Hillcrest High senior Ki-jana Madden is a jack-of-all-trades athletically.
In an age when specialization is common, especially at the Class AAAA level, Madden is a three-sport athlete.
Two weeks ago, Madden was celebrating a 6-1 victory with his Greenville County teammates in the championship game of the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley.
“It was great being a part of something like that,” Madden said. “It made me feel good inside to win the championship. I had so much fun.”
The Big League championship game was televised on ESPN2. However, Madden is used to bright lights.
Madden was a guard on the Hillcrest basketball team that advanced to the Class AAAA Upper State Championship game at the Bi-lo Center in February.
Three days after Greenville’s World Series victory, Madden was hard at work again, this time in his helmet and shoulder pads.
“It was a little bit difficult transitioning to football,” Madden said. “I got back in the weight room, and I was a little weak.”
Madden was moved from quarterback to wide receiver in the offseason. He said that his experiences at quarterback will help him at wide receiver.
“At quarterback, you have to know every route, along with what the line is doing and what the running backs are doing,” he said.
Madden, who also will play safety on defense, has honed his time-management skills over the years.
“I try to fit everything in the best that I can,” he said. “I’ve been playing three sports since I’ve been little.
“Going into my senior season of football, I know that this will be my last year of playing football. I love being out here with my teammates. They are like my family, and we have been through a lot together.”