Au Gres-Sims, Mich. — The Michigan High School Coaches Association awarded Au Gres-Sims senior Caden Zeien as the Division 4 Male Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year, also known as the Rich Tompkins Multi-Sport Award. Zeien played football, basketball and baseball all four years of high school.
“You dream about being one of the best athletes in any sport, any league,” said Zeien. “For something like this to come true is amazing and I thank my teammates and my dad for being there every step of the way.”
The honor was first awarded in 2015. The only other athlete from Northeast Michigan to receive the award was Oscoda’s Grant Huebel in 2018.
“It was pretty emotional,” said Caden’s father and football coach Chad Zeien. “I really didn’t think I would cry and get a little bit choked up, and I think it was finally that realization that it’s kind of done and it’s over. It was tough, but very proud and very happy.”
Zeien will study to earn a degree in nursing at Alma College where he signed to play football as a QB or LB.
Football Honors (Senior – 5’8″, 200 lbs.):
Led team the last two years to undefeated regular seasons.
Four-year varsity starter.
Honorable Mention All-State as sophomore and junior in 11-man football
4-year first-team All-Conference QB
3-year first-team All-Conference DB 1-year second-team All-Conference LB
Midwest Conference – (East) Offensive MVP
Bay City Times Class D Offensive Player of the Year
WBKB 8-Man Player of the Year
Senior Football Season Stats:
QB – 118 for 193, 61%, 2,125 yards, 35 TD, 4 Int.
RB – 116 rushes for 717, 10 TD
OLB/DB – 18 solos, 41 assists, 1 fumble recovery, 4 sacks
Career Football Stats:
QB – 548/941, 58%, 8,031 yards, 107 TD, 25 Int.
RB – 446 rushes for 1,720 yards, 28 TD
Senior Basketball Season Stats:
196 PTS, 10.3 AVG. per game
22 for 35 at 62% from the free-throw line