Athlete of the Week: Mercedes Woodward, Trotwood-Madison High School

Name: Mercedes Woodward

School: Trotwood-Madison

Grade: Senior

Age: 17

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame/honors: Third-year varsity player at forward; scored career-high 29 points against West Carrrollton; earned GWOC honorable mention as a junior; honor roll student

Bet you didn’t know … I am funny

Words you live by: Faith

Toughest opponent: Tipp City

Biggest influence: My family

Game-day rituals: Listen to a lot of music

What’s on your bedroom walls? Honor roll certificates, autographs from WNBA players

When I’m bored I like to … clean up around the house

Favorite movie: Little Man

Person who would play you in a movie: Beyonce

Favorite TV show: SpongeBob

Favorite musical artist: Gucci Mane

I can’t live without: Food

I can live without: TV

Event you’d like to attend: Oklahoma City Thunder game

Favorite book: A Junie B. Jones book

Favorite home-cooked meal: Fried chicken

Favorite restaurant: Smokey Bones

Favorite smell: Fresh laundry

Favorite cereal: Froot Loops

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Nike

Vegetable you won’t eat: Peas

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Lisa Leslie

Whose mind would you like to read? Barack Obama

Place where you’d love to travel? Rio

Talent you’d like to have? Singing

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite athlete: Carmelo Anthony

Favorite team: New York Knicks

Favorite Olympic sport: Track and field

Something in the world I’d like to change: Racism

Favorite sports moment: When I hit the winning shot against Fairborn last year

Favorite junk food: Potato chips

Best thing about basketball: The team bonding

In 10 years, I hope to be … a physical therapist with an NBA team

Nominate an Athlete of the Week: Send an email to freelance writer Dave Lamb at Please include the athlete’s name, school, sport and a phone number or email address where we can reach that athlete. Please include Athlete of the Week in the subject line.

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