North Oaks Sports Medicine is inviting the public to vote for this year’s Student Athlete of the Year.
North Oaks Sports Medicine partners with local high schools in Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes to honor student-athletes who go above and beyond, both on and off the field. Their Student-Athlete of the Season program encourages students to excel in athletics and in the classroom by recognizing students who not only excel in their sports programs but also maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA, actively participate in school/community organizations, and show respect for coaches, teammates, officials, teachers, and their fellow students.
This year’s nominees include three student-athletes from Ponchatoula High School, three from Albany High School, and one player each from Hammond High Magnet and Springfield High School.
The nominees are:
Ponchatoula High School quarterback TJ Finley, who has played football for the Green Wave for three years, is a leader on and off the field, according to Brett Vampran, assistant football coach at Ponchatoula High School. In the Green Wave’s game against the Mandeville High School Skippers this season, Finley completed five touchdowns for 479 yards. “TJ encourages his teammates to always be on time for practice and strive to be the best citizens they can be,” asserts Vampran. With a 3.75 GPA, Finley is set to graduate from high school this December and start classes at Louisiana State University in January 2020.
With a 4.0 GPA, Ponchatoula High School Junior Ryan Elzy has played basketball for the Green Wave for three years. As a guard, Elzy has had no shortage of success when it comes to scoring. He averages 16 points and 7 rebounds per game and achieved the milestone of topping the 1,000-point-threshold for his high school career this season. He’s also earned Tangipahoa Parish All-Tournament Team and Newman Invitation Championship Most Valuable Player honors. Off the court, Elzy volunteers year-round with camps and activities for children.
Albany High School junior Rhett Wolfe has played football for the Hornets for three years. As a wide receiver and defensive back this season, he has completed six receptions and one interception. Last year, he earned All-District and All-Parish honors as a sophomore. Albany High School Head Football Coach Mike Janis shares that Wolfe, who is a 4.0 honor student, is highly regarded for his integrity and academic excellence.
Albany High School senior Caleb Puma has a 3.5 GPA and has played basketball for four years. As a guard, he averages 18 points per game. Albany High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Chris Carter notes that Puma shares his love of the game by offering lessons to younger players. “In his spare time, Caleb likes to mentor elementary and middle school student-athletes. He imparts the importance of hard work and a positive attitude to achieving their goals and becoming a role model to their peers,” Carter explains. Puma also participates in community outreach and fundraising activities through the Legacy Youth Group of his church, New Beginnings Outreach in Holden.
With a 3.65 GPA, senior student Sophie Domingue has played volleyball for four years at Hammond High Magnet School. This season, she is serving as captain of the Lady Tors varsity team and has netted 60 service aces, 252 kills, 282 assists, 252 digs and 9 blocks. Excelling as an outside hitter and setter, she earned First Team All-District honors this season and Honorable Mention All-District honors last season. She also belongs to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “Sophie is a hard-working student, who manages to maintain excellent grades while playing both volleyball and tennis,” affirms Amber Babin, head volleyball coach at Hammond High Magnet School. “She inspires younger players to put in extra gym time through her example. In four years, she’s never missed a single volleyball practice, game or event. This is a huge accomplishment considering how much time these players put in.”
Senior Madison Gill plays point guard for the Ponchatoula High School Lady Greenwave Basketball team and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Gill, who has played basketball for four years, averages 8.5 points, 4.3 screen-the-screener plays and 5.5 rebounds per game. In her senior season, Gill has earned the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Basketball Classic David F. Michel Jr. Scholarship Award and a full scholarship to play basketball at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. In past years, she received 2017-18 and 2018-19 Second Team All-District honors and 2016-17 Honorable Mention All-District honors. An active member of National Honor Society, Interact Club, Spanish Club and the Care Club, Gill also volunteers with Special Olympics Louisiana at the local and state level and with the Brittany Landaiche Memorial Foundation parking cars at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. She spends her summers as a counselor for Camp Kateri at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, also in Ponchatoula.
Springfield High School senior Tabby Lobell has a 4.04 GPA and has played volleyball for eight years. Her recent stats playing left side include 65 kills, 23 aces, 17 digs, 40 assists and 15 blocks. During her high school volleyball career, she has earned First Team All-District honors twice and was named Co-District Most Valuable Offensive Player. “Tabby is a leader on our campus,” notes Sara Short, volleyball coach at Springfield High School. “Her compassion for others, strong work ethic and involvement in numerous clubs and activities set an example for her peers and the standard for what it means at our school to be a student-athlete.” Lobell is an active member of the school’s Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Leadership Council and STEM Club.
Albany High School sophomore Abrielle Ochsner has cheered for the Hornets for two years. Albany High School Cheer Sponsor Deloy Duhon shares that Ochsner, who is a 4.2 honor student, is known for her kindness. On top of taking high school algebra, biology, English and human geography advanced placement and honors classes, she is a student of Southeastern Louisiana University’s dual enrollment program and is recognized on the President’s List. Ochsner is active in Beta Club and the Student Government Association, serving as sophomore representative.
To vote, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLAikNMB1JCcdLFU-g5GplPuicnIKEhSRWQy1WWoA-r2Wg2Q/viewform, and select your choice for male and female student-athlete of the year. You must submit your email address to vote, and all ballots must be cast before midnight July 9. For more information, go to https://www.northoaks.org/medical-services/sports-medicine/student-athlete-of-the-season/student-athlete-of-the-year/