By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Centennial’s Collin Crawford (#78 at right) looks to lead the blocking for a Cougar running back. Crawford went from never having played football to a starter at Centennial while maintaining a 3.6 GPA. Becky Williams
|Anisa Moore serves for the BGA Wildcats during volleyball season. The senior finished with over 1,000 kills at BGA in just three years and was the district MVP this past season. Submitted
Anisa Moore, a stalwart of the Battle Ground Academy volleyball team, and Colin Crawford, an offensive lineman for the Centennial Cougars, have been named the John Maher Builders Scholar-Athletes of the Month.
Anisa Moore has learned to roll with changes, embrace challenges and demand excellence from her performance—no matter what the state.
The Battle Ground Academy senior came home last year after a two-year hiatus in Kansas, where accolades and success were common.
After playing volleyball for the Wildcats her eighth-grade year, Moore transferred to Bishop Miege High School in Kansas City. She earned the starting spot as a middle hitter her freshman and sophomore years when Bishop Miege won the Kansas Class 5A State Championship.
Her sophomore year she added a third state championship to her total as a member of the state title 4x400-relay team.
“Anisa is a very well rounded student athlete,” said volleyball Katie Sundstrom in her nomination. “She puts her studies first and works very hard during practice and matches.
“Anisa sets forth plans for success and implements her plans with her strong work ethic, even while juggling her commitments to the team and her extra-curricular activities.”
Moore, who carries a 3.605-gpa and plans to seek a career as a pharmacist, has volunteered over 100 hours already this year as a mentor to students at New Hope Academy. In addition, she is a Peer Leader at BGA, the SAP Social Committee Co-Chair, an FCA group leader and a member of the National Honor Society.
When Collin Crawford was a freshman entering Centennial High School he decided he wanted to play football, a sport he had never tried before. Walking into one of the top classes in football in the state to start a career has never been a recipe for success.
“He was certainly way behind athletically and mentally,” said his head coach, Brian Rector. “I remember thinking early on there was a very slim shot that he would ever play varsity football just due to the limitations I saw at the time as his coach.
“Collin proved me wrong.”
Crawford, a 6-3, 260 pound offensive tackle, can make quite an impression on the youngsters he mentors while coaching baseball and football in local youth leagues. He stays active, too, in his church, working with youngsters in that setting.
Crawford hasn’t settled on where he wants to continue his playing career, but with a stiff academic load and 3.6-gpa, he will have many teams to choose from.
“In coaching one of the great things that we are so lucky to be a part of is the growth and development of young people. Colin showed up and worked every single day, getting better little by little over the years and he transformed himself into a confident, strong and hardworking young man,” wrote Rector.
“Collin Crawford is living proof that if you put your mind to it and work hard every day you can accomplish great things.”
Posted on: 12/19/2013