It’s tournament time again — Boys Metro Golf tournament time, that is.

Catholic, Dutchtown and University are the favorites going into the annual event set for Tuesday at Beaver Creek Golf Course.

Dutchtown’s Logan Leary and Grant Welch of Runnels lead a tightly-packed group of individuals expected to contend for individual honors.

Leary and Welch finished the regular season averaging one shot under par. U-High’s Trey Winstead and Michael Sotile finished at even par.

Catholic’s Triston Elston, Zachary’s Brady Bennett and Dunham’s Miller Maestri averaged less than one shot over par.

The metro tourney helps kick off the spring sports postseason. The Girls Metro tournament is set for April 22, also at Beaver Creek.

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 to 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 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.

Autism awareness

April is National Autism Awareness month and for the fifth-straight year St. Amant assistant baseball coach Marshall Crooks and his wife, Christie, are traveling across the state as part of the “Strike Out Autism” initiative.

The Crooks family helps raise money for Families Helping Families, a group that supports families who have children with autism. As a part of this program, players from St. Amant, East Ascension, Dutchtown, Donaldsonville, Ascension Catholic, Zachary, Assumption, Dunham and University wear blue silicon bracelets.

The Crooks, whose son Allen has autism, have also traveled to college baseball games across the state.

The sixth annual Active for Autism 5K Walk-Run is set for Saturday at the State Police headquarters located near Independence Park.

Prep notables

Dutchtown pitcher Dillon Abbess committed to LSU-Eunice last week after a visit to the school, Griffins baseball coach Chris Schexnaydre said. Abbess has a 4-2 record for the Griffins.

Former St. Joseph’s Academy pitcher Caroline Sagrera of Spring Hill College struck out 15 of the 16 batters she faced and allowed one hit in a 12-0 victory over LeMoyne Owen College on Saturday. She has 350 strikeouts this spring.