HAMMOND — North Oaks Sports Medicine certified athletic trainers have joined North Oaks Physician Group orthopedic 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.
Students were chosen from both parishes, representing November, December and January.
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 seasonal honorees.
Nomination forms are available online at www.northoaks.org/athlete or can be requested by calling North Oaks Sports Medicine at (985) 230-5248.
Womack is a senior with a 3.8 GPA at Ponchatoula High School. She is a strong forward for the Lady Waves basketball team and will graduate as a four-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 41 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,” Landaiche said. “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.”
St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School senior 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.
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 5 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,” said 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 theater.
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 8 points, four assists, four rebounds, two 3-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 said. “He’s a leader in the classroom too — always willing to help any student and always prepared and ready for class.”