Even though it has been 25 years since she graduated from Butte Central, Kellie Johnson-Mead is still widely known by her initials.

Those initials, KJ, immediately make you think of greatness. KJ was a superstar in basketball, volleyball and softball for Butte Central. She pitched (and hit) the Maroons to the 1997 Class A State title. Her team likely would have won the 1996 title, too, if the state tournament had not been rained out.

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KJ followed her hoop dreams to Illinois State, where she started on the hardwood for three seasons before an ankle injury forced her to retire.

Today, KJ still symbolizes greatness. Johnson, who was born in Anaconda and lived in Whitehall before moving to the Mining City, works at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. She is a human performance advisor for special operations.

Listen in as KJ discusses playing for Coach Meg Murphy, putting up 42 points on Whitehall, taking on the Copperheads and Bulldogs, playing Babe Ruth Baseball, beating up on her younger brother Rob and much, much more.