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North Oaks Sports Medicine Announces Student-Athletes of the 2019 Spring 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 Chloe Stokes, Austin Granier, Haleigh Pourciau and Brock Bankston as the 2019 “Student-Athletes of the Spring Season” in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes.

Female and male students were chosen from both parishes, representing the months of February, March and April 2019.

Chloe Stokes is graduating as an honor student with a 4.0 GPA at Jewel Sumner High School in Kentwood.

Chloe Stokes is graduating as an honor student with a 4.0 GPA at Jewel Sumner High School in Kentwood

Stokes has played softball with the Cowgirls throughout her high school career, ending this season with a .393 batting average and throwing 82 strikeouts as pitcher. She is pictured above (second from left) with Jewel Sumner High School Head Softball Coach Joanie Booty, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Jenna Miller and Head Athletic Trainer/Supervisor Matt Rabalais.

According to Cowgirls Head Softball Coach Joanie Booty, Stokes is always prepared to take a “captain’s role” as an example to others of sportsmanship and scholarship on and off the field.

In addition to softball, Stokes also is involved in Students Helping Students, the Beta Club and the Spanish Club.

Ponchatoula senior Austin Granier graduated with a 3.98 GPA and recently threw a complete game no-hitter for the Green Wave against Chalmette on February 21.

Ponchatoula senior Austin Granier graduated with a 3.98 GPA and recently threw a complete game no-hitter for the Green Wave against Chalmette on February 21.

As president of Ponchatoula High’s Key Club, Granier actively sought to share his talents and experiences with others in the community. He is pictured above (second from left) with Ponchatoula High School’s Assistant Baseball Coach Brett Vampran, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Nicholas Owens and Head Athletic Trainer/Supervisor Matt Rabalais.

“Austin really tries to be a leader in the community,” says Ponchatoula High School’s Assistant Baseball Coach Brett Vampran. “He serves as a coach in local recreational sports leagues and as an after-school tutor at the public library.”

Sophomore Haleigh Pourciau of Walker High School couples a 4.0 GPA with a .389 batting average and 1.2 ERA on the softball field.

Sophomore Haleigh Pourciau of Walker High School couples a 4.0 GPA with a .389 batting average and 1.2 ERA on the softball field.

She is pictured above (third from left) with North Oaks Sports Medicine Head Athletic Trainer/Supervisor Matt Rabalais and Athletic Trainer Anthony Baham and Wildcats Softball Coach Hali Fletcher.

“Haleigh is one of the hardest workers I have ever coached,” states Wildcats Softball Coach Hali Fletcher. “She leads by example in the classroom, in the hallways and always on the field. She is a student-athlete that balances both responsibilities proficiently.”

Third baseman Brock Bankston of Albany High School also has a 4.0 GPA and recently garnered First Team All-District and All-Parish honors.

Third baseman Brock Bankston of Albany High School also has a 4.0 GPA and recently garnered First Team All-District and All-Parish honors.

He is pictured above (second from left) with Albany High School Head Baseball Coach Gabriel Woods, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Mandy Serpas and Head Athletic Trainer/Supervisor Matt Rabalais.

Bankston, who ended the year with a .300 batting average, is the “first guy on the field and the last to leave every day,” according to Head Hornets Baseball Coach Gabriel Woods. “He excels in the classroom and encourages his teammates to also stand out.”

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