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Athlete of the Week: Claxton's Peel the real deal
Claxton's Michael Peel - photo by MIKE ANTHONY/staff

    For Claxton’s Michael Peel, a player of the year award was four years in the making. Peel entered his high school career as a lanky freshman with a good head for football. He was trusted to direct the Tigers’ running game from under center, but gradually proved himself to be an effective passer and broadened his role.
    This season, Peel’s arm was the key component in leading Claxton to its fourth consecutive winning season and getting the Tigers within a game of the state playoffs.
    “Michael is a special kid and a special talent,” said CHS coach Allen Cartwright. “He has worked hard to get better since before his freshman year and I’m not surprised that he’s gotten as good as he has.”
    Peel may have been the best quarterback around the area this season, but that is far from his only talent.
    Two weeks ago, Peel signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Georgia next season. Putting his strong right arm to use, Peel has dominated the competition in Region 3-A throughout his tenure at Claxton and will look to continue his pitching greatness at the next level.
    “I’m sure that he’ll succeed at whatever he tries,” said Cartwright. “A lot of people might not have the motivation to keep working when they get the kind of praise he has. But that’s not Michael. He’s going to outwork everyone and always give his best.”