GUADAGNO'S 'CHAMPS' VICTORY PUTS HER IN FOCUS
Wood Dale Bowl's Vicki Guadagno (shown above with Chicagoland BPA President Bill Habetler and her new 2014 Ford Focus automobile) withstood a closing surge by Linda Haynes of Castaways Bowl to win the 53rd Annual Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat The Champions women's finals March 2 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville. Guadagno edged Haynes 943-938 to win the auto, which was presented by Micaela Brown of the Sun-Times and Neal Snyder of Arlington Heights Ford, representing the Chicagoland Ford Dealers. For the complete story of Guadagno's road to victory and and the women's final standings, visit the "2014 Sun-Times/Beat The Champs" page. The men's finals take place Sunday, March 9, at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines, starting at noon. NEW: Visit our Facebook page - "Illinois State BPA" - to see the photo album from the competition.
'CHAMPS' SECTIONAL ROLL-OFFS CONCLUDE
Six bowlers from Chicagoland Section 1 (shown above, clockwise from top left: Graham Welch, Bryan Cabrera, Ryan Yanel, Joan Diana, Monica Sampra, Cheryl Bleich) are among the 32 men and 32 women who have qualified for the final round of the 53rd Annual Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat The Champions charity tournament. The women's finals will be held March 2 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville; the men travel to River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines March 9. A new Ford Focus, provided by the Chicagoland Ford Dealers, goes to the winner of each division. Visit the "2014 Sun-Times/Beat The Champs" page for the complete results from all Sectional competition and for links to Dale Bowman's continuing tournament coverage in the Sun-Times.
ISBPA PRESENTS $17,000 CHECK
TO WASHINGTON, ILL., FOR TORNADO RELIEF
ISBPA president Alan Nordman, Plaza Lanes (second from right in photo) presented Washington, Ill., Mayor Gary W. Manier with a check for $17,000 Sunday, Feb. 9, at Plaza Lanes, to be used for tornado relief in Washington. The money was raised through a series of "Prayers for Washington, IL" fundraising events held at ISBPA member centers throughout the state from November through January. The presentation occurred prior to the start of the final round of the Greater Peoria Bowling Association Tournament at Plaza Lanes. Click here to read the complete press release, and here to see WEEK-TV's video report on the presentation.
(Photo courtesy of Susan Wise)
LEWIS, McCOOL AMONG FIRST 'CHAMPS' SECTIONAL WINNERS
Taquita Lewis (shown above, left) and Sam McCool captured the top spots Feb. 9 at the Section 3 Roll-offs of the 53rd Annual Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat The Champions charity tournament, held at Chicago's Skyway Bowl. Sectional competition continues through Feb. 16. Visit the "2014 Sun-Times/Beat The Champs" page for the Feb. 8-9 Sectional results, and for links to Dale Bowman's continuing tournament coverage in the Sun-Times.
34th EDITION OF COORS LIGHT 'PINS OVER' UNDERWAY
AT PARTICIPATING ISBPA CENTERS
In-Center qualifying for the 34th Coors Light Pins Over Average Tournament began Sunday, Feb. 9, at participating ISBPA centers and continues through Saturday, Feb. 22. Like George Washington, whose birthday celebration coincides with the final day of preliminary qualifying, we cannot tell a lie: the men's and women's champions receive checks for $10,000 each. More details, plus links to the most recent POA results, can be found at the "2014 Coors Light Pins Over Average" page.
NOTRE DAME COLLEGE, WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
WIN 1st KEGEL/ISBPA MIDWEST COLLEGIATE CLASSIC
Click here for final team results
Click here for final individual standings
Notre Dame College and Wichita State University led wire-to-wire to capture the men's and women's varsity titles at the 1st Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate Classic, held Jan. 18-19 at Stardust Bowl in Addison, Ill. Notre Dame's varsity men held off a late charge from Wichita State University to win by nine pins, while the Lady Shockers defeated runner-up Grand View University by 438 pins. Each champion took home a $2,500 scholarship. The complete tournament wrap-up story and photos can be found here. Photos from the two-day competition are also available at the "Illinois State BPA" Facebook page.
ELK GROVE BOWL TEAM WINS 2014 'BAKER BLAST'
A quartet that bowls together in a league at Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village - Bobby Rogers Jr., Bob Rogers, Don Holmes and Mike Thomka (shown above, l-r) - captured the $5,000 first prize at the 2014 Miller Lite "Beer Frame Baker Blast" State Finals, held simultaneously at Wood Dale Bowl and Illinois Valley Super Bowl Jan. 11. The Elk Grove Bowl entry finished 10 cumulative pins away from its 196 target score over five Baker games. Click here to learn how they combined strategy and skill to defeat 28 other teams from across the state, as well as to download the final standings and prize payout for both regions.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Duff)
JOHNSON TOPS MALOTT 678-674 IN 'CHAMPS' TARGET SCORE SHOW
View the Dec. 25 broadcast here
Women's U.S. Open champion Liz Johnson rolled a 678 series in her third Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat The Champions Target Score Show appearance to edge U.S. Open king Wes Malott by four pins Christmas Day on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Malott closed with 279 to fashion a 674 three-game total. Visit the "Beat The Champs" page for details and photos from the contest, Sectional Roll-off calendar, and links to media coverage in the Chicago Sun-Times and www.rrsn.com. (More photos available on the ISBPA Facebook page, "Illinois State BPA").
YOUTH TOURNAMENTS UNDERWAY THROUGHOUT THE PRAIRIE STATE
Dates and host centers for ISBPA's regional and state youth tournament finals, along with downloadable calendars, can be found on the "Youth Tournament Calendar and Results" page. Several of the state finals move to the northern half of the state in 2014, including the Storm/Roto Grip Illinois BPA Youth Handicap Singles (Habetler Bowl, Chicago) and the Illinois State BPA Family Tournament (Fox Bowl, Wheaton). Regional roll-offs for the Community Twosome event begin March 8, and for the Youth Handicap Singles, March 15. Download the official 2014 ISBPA QubicaAMF International Family Tournament entry form at the link provided on this page.
ILUSBCY YOUTH OPEN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY FORMS
The 2014 Illinois State USBC Youth Open Team Championship Tournament finals will be held at ISBPA member center Stardust Bowl in Addison March 29-30, April 5-6 and April 12-13, 2014. Entries for the event close March 1. Visit our "Youth Tournament Calendar and Results" page to download the tournament entry packet that includes rules and entry forms. For additional information, contact the Illinois State USBC Youth organization via their Web site, http://ilusbcyouth.org.
2014 BOWL EXPO OFFERS ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO SAVE, MAKE $$$
Rebates, vouchers, sweepstakes, raffles, Trade Show bargains - all kinds of enticements await BPA members who register for the 2014 edition of BPAA's International Bowl Expo, to be held June 22-27 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. Each full registration pass ($349 for members, $549 for non-members if purchased before May 23, 2014) includes full admission to the general education seminars and workshops, a ticket to the Welcome Reception, Awards Luncheon, the Club Xpo wrap-up party, and VIP seating for the general session that President George W. Bush will address Wednesday, June 25. Special educational opportunities include a behind-the-scene look at how Disney World operates and a chance to interact with top hospitality experts from the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality. United Airlines is offering special discount airfares on its Orlando routes for this event. More information can be found in the online program here and at www.bowlexpo.com, which also offers online registration.
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