Ugly shoes, pretty game
If you’ve been to a Columbus Junction girls’ basketball game in the past four years or simply been out in Conesville around the basketball courts, you’ve undoubtedly seen Columbus Junction senior Martha Anaya. She makes herself hard to miss in several ways.
The first way is the neon headband and shoes that she wears during games. Columbus Junction head coach Kasey Keltner calls them the “ugliest shoes in the conference.” Another way that Anaya makes herself visible is with her play.
Anaya has finished her career at Columbus Junction second all-time on the Wildcats’ career assist list with 256, just 48 short of tieing the career record for Wildcat girls.
Anaya’s 104 assists in her senior season put her in ninth place in the state in Class 2A in that category.
She has verbally committed to play basketball at Iowa Central Community College. This winter she helped coach a sixth-grade girls’ team.
Anaya is visible off the court as well. On top of her basketball activities the bilingual (English and Spanish) Anaya also works a part-time job and plays soccer. In between those activities she still finds a way to spend time with her family.
Anaya says her grandparents emigrated from Mexico to the Conesville area about four decades ago and raised her mother, Maggie, there. Anaya’s grandparents and mother are still Conesville residents today. Anaya wants to study sociology in college.
Anaya may have the ugliest shoes in the conference. However, considering her talents, work ethic and the opportunities in front of her she also has one of brightest futures that a person her age could want.
For more about Anaya and to hear from Coach Keltner, check out the accompanying video “Ugly Shoes, pretty game” on The Washington Evening Journal’s Web site and Youtube account.