WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Quaker Bowl will stay in Wilmington for the second consecutive year. Wilmington College defeated Earlham College 6-4 in varsity sports in during the 2018-19 academic year to earn the second Quaker Bowl victory since the trophy became a year-long competition between the two Quakers institutions.
Originally, the Quaker Bowl was awarded to the winner of the most recent football or men's basketball game. With the re-creation, the Quaker Bowl spans the entire athletic year and over all contested sports. A victory in a sport will earn the winning institution a point, and the school with the most points at the end of the year will have possession of the traveling trophy. In sports that the schools play multiple times, the institution that wins the series claims the point. If there is a tie, the schools split the point. Each sport can yield the winning institution no more than one point regardless of how many competitions occur within that athletic year.
Earlham took a 2-0 lead by winning a cross country dual meet in Richmond, Indiana, on Aug. 31 as the women in Maroon won 16-40 and the men 26-31. Wilmington countered with a 49-7 blowout victory in the season-opening football game at Darrell Beane Stadium. The Hustlin' Quakers took the volleyball matchup in four sets (25-6, 20-25, 25-14, 25-9) to earn their third point in the year-long competition, but the Fightin' Quakers won both men's and women's soccer matchups 4-0 on Sept. 19 to level the score 3-3 after the fall sports season.
The winter sports season seemed to be the difference as Wilmington won both games of a basketball doubleheader played at Schuckman Court on Nov. The Green and White won the women's game 71-57 and came out victorious in the men's contest 85-77. The spring season yielded just two head-to-head contests with Earlham sweeping the baseball series 3-0 and Wilmington winning a men's lacrosse contest 14-8.
"We're excited to win the Quaker Bowl this year, but happier that this rivalry between two Quaker schools has reignited," Vice President for Athletic Administration/Director of Athletics Terry Rupert said. " We look forward to continued great competition with Earlham in the future."
Year three of the rivalry will begin in the fall of 2019.