The final horn sounded on the Ardrey Kell High School career of Steven Santa Ana inside the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill at the end of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A State Championship. In spite of a state record 44 points scored in the championship game by Steven, the Knights came up just short in their pursuit of a state title. With the game’s end just minutes in the rear view mirror, Steven and his head coach, Mike Craft stepped inside the media center to discuss the game. After a few standard questions Steven was provided the opportunity to reflect on his prep career. He spoke of the impact of his coach, his own never give up attitude and the memories that he will carry for the rest of his life. Steven Santa Ana has many of those to carry, he left behind a legacy of high school excellence for other to follow.

The son of Steve and Kathy Santa Ana has always been an exciting basketball player. He was the one that was always chosen by his coach, even at an early age, to take the big shot, to guard the other team’s best player and to set and example for others to follow.

Steven leaves Ardrey Kell with his name scattered all across the record book. As a four year varsity player, Steven tallied a high total of wins, points, assists, rebounds, charges and more. Everyone on the court and in the crowd knew that Steven Santa Ana hated to lose and would always give 100% effort for his team to prevent a loss from happening.

Given the opportunity to look back on his career, Steven had no real desire to change anything.

“There’s not much I would do different. I have had an amazing time and have loved every second of it. Looking back you always think you can do more and work harder so if I could go back I would work even harder than I did.”

Steven began to hear from college coaches early on in his career. He was very smart and methodical in looking for the best fit for his game and for his academics. In the end, all signs pointed to Elon University for Steven. I felt like Elon was a good fit for me because they have the same sort of system that I have run at Ardrey Kell . I really enjoyed my visit to see the school and program. The coaches were great and I really feel like I connected well with them and I believe they can help me succeed. The guys were great and felt like home as soon as I got there.”

Steven believes he can be a real asset for the program.

“ I think I will be able to be a strong competitor that fights hard and does all the dirty work. I will also be able to be a knock down shooter who can help get points on the board.”

The hard work continues for Steven to prepare for next season. He works each day to get bigger and stronger. Steven is working hard to refine his shot and make it better as well as working on his ball handling in an effort to elevate his game.

Steven has also carried the desire to succeed in the classroom. He has never let basketball get in the way of being a strong student. Steven carries a 3.5 grade point average and has been on the Honor Roll every semester of high school. At Elon, Steven plans to double major in business and communications and then proceed to graduate school for his Master’s in Business.

The basketball superstar also enjoys giving back to the game by working with younger players.

“I have always had a love for the game and it’s fun trying to show these kids how to play the game right and have fun with it. It is also a great opportunity for me to see the game in a new perspective and learn more and continue to expand my knowledge of basketball.”
Steven Santa Ana is a true student of the game. His heart, effort and abilities will be remembered in South Charlotte for quite a long time. A player as well-rounded as Steven does not come around that often. The South Charlotte Sports Report wants to send out our congratulations and best wishes for future success to our friend Steven Santa Ana. It has been very exciting watching him give every ounce of effort on the court over the last decade and we know he will become a huge success as he continues his climb up the basketball ladder.