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North Oaks Sports Medicine Recognizes Student-Athletes of the Month

The North Oaks Sports Medicine team has recognized Bailey Lee, Steven Liuzza, Tyler Pigott and Lauren Thompson as “Student-Athletes of the Month.”

Loranger High School’s Bailey Lee has a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). She is a guard on the girls’ basketball team and is a “walking billboard for work ethic and overcoming adversity,”according to Girls Basketball Coach Sean Shields. She hasn’t missed a drill, practice or game since recently rebounding from an ACL injury. The high school senior also helps her family manage Loranger’s Youth Basketball Program. She is the daughter of Kevin and Cherelle Lee.

From left are Loranger High Head Girls Basketball Coach Sean Shields, Bailey Lee and North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Whitney Adams.

Steven Liuzza is an Oak Forest Academy junior with a 4.0 GPA. He is an infielder/pitcher on the baseball team and started the season batting .333 with two home runs. He recently propelled his team to victory with a walk-off grand slam. Head Baseball Coach Tony Salim notes that Lee has a passion for baseball and does whatever is asked of him during a game. "He always has an upbeat attitude whether it’s in the weight room at practice or preparing to play a game,” explains Salim. Steven is the son of Connie and Chris Liuzza.
From left are North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, Steven Liuzza and Oak Forest Academy Head Baseball Coach Tony Salim.

Tyler Pigott, a Doyle High School junior, is a left-handed pitcher who has been instrumental in the baseball team’s success, according to Head Coach Tim Beatty. He is currently unbeaten in several starts and has one save. He was recognized last year by the “Perfect Game” baseball scouting website with an honorable mention. His summer ball team won the State Championship, and in his freshman year, he was named an Honorable Mention All-district Player. In the classroom, he has scored a 3.13 GPA. He is the son of Carol and Brian Pigott.
From left are Doyle High School Head Baseball Coach Tim Beatty, Tyler Pigott and North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt.
An Albany High School senior, Lauren Thompson is both a two-time All-parish and All-district basketball player. She was awarded the All-parish Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013. Head Girls Basketball Coach Stacy Darouse calls Thompson, the team captain, an “exceptional student-athlete who leads her team on the floor, in the classroom and in all areas of life.” She has a 3.85 GPA. She is the daughter of Mark and Sharmon Thompson.
From left are Albany High School Head Girls Basketball Coach Stacy Darouse, Albany High Principal Jill Prokop, Lauren Thompson, Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Mandy Trepagnier and North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt.

From August 2013 to April 2014, North Oaks Sports Medicine staff and North Oaks Orthopedic Specialty Center physicians will choose a male and female from Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes who have a 3.0 grade point average or higher; excel in athletic competition; participate in school and community organizations; and have earned the respect of coaches, teammates, officials, teachers and their peers. In May, they will choose a “Student-Athlete of the Year” from all the monthly honorees. Nominations are accepted from coaches, athletic directors and principals.

Nomination forms are posted here or can be requested by calling North Oaks Sports Medicine at (985) 230-5248.