(Photos l.-r. - Tinesha Banks was on form with her 264 closing game; Helen Gradowski and Stephanie Jakubiak are interviewed by the Sun-Times' Dale Bowman; Melissa Blanchard (facing camera) ponders her fate while showing lane courtesy to Carolyn Budz)
(Photos l.-r. - Sharon House (foreground) and Sandra Dekoj check out the lane pattern; Patrice Turner bowled consistently all day; Jackie Ybarra appreciated a spectator's support; Roberta Hall takes aim)
Click here to download Dale Bowman's March 10, 2013 preview of the women's finals in the Chicago Sun-Times; here for his March 11 story on the championship round, and here for the "In Brief" notes that accompanied the March 11 feature.
LANE DEMOLISHES PINS AND COMPETITION;
(Photos l.-r. - Kyle Lane receives the key to his new Ford Focus from Skyway Bowl owners Brunetta Hill-Corby and Johnnie Hill; Dwight McKinley Jr. displays his award from Sectionals; Travis Mitchell contemplates what might have been; Jon Sabadosa, J.D. Mich and Jim Reitz size up the lanes)
(Photos l.-r. - Scott Bozzi moves to the foul line; Henry Ausley takes aim; Dwight McKinley Jr. yields lane courtesy to Don Purcell; Ebonite's Shawn Morris and ISBPA's Lydia Rypcinski pose with Craig Pasch, who tied for 21st, and his children Connor and Alyssa; photo courtesy of Pasch Family)
Click here to download Dale Bowman's March 3, 2013 preview of the men's finals in the Chicago Sun-Times; here for his March 4 story on the championship round, and here for the "In Brief" notes that accompanied the March 4 feature.
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The 32 men's and women's 'Champs' finalists for 2013, along with the centers from which they qualified and their winning scores at Sectionals, included:
|CHICAGOLAND SECTION 1||CHICAGOLAND SECTION 1|
|Eric Halvorsen, River Rand Bowl - 729||Amy Jakubiak, Classic Bowl - 749|
|Gary Wade, Classic Bowl - 710||Helen Gradowski, BZ-Hawthorn, 725|
|Marty Nelson III, Lakes Bowl - 700||Laurel Larsen, Raymond's Bowl - 678|
|Dave Gustafson, Beverly Lanes - 697|
|CHICAGOLAND SECTION 2||CHICAGOLAND SECTION 2|
|Joshua Watters, Rolling Lanes - 742||Roberta Hall, Rolling Lanes - 702|
|Jon Sabadosa, Rolling Lanes - 716||Carrie Palumbo, Suburbanite Bowl - 690|
|Ryan Perotti, Stardust Bowl - 716||Jackie Ybarra, Town Hall Bowl - 683|
|Scott Bozzi, AMF Forest Lanes - 712||Jean Held, AMF Forest Lanes - 679|
|Mike Dlhy, Willowbrook Lanes, 701||Jo Ann Gilbert, Hillside Bowl - 679|
|Raymond Kabat Jr., Striker Lanes - 699||Stephanie Jakubiak, BZ-River Grove - 667|
|Mike Volsansky, Rolling Lanes - 697*|
|CHICAGOLAND SECTION 3||CHICAGOLAND SECTION 3|
|John Ellis, Diversey River Bowl - 694||Wanda Long, Skyway Lanes - 693|
|Clyde Outlaw, Skyway Lanes - 671||Nancy Guiden, Skyway Lanes - 655|
|Jim Van Geertruy, Lawn Lanes - 670||Sandra House, Halsted Bowl - 636|
|J.D. Mich, Habetler Bowl - 666||Lisa Gulick, Bluebird Lanes - 623|
|Eugene Enriquez, Diversey River Bowl - 649||Jen Laskov, Timber Lanes - 618|
|Patrice Turner, Irving Park Bowl - 621|
|CHICAGOLAND SECTION 4 / WILL COUNTY||CHICAGOLAND SECTION 4 / WILL COUNTY|
|Kevin Kullman, Orland Bowl - 856||Tinecha Banks, Dolton Bowl - 754|
|Dwight McKinley Jr., Burr Oak Bowl - 820||Edwana Rodgers, Castaways Bowl - 738|
|Jim Reitz, Pioneer Lanes - 793||Ronda S. Perry, Burr Oak Bowl - 729|
|Anthony Willoughby, Dolton Bowl - 782||Hanni Merritt, BZ-Homewood - 713|
|Travis Mitchell, Castaways Bowl - 776||Amy Lutchen, Oak Forest Bowl - 711|
|Chris Schuch, Orland Bowl - 759||Keesha D. Watts, BZ-Homewood - 701|
|Andre Jones, Oak Forest Bowl - 749||Melissa Blanchard, Castaways Bowl - 679|
|Craig Pasch, Peotone Bowl - 748||Carolyn Budz, El-Mar Bowl - 677|
|Kyle Loving, Dolton Bowl - 742||Sharon Bright, Dolton Bowl - 674|
|Henry Ausley, Castaways Bowl - 737||Pamela Allen, BZ-Homewood - 674|
|Rodney Carroll, Burr Oak Bowl - 729||Chris Kamplain, Tinley Park Bowl - 673|
|Don Purcell, Tinley Park Bowl - 729||Chardel Johnson, BZ-Homewood - 670|
|Jacqueline Nelson, Arena Lanes - 670|
|Armandia R. Collins, Dolton Bowl - 669|
|FOX VALLEY SECTION||FOX VALLEY SECTION|
|Kyle Lane, Lisle Lanes - 705||Sandra A. Dekoj, AMF Hoffman Lanes - 764|
|Alan Halik, Fox Bowl - 702||Stacy Royalty, Four Seasons Sports Center - 697|
|Andrew Cadie, Four Seasons Sports Center - 684||Barb Lehr, AMF Hoffman Lanes - 694|
|Dave Malesky, Fox Bowl - 671|
NOTE: Scores given above may reflect adjustments made as a result of average verification process and adjustments.
* Volsansky defeated Dave Norton, Willowbrook Lanes, in a one-game roll-off, 253 (215+38 hcp) to 202, after the two tied in series at 697-697.
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Click on the following links to read Dale Bowman's and Seth Gruen's tournament coverage as it appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times:
Click here to download the Sectional Roll-off and Finals schedules with squad times.
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Kelly Kulick sets second-highest women's target in history; pros earn $1,300 for charity
Thirteen seems to be a lucky number for Kelly Kulick.
But, unfortunately, not for the thousands of women bowlers who entered the 52nd Annual Chicago Sun-Times/BPA Beat The Champions Tournament in early December.
Kulick, who has won 13 medals in international competition, strung a 13-bagger while posting a 743 target score for the women during the Christmas Day target score broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Her games of 228-269-246 came on Lanes 13 and 14 at Lakewood Bowl in Richton Park. The 743 total was Kulick’s best in four tries, topping her previous high of 696 in 2010.
“By far, my best showcase ever, but I’m sorry for the ladies who have to shoot that score [to receive a “Champs” souvenir],” Kulick said later.
Chicagoland’s male bowlers fared much better as five-time U.S. Open champion Pete Weber, struggled to 626 on games of 210-215-201. It was his lowest tally in four tries.
“It wasn’t like I bowled bad to shoot 626,” said Weber, who was plagued with “flat-10 or ring-10” pocket hits most of the day. “I bowled really good to shoot 626. Sometimes that just happens.
Weber noted that his father, Hall of Famer Dick Weber, always used to tell him, “Keep hitting the pocket, eventually it will go down.”
“Well, I just proved that theory wrong,” Weber said good-naturedly.
“I would have loved to see Pete shoot 750 with me today, or even higher,” Kulick said. “This was just one of his awkward days, and he handled it well.”
Kulick’s 743 is the second-highest women’s target score in the tournament’s history. Tennelle (Grijalva) Milligan shot 225-257-276/758 in 2000.
“I didn’t know I was close to the all-time record; I really didn’t,” Kulick said. “I’m glad I didn’t know. In past years, I looked at this like any other event I competed in. I made it so serious.
“This time, I ‘let my hair down’ internally,” she continued. “I decided that if I had fun and enjoyed it, maybe the scores would come. And they did.
“I even had a ‘Varipapa 300’ today [12 strikes in a row over two games].”
Weber’s best effort, 771, came in 2007 and stands second all-time behind Robert Lawrence’s 248-268-299/815 in 1992.
The “Charity Strikes” feature of the telecast, in which sponsor Miller High Life donated $100 to the pros’ favorite charity every time they struck in the fifth and 10th frames, netted $800 for the Project PAUL Emergency Restoration Fund in Keansburg, N.J. (Kulick) and $500 for Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service in St. Charles, Mo. (Weber)
“Keansburg was demolished during [Hurricane] Sandy but overlooked on the news because of other more well-known towns,” said Kulick, who lives in Union, N.J.
“My family and I would spend Saturday nights down there – a little boardwalk with rides, arcade games and the best food you could sink your teeth into,” she said. “I think they could really use the funds.”
“[Sts. Joachim and Ann] helps the homeless, gets them food and shelter and pretty much anything they need,” said Weber, who lives in St. Ann, Mo. “I had five strikes for them today – probably should have had 10 – but that’s all right. Whatever I can get for them is fine with me.”
Chicagoland league bowlers who beat the pros’ scores during Champs Week (Dec. 2-8) will receive a Beat The Champions memento for their efforts. (Bowlers receive handicap pins based on 90% of a 210 average for their three-game series totals. Click here to download the Champs handicap chart.)
Bowlers whose totals were high for the center, or the highest in their leagues if every league member entered the contest, advance to the Sectional Roll-offs in February (see below). Sectional winners will vie for new Ford automobiles, donated by the Chicagoland Ford Dealers, which go to the men’s and women’s tournament champions in March.
The target score telecast will be rebroadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Friday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 29, at 5 p.m.
A total of 5,657,412 bowlers have entered “Champs” since the late Sun-Times bowling reporter Seymour “Sandy” Shub created the contest in 1961. The handicap tournament has generated $2,783,374.87 in net proceeds for charity in its first 51 years.
- Lydia Rypcinski, ISBPA News
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Click here to read Dale's Dec. 16 preview story in the Chicago Sun-Times featuring Kelly Kulick, here to read his Dec. 23 story featuring Pete Weber, and here to read his Dec. 25 story featuring guest color commentator Sean Rash.
Dale's Dec. 9 story on Carmen Salvino, who did the Champs color commentary for the final time Christmas Day, can be read here.
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Click here for the Chicago Sun-Times "Champs" advertisement with the complete list of participating centers.
Click here to download the Beat The Champions rules and league secretary instructions.
Click here to download a history of Champs target scores, including high games and series, rolled since Champs began in 1961-62.