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North Oaks Sports Medicine Announces Student-Athletes of the 2017-18 Winter Season

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto
North Oaks Sports Medicine certified athletic trainers have joined North Oaks Physician Group orthopaedic surgeons to select Kade Bleakley, Alana Chandler, Trent Martin and Jazmyn Womack as the 2017-2018 “Student-Athletes of the Winter Season” in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes.

Female and male students were chosen from both parishes, representing the months of November-December 2017 and January 2018.

Jazmyn Woman with, from left, Lady Waves Head Basketball Coach Patricia Landaiche, North Oaks Sports Medicine Head Athletic Trainer/Supervisor Matthew Rabalais and Athletic Trainer Nick Owens, and Ponchatoula High School Principal Danny Strickland.

Jazmyn Womack is a senior with a 3.8 GPA at Ponchatoula High School.

Womack is a strong forward for the Lady Waves basketball team and will graduate as a 4-year letterman in the sport.

Honors amassed during her high school career include belonging to the 2015 Division I State Championship team, All-State honorable mention recognition for the 2016-17 season, being named to the All-District team as a sophomore and junior and selection to the All-Parish Tournament team for the past two years.

In the 2017-18 season, Womack has recorded seven double doubles in points and rebounds. She is averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game. Lady Waves Head Basketball Coach Patricia Landaiche points to Womack’s game highs, including: 30 points and nine rebounds against South Lafourche High School, 25 points and 10 rebounds against Ouachita Parish High School and forty-one points and nine rebounds versus district rival Hammond High Magnet School.

Off the court, Womack belongs to the Student Council, Interact Club and National Honor Society.

“Jazmyn is always eager to help others and is involved in numerous community service activities through her school club memberships and the Lady Waves basketball team,” asserts Landaiche. “During the recent floods, she volunteered in her community and with the local Humane Society. She also has participated in adopting a family for Christmas with her basketball teammates.”

Kade Bleakley with, from left, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Jeremy Kulbeth and Head Athletic Trainer/Supervisor Matthew Rabalais, and Falcons Head Basketball Coach Raymone Andrews.

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School senior Kade Bleakley maintains a 3.9 GPA and has played basketball for the Falcons for four years.

As a point guard, he has netted 18 points versus Archbishop Rummel High School, 10 points against Lee Magnet High School and 23 points versus Parkview Baptist High School this season.

Bleakley also belongs to the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key Club, Light Team and Campus Ministry. He serves St. Thomas as a school ambassador and as a Wendy’s High School Heisman school representative.

Head Basketball Coach Raymone Andrews notes that Bleakley always makes time to help his teammates with homework or studying for a test.

Alana Chandler with, from left, Springfield High School Lady Bulldogs Head Basketball Coach Byron Garner and North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Mandy Serpas.

Alana Chandler is a senior at Springfield High School with a 4.7 GPA.

As a center/power forward in her fourth year of play for the Lady Bulldogs basketball team, she’s scored a stat line of five points, six rebounds and two assists so far this season.

“Alana manages the locker room with the best of them — controlling and conducting herself with class, showing compassion for others, motivating a young team and leading by example with ultimate effort and hustle on the court,” remarks Lady Bulldogs Head Basketball Coach Byron Garner. “She's a coach's dream as it pertains to receiving constructive criticism and being accountable for on- and off-the-court issues.”

In addition to playing basketball, Chandler is a Springfield High School cheerleader and member of the golf team. She also is active in Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Builders Club, Leadership Council and the Livingston Parish Talented Arts Program in the discipline of theater.

Trent Martin with, from left, Springfield High School Boys Head Basketball Coach Blake Zito and North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Mandy Serpas.

Trent Martin is a senior shooting guard for Springfield High School’s boys basketball team now in his fourth year of play.

Martin has netted more than 100 points this season, averaging eight points, four assists, four rebounds, two three-pointers and one steal per game.

A Woodsman of the World Award recipient, he maintains a 4.2 GPA and scored a 29 on the ACT. He also has played football all four years of high school for which he was named to the All-Parish Second Team and garnered All-District Honorable Mention accolades.

Martin counts Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Future Farmers of America membership among his many activities.

Springfield’s Boys Head Basketball Coach Blake Zito views Martin as a model student-athlete. “Trent is the kid that coaches dream about coaching. He’s respectful and will do anything to help the team,” Zito continues. “He’s a leader in the classroom too – always willing to help any student and always prepared and ready for class.”

Principals, coaches and athletic directors from high schools in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes nominate student-athletes. Candidates must: have a 3.0 GPA 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, the North Oaks Sports Medicine team will choose a “Student-Athlete of the Year” from all season honorees.

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