VanArragon Repeats as MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Thursday, May 5, 2022
VanArragon Repeats as MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

In news that surprises no one, Valparaiso University men’s golf junior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year as the league office announced its scholar-athlete team on Thursday.

This marks the second straight season that VanArragon has obtained MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year status. VanArragon also won the MVC Elite 17 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA among top finishers at the league championship, for a second straight season.

VanArragon, who was also featured in the weekly MVC Scholar-Athlete spotlight on Thursday, headlines the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, while sophomore Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) has earned MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention recognition.

VanArragon’s status as the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year comes as no surprise due to his academic and athletic excellence. A three-time All-MVC performer, he owns a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average as a biology and statistics double major. A 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large choice in District 5, VanArragon owns the three best single-season scoring averages in program history including a program-record 71.35 this season while achieving par or better in 20 of his 34 rounds.

VanArragon’s season scoring average from this year ranked fifth in the MVC record book (since 2003). He owns a career scoring average of 72.04 that sits atop the Valpo program record book. The junior boasted nine top-5 finishes in his 13 tournaments this season and earned individual medalist honors in a 41-player field at the Dove Mountain Intercollegiate (Feb. 28 – March 1). He also tied for first at the Spirit Hollow Fall Shootout and had three runner-up finishes, all in fields of more than 65 golfers.

The six-time MVC Golfer of the Week this season has won 11 MVC Golfer of the Week awards in his career, becoming just the fifth player in conference history to win 11 career MVC weekly golf honors.

Away from the course, the dean’s list honoree has served as a biology lab aide, helping his biology professor make zoom recordings of his class for students and completing general lab work. He has also served as a stats teaching assistant and works with two biology professors on biology research projects. VanArragon is also a math/stats tutor, a Valpo LuMin volunteer and ran over 20 junior golf tournaments throughout the state of Minnesota for the Minnesota Junior PGA in summers 2020 and 2021.

Bonn, who owns a 3.74 cumulative GPA in mechanical engineering, finished the season with a 76.28 scoring average over 25 rounds. The sophomore carded a 213 (-3) at the Valpo Fall Invitational, finishing third in a 73-player field. Through two seasons, he holds a career scoring average of 76.13 that ranks tied for eighth in modern program history.


Tom Cleaton, Southern Illinois

Devin Johnson, Loyola

Max Kreikemeier, Missouri State

Tim Lim, Drake

Alex Locke, Missouri State

Griffin Parker, UNI

Nick Pittman, Drake

Caleb VanArragon, Valparaiso

Felix van Dijk, Illinois Sate

Markus Wilhelmsen, Southern Illinois


Mason Bonn, Valparaiso

Aaeri Krishnan, Bradley

John Stillman, Bradley

Justin Wingerter, Southern Illinois