For anybody who has followed Princeton High School athletics over the past few years, the name Meredith Wooten rings a bell.
The senior, who plays basketball, softball, and volleyball at Princeton, is a standout student-athlete, and her departure will leave a gaping hole for the Bulldogs next season.
However, her leadership skills have been valuable for the future of Princeton athletics, and for her efforts, she this week’s Brian Allen State Farm Insurance Female Athlete of the Week.
“I’ve been playing them all since I can remember,” Wooten said. “I’ve always wanted to play sports in high school.”
On the volleyball court, Wooten has racked up 1,118 assists, 190 digs, 125 aces and 51 kills dating back to her 2017 freshman year.
In three seasons, Wooten helped lead the Bulldogs to a 54-19 record. The Bulldogs advanced to the third round of the playoffs last season, and Bulldogs have not lost a Carolina 1A Conference game in two years.
“We’re just so blessed with talent at Princeton, especially in girls,” Wooten said.
However, Wooten’s favorite sport is basketball.
A wizard on the basketball court, Wooten can do it all, and she is the engine that makes the Bulldogs go.
During Wooten’s junior season, and with only two seniors on the roster, the Bulldogs finished with a 20-4 record overall record and won the Carolina 1A Conference for the second straight season.
Over the past two seasons, the Bulldogs on 23-2 in Carolina 1A Conference play. Wooten said she couldn’t wait to get back on the court.
“I’m happy that we’re able to have a season,” Wooten said. “I’m close to scoring 1,000 points, so I’d like to get there.”
Wooten has a knack for helping her teammates and putting them on her shoulders when necessary. Wooten said she likes the pressure of playing in big games and being forced to make the winning play.
Wooten plans on attending a community college and becoming a dental hygienist after college. She made plenty of memories playing sports in high school but being coached by her mother, Paula, is something she will sincerely treasure.
“I’ve grown up with her as my coach, and I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Wooten said.