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UW-Whitewater’s VanDonslear named Men’s Tennis Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete

UW-Whitewater’s VanDonslear named Men’s Tennis Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete




Men’s tennis






MADISON, Wis.–Luke VanDonslear of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been named the recipient of the 2024 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Men’s Tennis Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete Award.


VanDonslear, a senior from Marion, Iowa (Linn Mar), has a 3.72 grade point average and is majoring in human performance with a minor in strength and conditioning. During the 2022-2023 academic year, he was recognized as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete and secured a spot on the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. VanDonslear has been recognized as a UW-Whitewater Chancellor Scholar-Athlete and received an Academic Achievement Award. He spent his first two years at Northern Illinois University.


This season he served as team captain, was named WIAC Kwik Trip Player of the Year and helped the Warhawks secure the WIAC Championship. VanDonslear earned ITA All-America honors in 2023, along with New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference honors in singles and doubles.


VanDonslear has volunteered with Fairhaven Senior Services and a local tennis club.


Bobby Ciarletta of Ramapo College was also nominated for this year’s scholar-athlete award.


The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named in honor of Max Sparger, who served as commissioner of the Wisconsin State University Conference for 22 years from 1971 to 1993. He oversaw the conference’s transition from NAIA to full NCAA membership. Sparger arrived at UW-Stout in 1959 and served the institution in various capacities, including assistant football and basketball coach, head wrestling coach and head football coach. He was UW-Stout athletic director from 1969 to 1971 and was inducted into the WIAC Hall of Fame in 2012.


To be nominated for scholar-athlete honors, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.50 grade point average. In addition, he must be in his final year of competition, or on track to graduate this academic year, and have competed for at least two years. The award is based on academic achievement, athletic achievement and involvement in other campus activities, organizations and community service projects.

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