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Cardinals' Addison hopes to cap historic season with state title

By Anthony Rhoads

Kenyari Addison is standing in the middle of history.

It has truly been a historic season for Jonesboro High School athletics and Addison witnessed first-hand one of the greatest all-around seasons at the school.

It started in the fall.

As the starting quarterback of the football team, Addison led the Cardinals to a 7-3 record and a berth to the state playoffs, a rarity at Jonesboro. In fact, when the Cardinals made it to the playoffs, it was just the fourth time since 1946 that the team made it to the postseason.

In the winter, Addison was a back-up player for the basketball team, which advanced all the way to the state championship game.

Now, the senior is on a third state-bound team this season as the baseball squad is closing out the spring with a trip to the playoffs.

Jonesboro will travel to Colquitt County Thursday for a best-of-three series to open the state playoffs.

"It just feels great," Addison said. "As a senior, you don't want to see the season end and you don't want to lose your last game. Most people only get to go to state in one sport but to go to state in three is a great feeling."

Addison has been on the varsity team for four years and has contributed each of those seasons. As a senior, he is one of the team's leaders, which is a role he has easily taken on.

"Kenyari Addison has been good to us all four years," Jonesboro head coach Don Corr said. "He's done an outstanding job and is a great leader. He plays the game hard and makes things happen."

Addison spent much of this season injured but late in the regular season, he was one of the catalysts that propelled the team into the post-season. Even though he has been a key contributor, he has remained a team player, deflecting attention away from himself.

"I just go out there and try to give 110 percent and lead the underclassmen," Addison said. "You don't want to have any regrets and look back and wish you had played harder or been more serious about that game."

On defense, Addison has played a few roles for the Cardinals this season. He has served as catcher and is currently starting at leftfield.

"It's like a team-first concept," Addison said. "I just want to do whatever I can to contribute to the team. The team comes first. It's actually kind of fun to play different positions."

The state baseball playoffs will be a closing chapter on his athletic career at Jonesboro but Addison looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead next year in college.

Addison will be going to Mars Hill College in North Carolina on a football scholarship and he might walk on to the baseball team next spring.

"It's never an easy thing to do when you start over and that's exactly what I'll be doing," Addison. "I'll be on the bottom chain and will have to work my way up again but I'm looking forward to the challenge."