As the high school football season winds down this week with Louisiana High School Athletic Association semifinal games set for Friday, the basketball season is heating up.

Nine boys basketball tournaments and five girls basketball tournaments help make up a busy of week of action that also includes single games Monday and Tuesday.

The Brusly Tournament for boys teams begins Wednesday with a rematch of a title game from last year’s LHSAA Top 28 Tournament. At 8:30 p.m., defending 1A champion White Castle faces last year’s runner-up, Southern Lab, to help open the tournament.

Two prominent local boys coaches, East Ascension’s Kenny Almond and St. Amant’s Gary Duhe, look to achieve career milestones at St. Amant’s Ralph Sellers Gold Dome Classic also set to begin Wednesday.

Almond is just a couple of wins away from his 800th career win after starting the season with 796 wins. Duhe started the season with 696 career victories.

Meanwhile, the St. Michael-Episcopal Tournament for girls will be played at three sites starting Wednesday and features a mixture of teams from north and south Louisiana.

Loyola Prep-Shreveport, Benton and West Ouachita are among the 16 teams competing in a round-robin format with games at St. Michael, Episcopal and Denham Springs.

Officials meetings set

The Capital City Umpires Association for baseball and the Baton Rouge Softball Chapter of the Louisiana High School Officials have important organizational meetings during the next two weeks.

The Capital City Umpires will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Broadmoor High library.

Registration for the spring season will begin at this meeting and all current umpires, along with those wishing to become a high school baseball umpire should plan to attend. Contact assignment secretary Al Toups at (225) 292-2840 for details.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, the BRsoftball chapter of the LHSOA will meet at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson Highway Park located on Jefferson Highway between Cypress and Wrenwood Blvd. Call assignment secretary Paul Dufour at (225) 505-1287.

All-Metro meetings

Coaches from the Baton Rouge metro area are invited to participate in the selection of the All-Metro cross country teams.

The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Episcopal coaches office located in the school’s main gym.

Those who are unable to attend should send their team’s nominations to Episcopal coach Claney Duplechin at

• The All-Metro meeting for volleyball coaches will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Dunham School’s Domingue Center. Contact Dunham coach Donna Pixley at (225) 767-7097 and fax nominations to Pixley at (225) 767-7056.

All-district teams needed

The Advocate is seeking all-district volleyball and football teams for several districts. These teams should be submitted no later than Tuesday.

Volleyball all-district teams sought include: Division I, District 3, Division II, District 3, Division IV, District 2 and Division IV, District 3.

Football all-district teams for Districts 4-5A, 7-3A, 7-2A, 7-1A and 9-1A are needed.

Send teams to Robin Fambrough at (225) 388-0318 or via email to

All-state nominations

The Advocate seeks nominations from metro area coaches for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s all-state football teams.

Players nominated must be first-team all-district selections. District, regular season and full season statistics should be provided.

Players who are MVPs of districts are automatically nominated. However, coaches still need to submit statistics for their MVPs.

Send nominations by fax to Fambrough at (225) 388-0318 or via email to

Football notables

West St. John defensive end Ronnie Feist, an LSU commitment, is the lone Louisiana player set to compete for the 2012 U.S.

Under-19 National football team in the third International Bowl.

The International Bowl that matches a U.S. team against players from across the world will be Feb. 1 in Austin, Texas.

e_SBlt Chris Stroud stepped down as head football coach at Destrehan High before the Thanksgiving break.

The Wildcats finished with a 2-8 record, including eight straight losses to close the season.

In two seasons as head coach, Stroud, previously a Destrehan assistant, was 5-15.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough