Episcopal’s Janelle Jones was part of a large group of local athletes who signed with colleges as the spring signing period began in a variety of sports last week.

Jones, a track sprinter, continued a family tradition when she signed with Xavier University-New Orleans on Thursday. Though her imprint will come in a different sport, Jones is following in the footsteps of older sisters Danielle and Marchelle Jones.

Danielle and Marchelle Jones also played at Episcopal before moving on to Xavier. Danielle played basketball and volleyball for the Gold Rush and is now doing her residency in plastic surgery in St. Louis, Mo. Marchelle played basketball for Xavier and now works as an engineer for a local construction firm.

“There were some other schools she was looking at,” Andrea Williams Jones said of her youngest daughter. “I do think she felt comfortable with Xavier, the campus and everything, because she spent time there when her sisters went there.

“All three of them worked extremely hard to get a chance to compete in college, and they all work hard the classroom. I’m just proud.”

Nominations needed

The Advocate sports staff is accepting nominations for its Athlete of the Year awards. The 30th annual Star of Stars/Athlete of the Year banquet to honor Baton Rouge’s top high school athletes in a wide range of sports is scheduled for May.

Schools in the Baton Rouge metro area are encouraged nominate their top athletes for the overall Athlete of the Year awards. The Advocate sports staff will select one boys winner and one girls winner from the nominees.

Athletes of the Year nominees must be in grades 10 to 12 and on track to meet the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards. Schools should submit a complete list of their athlete’s accomplishments in 2014-15, including statistics, postseason honors, etc.

Nominations can be faxed to Robin Fambrough at (225) 388-0318 or submitted by email to rfambrough@theadvocate.com. The deadline is May 4.

In addition to selecting a top overall athlete for boys and girls, The Advocate sports staff also will select the Star of Stars in 15 sports.

Nominations from relatives and others not affiliated with a school will not be accepted. Email Fambrough with any questions about the nomination process.

Signees, etc.

Janelle Jones wasn’t the only Episcopal signee Thursday. Gymnast Caroline Bradford signed with Georgia.

Two local boys golfers also are bound for New Orleans schools. Ascension Catholic’s Tucker Landry signed with Loyola on Wednesday, while University High’s Michael Sotile signed with the University of New Orleans.

East Ascension sprinter Ariane Williams signed with Southeastern Louisiana University. Williams placed third in the Division I 400 meters at the LHSAA Indoor meet.

Former Brusly basketball standout Dimario Jackson signed with the University of North Alabama. Jackson recently earned JUCO All-America honors for Northeast Mississippi Community College. He averaged 18.9 points and 3.4 assists per game.

Landry’s number retired

Ascension Catholic baseball coach Todd Landry was honored in a special way before his team’s win over Ascension Christian on Thursday. Landry, a former ACHS star, had his No. 9 retired.

One of the area’s top players when he graduated in 1990, Landry played in two American Legion World Series for All Star Ford and was part of the Bulldogs’ 1A runner-up team in 1988.

Landry played one season at Southeastern Louisiana University and then played at California-based Lassen Community College before playing at the University of Arizona. He was the All-PAC 10 first baseman in 1993.

After being drafted in the 31st round by the Milwaukee Brewers, Landry went on to minor league baseball through 1998. Landry played with the New Orleans Zephyrs at one point.

Coaches corner

There was nothing but good news for, Adrian Blake and Amy Blanchard, two girls basketball coaches with local ties.

Blake, a former Capitol High standout, was voted the Houma-Thibodaux area’s regional Coach of the Year after coaching Ellender to the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Blanchard was named head coach at Assumption High. She previously was a head coach at St. James, East Iberville and Donaldsonville.

Jobs, etc.

Broadmoor High seeks a spring football game opponent.

Interested schools should contact coach Elliott Wilkins at (225) 772-6094.

  • Live Oak is accepting applications for its volleyball coach position. Applicants must have a valid Louisiana teaching certificate.

Applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to LOHS athletic directors Jason Cooper at jason.cooper@lpsb.org or Robert Graves at robert.graves@lpsb.org.

  • University High seeks certified nonfaculty coaches for swimming and cross country. Contact UHS Athletic Director Jill White via email to jwhit15@lsu.edu or associate athletic director Aimee Welch at awelch1@lsu.edu.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough