Moorhouse is touching all bases Mr. Everything: At Cardinal Gibbons, Colin Moorhouse is on at least five varsity teams and finds time to be No. 1 in academics, too.

February 17, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Some student-athletes like school, but Colin Moorhouse loves his school. In fact, Moorhouse does everything but teach class at Cardinal Gibbons in southwest Baltimore.

Last year as a junior, Moorhouse played on six varsity teams and will play on at least five this year. His high school athletic participation is unprecedented in the metro area.

Moorhouse, who resides in Brooklyn Park, plays soccer, is the football team's punter/place-kicker, a point guard on the basketball team, a catcher/outfielder in baseball and the No. 2 man on the golf team. He suited up five times for the lacrosse team when it was short of players.

"Colin is an above-average athlete, not gifted, but somebody who works hard to be the best he can be," said Joe DiBlasi, an assistant coach in basketball and baseball who is the school's director of marketing.

DiBlasi has coached Moorhouse since eighth grade and says the senior has "a lot of savvy and moxie for a teen-ager who loves responsibility and the chance to help his school any way he can."

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Moorhouse's contributions are not just token appearances. Moorhouse started at halfback for three years on the soccer team and was 5-for-5 in extra-point kicks for the football team last fall.

Moorhouse was also Gibbons' representative at the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Dinner this year.

He is the sixth man on the No. 9-ranked basketball team (18-9), averaging 3.7 assists a game off the bench, and he holds the school record for most three-pointers (seven against St. Frances last season) in a game.

"Colin is a great floor general, like having a third bench coach," said DiBlasi. "He sees things we sometimes don't see as coaches."

When the lacrosse team needed him last spring, Moorhouse stepped in at midfield and assisted on a couple goals.

Moorhouse has a 10 handicap in golf and will be the Crusaders' No. 1 seed and captain this spring. He also plays at Bay Hills in Arnold and has drawn interest from St. Mary's College, Randolph Macon, Washington College, Johns Hopkins and Loyola.

Grades are no problem either. He has perfect attendance, is ranked No. 1 in his senior class with a 4.0 grade-point average and scored 1,230 on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

A member of the National Honor Society, Moorhouse is president of the Student Council, yearbook editor and member of the Crusaders' "It's Academic" team.

"I enjoy getting involved because I like Gibbons so much," said Moorhouse. "It's a small school where everyone gets to know each other and the teacher-student relationship is great."

So is Colin's relationship with his father, Gibbons basketball coach Bryan Moorhouse, a former standout basketball and baseball player at Gibbons and Loyola College.

Bryan Moorhouse is also a general counsel for the Maryland Public Service Commission.

"Obviously we are very close, but I have to be aware that he's my son who is one of the players," said Bryan, who also has sons Neal and Michael at Gibbons as a freshman and eighth-grader, respectively.

"Colin has helped make things easy because his best quality is his ability to understand the game. He's in our first seven and knows his role."

Moorhouse said coaching his son from age 8 and up in the Greater Glen Burnie program helped establish their rapport. The coach never pushed Colin to play and says his son's school involvement "never came from me; he initiated it himself because he's a really thoughtful kid."

Colin's interest in small colleges is understandable because as his father said, "A small college would allow him to stay active and involved. But he will miss Gibbons because he really cares about the school."

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