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Traber going to next level

By Anthony Rhoads

During her time at Jonesboro, Amanda Traber has helped take the Lady Cardinals to new heights.

A four-year starter on the soccer team, Traber has helped lead the Lady Cardinals to three straight state playoff appearances. While her high school career is nearly over, she will continue to play at the next level as she signed a scholarship to play at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

"I think it's great," Jonesboro head coach Matt Trucks said. "She has been the catalyst for the team for the last four years and I hope she does the same at Georgia College for the next four years."

In the past, Traber has been Jonesboro's primary goal scorer but she has directed the offense and has helped her teammates score.

"It gives us an added dimension to our offense," Trucks said. "It's like the MasterCard commercial; it's priceless."

This year, Traber has shown her versatility as she has played at every position on the field and even recorded a save while getting some playing time at goalkeeper.

"I feel confident putting her in any position on the field," Trucks said.

In addition to her skills on the soccer field, she also was a key player for the Lady Cardinals' volleyball team, helping guide the team to two straight undefeated regular seasons.

While 2005 has been a successful soccer campaign, it has been a year of transition for Traber. This year marked the first season she hasn't played with her older sister Valerie. For 13 years, the girls played together at every level from recreation leagues to high school.

"It's really different," Amanda said. "She's always been a player I can rely on."

Soccer runs in the Traber family as her brother Kenny also plays at Jonesboro.

"I'm really proud of my sister and I'm glad she has this opporunity," Kenny said.

Traber has defintitely stood out on the soccer field but she's also a solid student who is involved in several other activities. She's the senior class president, is a member of the Beta Club and is active in youth programs at the Jonesboro United Methodist Church.

For the past five years, she has traveled to Costa Rica on missions to help build churches and conduct Bible studies.

"She's a great individual," Trucks said. "You can't help but like her personality. Everyday she has a smile on her face. It's a pleasure to be her teacher and coach. She's obviously a great player and a great student but she's a great person."

Traber plans on majoring in education.

When she joins the Georgia College soccer team, she will be teammates with another girl from the Southern Crescent. Hayley Ferrell, a senior at Eagle's Landing High School, has also signed a soccer scholarship to Georgia College.