HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (MAY 12TH THROUGH 18TH)
Toby Rens (pictured) returns as UMES Volleyball head coach
Toby Rens (pictured) returns as UMES Volleyball head coach

May 19, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball & golf wrap-up season, bowling & volleyball news, weekly results, and more, including The Art Shell Golf Classic and MEAC Commissioner’s Team.

First, we would like to congratulate all the UMES Class of 2014. We wish you the very best in your career of interest. Now, let’s get started:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (05/12), University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) received UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week, alongside Michael Veverka (golf), for his performance against Delaware State University (DSU) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Bull ended the regular-season batting .357 (5-of-14) with two runs, a RBI, and a walk in four games.

Two days later (05/14), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its 2014 MEAC All-Conference Team and Bull and Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) were recognized. Both student-athletes were named All-MEAC First Team.

Later that day (05/14), the squad fell to Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) in the MEAC Tournament First Round, 4-0. Freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) held his own against the MEAC Pitcher of the Year, Montana Durapau, as he went 7.2 innings.

The next day (05/15), the team concluded its 2014 season as they fell to North Carolina Central University (NCCU), 10-5. Four Hawks saw their collegiate careers come to an end: Bull; Campbell; Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.); and Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.).

BOWLING

Earlier this month, UMES bowling head coach Kayla Bandy was inducted into her alma mater’s Hall of Fame twice, University of Pikeville, as an individual and part of the 2008 National Championship Team.

"What an honor," said Bandy. "This is just awesome; I am so humbled and appreciative of this induction."

On April 17th, the Hawks wrapped up their season by finishing in fifth-place at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) ITC.

GOLF

On May 9-11, the golf team concluded its 2013-14 season as the Hawks placed ninth at the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Minority Championships at Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.) finished 17th , including a 78 on the final day.

On May 12, Veverka won UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, along with Stephen Bull (baseball), for his performance at the PGA Minority Collegiate Championships.

VOLLEYBALL

Last Monday (05/12), UMES announced Toby Rens as its new volleyball head coach. Rens returns to the program after nearly a decade away.

"Toby [Rens] is the coach we know," said UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "He is a hard worker, a student of the game and more importantly a high character individual. He knows what it takes to win here and we are thrilled to have him back."

Last season, the volleyball team finished 3-21 overall (2-10 MEAC).

GENERAL

THE ART SHELL GOLF CLASSIC

On June 11, UMES invites everyone to join us for the 2014 Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Classic & Junior Tournament. The tournament will be held at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, Md. On June 9-10, the Junior Workshops & Tournament will be held at UMES’ beautiful campus and Great Hope Golf Course.

For more information, please Click Here.

MEAC COMMISSIONER’S ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

On May 15, the conference announced its MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team and 66 UMES student-athletes were recognized. For the complete list, please Click Here.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.