Notebook: Eastern Shore Hawk Classic

by Rod Williamson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt bowling team concludes the fall portion of its 2019-20 schedule this weekend in Delaware at Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Hawk Classic, played Friday through Sunday at the Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Delaware.

A standard format starting with five, 5-Game Bakers will begin at 9 a.m. CT Friday. The five team games are scheduled to begin at 9:05 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday’s bracket of Baker games are at 7:30 a.m. CT.

Here is more information on the event:

Competing teams (18): Arkansas State, Caldwell, Delaware State, Duquesne, Fairleigh Dickinson, Kutztown, LIU-Brooklyn, Lincoln Memorial, UMES, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T, Sacred Heart, Sam Houston, Saint Francis (NY), Saint Francis (Pa), Tulane, Vanderbilt and Youngstown State.

About the tournament: Vanderbilt has won 34 tournaments in its history and six have come at this event. The Commodores are the defending tournament champions and, at one point in time, Vanderbilt had won the Hawk Classic five times in six years.

Following the tournament: Vanderbilt will livestream its matches on its YouTube channel and provide updates during the day on Twitter.

It’s more than bowling at Vandy: Vanderbilt head coach John Williamson has always tried to take his team on an interesting and educational side trip at or near the competition site. The Commodores will fly into Washington D.C. on Thursday and get a tour of Arlington National Cemetery, then watch the solemn Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before driving to Millsboro for a late afternoon practice.

Examples of other educational opportunities on visits include Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, The Texas Book Depository, Gettysburg, The 911 Memorial and Museum, Manhattan and Central Park, the Motown industry in Hitsville USA and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Last week, with a long wait for its return flight back from Wisconsin, the team spent time enjoying Lake Michigan which some team members had not seen before.

Last time out: Vanderbilt had to settle for a fifth-place finish at Stephen F. Austin’s Ladyjack Hammer Classic after spending much of the tournament’s first two days atop the standings. Maria Bulanova was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after setting school records with her 243.80 average and sixth tourney victory.