Valparaiso University men’s golf sophomore Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) added another line to his list of accolades on Thursday as he was named the 2020-2021 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team for District 5.
VanArragon becomes the second Valpo golfer to earn that honor and first since Kyle Henning in 2013-2014. He was one of 15 men’s student-athletes named to the team from District 5, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. He was one of four men’s golf student-athletes from those states to garner the accolade and earned a place on the team while competing against student-athletes from the following men’s sports: golf, gymnastics, fencing, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
VanArragon, who owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average with a double major in biology and statistics, also earned the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, the MVC Elite 17 Award, All-MVC First Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team this season. In addition, VanArragon was the 2019-20 MVC Newcomer of the Year and earned All-MVC honors as a freshman.
A top-5 finisher in the 2021 MVC Championship, VanArragon owns the top two single-season scoring averages in Valpo’s program history at 72.57 in 2019-20 and 72.59 in 2020-21. He currently holds the best career scoring average in program history at 72.58 through two seasons. A four-time MVC Golfer of the Week, VanArragon finished as the medalist or individual runner-up in each of his final three tournaments prior to this year’s MVC Championship. The sophomore overcame a five-stroke deficit in the final round to win the Wright State Invitational, earning his first career individual medalist honor in an 87-player field at 210 (-3).
VanArragon finished second of 108 in the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate and second of 70 in the Butler Invitational. He produced five top-5 finishes, nine rounds of par or better and five sub-70 rounds including a career-best 68 on four occasions this season. A member of Christ College, Valpo’s Honors College, VanArragon graduated second in a class of 639 at Blaine High School with a GPA of 4.26. He has earned Valpo dean’s list honors every semester.
A member of Valpo LuMin, a Lutheran student organization centered around the four pillars of community, learning, reflection and service, VanArragon is also the biology club historian and a biology lab aide. He ran over 20 junior golf tournaments throughout the state of Minnesota for the Minnesota Junior PGA during the 2020 summer.
Members of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams will advance to the Academic All-America ballot.
NCAA DIVISION I – DISTRICT 5 (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Sport Name School Yr. GPA Major
Lacrosse Alex Akins University of Detroit Mercy Gr. 3.90/4.00 MBA
Wrestling Myles Amine University of Michigan Gr. 3.40/3.82 Business Admin.
Swimming Ben Bramley Purdue University Jr. 3.89 Finance
Swimming Andrew Capobianco Indiana University Jr. 3.75 Exercise Science
Ice Hockey Austin Kamer Michigan State University Sr. 4.00 Chemical Engineering
Wrestling Mason Kauffman Northern Illinois University Sr. 4.00 Kinesiology
Wrestling Max Lyon Purdue University Sr. 3.87 Industrial Management Ice Hockey Strauss Mann University of Michigan Jr. 3.91 Business
Tennis Jannik Opitz Western Michigan University Gr. 4.00/4.00 Applied Statistics
Golf James Piot Michigan State University Sr. 3.66 Finance
Tennis Boris Spanjaard DePaul University Gr. 3.61/4.00 Business
Ice Hockey Alex Steeves University of Notre Dame Jr. 3.92 Accounting
Golf Caleb VanArragon Valparaiso University So. 4.00 Biology / Statistics
Golf Joe Weiler Purdue University Sr. 3.85 Industrial Engineering
Golf Jared Wilson Kent State University Jr. 3.98 Computer Science