-2 at Philander Smith

August 31, 2019


LITTLE ROCK – Looking to continue their momentum after splitting on the first day of the Philander Smith Classic, Central Baptist College volleyball took the court today for two more game at Mims Gymnasium. CBC (2-2) won the first match of the day over Texas College 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-10) before dropping the second match to Tabor College 3-1 (15-25, 25-16, 11-25, 18-25).

Juliane Abernathy (FR/Katy, Texas) had a big day, posting double-digit kills in both matches. Taylor Folsom (FR/North Little Rock), Hope Johnson (SR/Rogers) and Alizea Garza (JR/Odessa, Texas) also posted double digits in assists and digs in both matches as well.


The Mustangs dropped the first set against Texas College before winning the final three. Emily Farmer (FR/Vilonia) posted a double-double, recording 17 kills with 19 digs, while Abernathy posted 14 kills and hit .333 in the match. Folsom had 33 assists and Johnson had 17 while Garza also recorded 18 digs. CBC had 58 kills to just 33 for the Steers while hitting .205 to just .128 for TC.


CBC struggled to keep momentum in match two, winning set two before dropping the final two sets to fall to 2-2 for the weekend. Abernathy led the way with 12 kills while Folsom recorded 17 assists and Johnson had 12. Garza recorded 22 digs while Kelsy Knox (SR/Barling) added 15 digs of her own. Tabor outhit the Mustangs .197 to .016 and posted seven blocks to just three for CBC.


The Mustangs return to the court on Tuesday night in Tyler, Texas, when they will face the Steers of Texas College for a second time. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.

CBC falls to Avila University

August 31, 2019


 KANSAS CITY – Continuing their season-opening six game road trip, Central Baptist College women’s soccer took the pitch today against Avila. CBC (0-4), trailed 4-0 at halftime, but buckled down on defense in the second half, ultimately falling 6-1 to the Eagles (1-2).

Mallory Howard (FR/Little Rock) would score her first career goal in the second half on an assist from Kelsie Moore (JR/Middlesborough, England) for CBC‘s fourth goal in as many games. Thania Vela (JR/Monticello) went the distance in goal, making eight saves for the Mustangs.

CBC will rest up for the next six days before their next game on Sept. 6 at Evangel. Kickoff for that matchup is set for 5 p.m.

CBC pair sweep conference awards

September 2, 2019


ST LOUIS – The American Midwest Conference office has announced the Offensive and Defensive Athletes of the Week for men’s soccer this week. Ryan Lee (FR/North Little Rock) and Andrew Montoya (SO/Rogers) were chosen through voting by the AMC’s Sports Information Directors.

Lee earned the award after having a huge offensive week. The forward scored three goals, two against Central Christian and once against Avila, helping the Mustangs win twice. He also had two assists, including the winning assist against Avila. This is the first Athlete of the Week award for Lee.

Montoya earned his second career Defensive Player of the Week. Montoya notched two wins while making 17 saves and helping the Mustangs move to 3-1 this season. He made a career-high 11 saves against Central Christian and then added six more saves to his total against Avila, shutting out the Eagles for almost 89 minutes.

CBC takes down Avila in Kansas City

August 31, 2019


KANSAS CITY – Carrying some momentum from a win on Thursday night, Central Baptist College men’s soccer took on Avila University this afternoon. CBC (3-1) got goals from Ryan Lee (FR/North Little Rock) in the first half and Nicholas Reed (JR/Morrilton) in the second half and held on to beat Avila (1-1) 2-1.

Lee’s goal gave him the team lead for the season and Reed, a defender, scored again to seal it. Andrew Montoya (SO/Rogers) was brilliant between the sticks yet again.


  • Lee’s goal came in the fourth minute off an assist from Tyler Maynard (SR/White Hall) that finished a counter attack
  • Reed’s goal came from Lee in the 68th minute and gave CBC a 2-0 lead at the time
  • Montoya made six saves for his third victory of the season


  • Jake Gaynor scored in the 88th minute to cut the lead in half
  • Chris Guldenpfennig made three saves


The Mustangs are now off until Sept. 6, when they play Evangel in Springfield, Mo., with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.