December 12, 2008
By John Philip Wyllie
The Bonita Vista Barons Girls Basketball Team may find it hard to come up with an encore to last year’s magical season. The Barons shredded their Mesa League competition, glided through the CIF playoffs and made it all the way to the Cox Arena where they were edged by Poway in the CIF championship game. The stars of last season have moved on to the college. Three of them have made their respective college rosters. In their place is a young, but athletic team led by senior center, Ana Christina Von Husen.
“Ana has been in our program since her freshman year and playing basketball since she was eight years old. She has been a great asset to our program. This is Ana’s year,” said coach, Wayne Wooten.
Wooten will look to Von Husen for on the court leadership. With so many young players he expects this season to be a challenging one. In addition to losing all five of last year’s starters, the Baron’s bench was also decimated. To make matters worse, a Mesa League realignment adds seventh- ranked Mater Dei to a mix that already includes fourth-ranked Eastlake. Helping her team to become competitive might be a pretty tall order, but Von Husen likes challenges.
“Von Husen has court savvy. She is able to think about three steps ahead. She is also a good passer and a good shooter,” Wooten said.
Von Husen’s parents hail from Panama and she has spent enough time there to become fluent in Spanish.
“My great-grandmother was an ambassador for Panama in San Francisco. I lived in Panama for around three years and we often go back in the summer. I love it there. It is so beautiful.”
Von Husen enjoys playing volleyball and swimming for fun. When she isn’t on a court or in the pool you will probably find her studying.
“I enjoy going to school and I don’t like to miss it. My mom is a librarian, so I probably get (a zest for learning) from her. I especially love math,” Von Husen said. Her 4.0 G.P.A. indicates that she is equally strong in her other subjects.
“Next year, I am hoping to attend UCSD and I want to try out for their basketball team. I love to play, so even if I don’t make their college team I will still play somewhere.”