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North Oaks Sports Medicine Selects Student-Athletes of the Winter Season

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  • Written By: Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto
North Oaks Sports Medicine Selects Student-Athletes of the Winter Season

North Oaks Sports Medicine certified athletic trainers have joined with North Oaks Orthopedic Specialty Center providers to select Jaylee Womack and Cameron Collier of Ponchatoula High School as “Student-Athletes of the Winter Season” for November 2021-January 2022.

With a 3.85 GPA, senior Jaylee Womack is in her fourth year as a shooting forward on the Lady Wave basketball team. Womack is pictured at center with (from left): Ponchatoula High School Lady Wave Assistant Basketball Coaches Lauren Long and Dana Lee Ingraffia; Dr. Anna-Faye Caminita, Ponchatoula High School principal; North Oaks Certified Athletic Trainer Nick Owens; Lady Wave Head Basketball Coach Patricia Landaiche; and Lady Wave Assistant Basketball Coach Kristi Gill.

This season, she has averaged 28.9 points per game for a total of 928 points, 305 rebounds and 103 assists. Over the course of her high school career, she has netted more than 2,700 points for the Lady Wave. Womack’s senior year culminated in the Lady Wave winning the 2022 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A state championship title and her selection as the LHSAA Class 5A outstanding player.

Other basketball honors for Womack include recognition as the Most Valuable Player for District 6-5A and selection to the first team for All-District, the East All-Star Team and the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team for which she won the 3-point shooting contest. In February 2022, she was named co-winner of the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month award, which is selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

“Jaylee is ranked as the No. 1 player in our state. She is a phenomenal player,” affirms Ponchatoula High School Head Girls Basketball Coach Patricia Landaiche. “In addition to her accolades on the court, she is a kind and compassionate individual off the court. She will lend a helping hand to anyone in need.”

Outside of school, she belongs to the Bethlehem Baptist Church and Peer Leadership Group and enjoys assisting with toy drives and camps for children. She routinely volunteers with Special Olympics Louisiana, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival and Brittany Landaiche Memorial Foundation. During Hurricane Ida recovery, she assisted with providing meals to those in need and can often be found selling concessions, running the clock or keeping stats for local junior high school basketball games.

At school, Womack is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club and Student Council.

Cameron Collier is a junior with a 3.27 GPA on the boys basketball team, who averages 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals per game. Collier is pictured above second from left with: Dr. Anna-Faye Caminita, principal of Ponchatoula High School; North Oaks Certified Athletic Trainer Nick Owens; and the Greenwave’s Head Basketball Coach Tom Taylor.

Voted “favorite player” by Ponchatoula High School summer basketball campers, Collier gives of his spare time to tutor his teammates. He also volunteers with Special Olympics Louisiana.

“Cameron is an exceptional leader for our team,” Ponchatoula High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Tom Taylor explains. “He has demonstrated unmatched dedication to his team and the program’s standards. No matter what was asked of him this season, he did his very best.”

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 2022, the North Oaks Sports Medicine team will choose a “Student-Athlete of the Year” from all season honorees.