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WILMINGTON — As announced in the News Journal sports section recently, the athletic departments of Wilmington College and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana are bringing back the annual Quaker Bowl series beginning this season.

The annual prize for winning the Friendly competition between Wilmington and Earlham will be the original traveling award — a bowl of walnut wood that was made on a lathe in 1963 in the former Industrial Education building at Wilmington College.

The bowl is thick. There are two or three layers of walnut wood, said Ralph McKee, who was a WC assistant professor of industrial education. He designed the bowl, and student Dale Jordan, Wilmington College Class of 1966, made it.

The bowl is fastened to a small walnut pedestal that bears a grooves design. On top is a big bowl, about 12 inches in diameter, McKee believes.

Etched metal plates were added to recall the victors.

The qualities of walnut wood include beauty and strength, according to Hunski Hardwoods’ website.

In this rebirth of an official rivalry between two Midwest colleges founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the series will span the entire athletic year and involve all contested sports, not just football and men’s basketball as the Quaker Bowl competition originally was conceived.

Winning a season series in a particular sport will earn the winning Quaker institution of higher learning one point, and the college with the most points at the end of the academic year will gain possession of the traveling trophy.

On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 2, the WC football season starts at home against Earlham.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

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Former Wilmington College professor of industrial education Ralph McKee, in this WC archival photograph, holds the Quaker Bowl he designed in the early 1960s that WC and Earlham College will once again vie for as a yearly prize to take back to campus. McKee continues to create wood art.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_McKee_QuakerBowl_p_f.jpgFormer Wilmington College professor of industrial education Ralph McKee, in this WC archival photograph, holds the Quaker Bowl he designed in the early 1960s that WC and Earlham College will once again vie for as a yearly prize to take back to campus. McKee continues to create wood art. Photo provided by Randy Sarvis

By Gary Huffenberger

ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com