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AOTW: Nagel leading the Tiger attack

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   Travis Coles isn’t a flashy back by any means.
    Listed at 5-foot-9, 195 pounds, the Gamecocks count on this junior to pick up the tough yards and be the workhorse for the SCHS offense.
    Through three games this season, Coles is just nine yards away from 300 and has reached the end zone three times. He averages over five yards-per-carry.
    “In the Wing-T you got to have a good fullback and (Coles) gets it done in between the tackles,” said Screven coach Pat Collins. “He’s a little bit bigger than he was last year and he’s a whole lot stronger. He does a good job running the ball tackle-to-tackle.”
    Coles ran for over 100 yards as a sophomore and is on his way to another type year in ‘07. He rushed for 107 and two scores in the Gamecocks’ big road win over Burke County on Sept. 7.
    Coles and the rest of his teammates begin Region 3-AA play on Friday, travelling to Westside of Augusta for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Girls: Nagel leading Tigers attack
    Just how has junior Metter catcher Amy Nagel managed to lead her team in hitting during the 2007 season? Hard work, dedication, and a little bit more work.
    “At practice, I come up here and try to work hard,” said Nagel. “At night I come up here and work with my dad and just try to improve my game as much as I can.”
    Metter coach Don Mims agrees that Nagel’s work ethic has a huge impact on the Lady Tigers.
    “She’s working hard,” said Mims. “She comes out at night and hits, and it shows. She’s hit a couple of long balls. She hits lasers out there, she’s batting over .600, and she’s just a good team leader out there.”
    A leader on the defensive side of the ball as well, Nagel has been the varsity catcher all three years so far. She has accepted the leadership role and helps to motivate her teammates out on the field.
    “I try to keep the team up even if we’re down,” said Nagle. “I try to keep their spirits up and make sure everybody knows where the play is.”
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