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North Oaks Sports Medicine Student-Athletes of the Month for November Announced

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

North Oaks Sports Medicine and North Oaks Physician Group’s orthopedic surgeons have selected Lydia Pevey of Ponchatoula High School, Joshua Ethan Wallace of Loranger High School, Lacy Loupe of Maurepas High School and Reeves Blankenship of Springfield High School as “Student-Athletes of the Month” for November 2015.

Lydia Pevey, 16, is a junior student and third-year cross country team stand-out at Ponchatoula High School. The daughter of Jerri and Dennis Pevey, she maintains a 3.9 GPA and recently led the Cross Country team to a fourth-place finish in district and twelfth-place finish in state.

Pevey’s coach and teacher Jennifer Drake shares, “Lydia is a positive role model for her teammates and peers on and off campus. She leads in the right direction and strives hard to maintain a positive attitude and team environment.”

Pevey belongs to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club and National Honor Society. She also runs track and plays basketball for the Lady Greenwave.
From left are: Ponchatoula High School Principal Danny Strickland, North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, Lydia Pevey, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Jonathan Gantt and Ponchatoula High School Assistant Cross Country Coach and North Oaks Sports Medicine Part-Time Athletic Trainer Emily Haase.

Seventeen-year-old senior Joshua Ethan Wallace attends Loranger High School, where he maintains a 3.5 GPA and has played football for the Wolves for 4 years.

Loranger High School Head Football Coach Sam Messina notes that for the 2015 season, the defensive lineman racked up 55 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.

Off the football field, Wallace belongs to the Spanish Club and gives of his time to help mentor elementary students. He is the grandson of Karen and Mark Wallace.

From left are: Loranger High School Head Football Coach Sam Messina, Ethan Wallace, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Whitney Phillips and Loranger High School Principal Torrence Joseph.

Lacy Loupe is a 17-year-old senior at Maurepas High School with a 3.9 GPA. She has played basketball for the Lady Wolves for 6 years—from seventh to twelfth grade. As a guard, she is averaging 13 points/game, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals this season.

Loupe’s reputation for offering encouraging words to her fellow classmates and teammates and volunteering to help out with younger students has earned her respect as a positive role model, according to Head Basketball Coach Brittany Lauzervich.

She belongs to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club. Her parents are Patrick and Tracy Loupe.
From left are: Maurepas High School Principal Kenny Kraft, Maurepas High School Athletic Director Anthony Gregoire, Lacy Loupe, Maurepas Head Basketball Coach Brittany Lauzervich and North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt.

Reeves Blankenship, a 17-year-old junior at Springfield High School, maintains a 4.0 GPA and is long snapper and center for the Bulldogs football team. He is recognized as the top high school long snapper in Louisiana and is ranked fifty-sixth in the country.

The son of Janet and Dane Blankenship, he earned the school’s Math and Physical Science Award in his sophomore year and is serving as junior class president this year. He participates in the school’s daily morning broadcasts and assists with livestreaming of athletic events.

Bulldogs Athletic Director and Football Coach Ryan Serpas also notes that Blankenship is actively involved in Community Church of Springfield. He belongs to the youth group and helps livestream church services every Wednesday and Sunday.
From left are: North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt, Springfield High Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Ryan Serpas, Reeves Blankenship and North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Mandy Trepagnier.

From September 2015 to April 2016, North Oaks Sports Medicine staff and North Oaks Physician Group orthopedic surgeons will choose male and female Student-Athletes of the Month from both Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes. Honorees must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, excel in athletic competition, participate in school and community organizations, and respect coaches, teammates, officials, teachers and their peers. In May 2016, male and female “Student-Athletes of the Year” will be selected from all the monthly honorees for both parishes.

Nominations are accepted from coaches, athletic directors, principals and North Oaks Sports Medicine athletic trainers.

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