By DOUG DONNELLY
OTTAWA LAKE – Senior Cole Giesige will be honored before the first pitch of the Whiteford-Hudson baseball game Friday (May 13) as one of the four recipients from Michigan of the 2022 Rich Tompkins Multi-Sport Athlete Award.
The honor is given to one outstanding multi-sport athlete in each division across the state. Award nominees are evaluated based on their athletic achievements (both individual and team), scholarship, leadership, and service.
Cole has had a tremendous four-year athletic career as a Bobcat, earning accolades in three sports. He recently committed to playing baseball at Albion College.
Giesige scored 30 touchdowns last season on while compiling more than 2,000 all-purpose yards. He led the Bobcats in scoring, touchdowns, rushing, receiving, kickoff return yards and interception return yardage.
He tied a state record by returning an interception 100 yards for a score and tied a team record with two kickoff returns for touchdowns. He passed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing and was first team All-TCC at running back.
Giesige is a three-year starter on both sides of the ball for Whiteford.
He was all-state in baseball last year, hitting .287 with 33 hits at the plate. On the mound, he went 7-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 96 strikeouts in just 59.1 innings. He’s helped the Bobcats into first place in the TCC this year.
This past winter was his third year as a starter on the Bobcat basketball team and he earned All-Region honors for the second consecutive season. He finished his career with more than 530 points – putting him in among the top 50 scorers in school history.
Giesige is the second Whiteford athlete to win the Rich Tompkins Multi-Sport Athlete Award. Thomas Eitniear was a 2018 recipient. The only other Tri-County Conference athlete to win the honor other than Eitniear was Charlie Robertson of Sand Creek.