Hammelman, McKinney roll on
Kim Hammelman nursed her way to the women’s title Sunday at the Section 2 Sectional of the 58th Beat the Champions at Rolling Lanes in Countryside.
Michael McKinney almost stayed home because of the weather. But thanks to encouragement from his wife, Darlene, and his teammates, McKinney not only showed up, but he won the men’s side with a score of 779.
Hammelman, a pediatric nurse, realized early on that her ball wasn’t working the way she wanted.
‘‘My ball wasn’t hooking very well, so I moved to the left and threw up the fiveboard,’’ said Hammelman, who advanced from Suburbanite Bowl in Westmont.
That adjustment worked to perfection. She finished her first game with nine consecutive strikes for a 247. Add in the 215 she had in her second game, the 235 she rolled in her third game and 62 pins of handicap, and Hammelman finished with a 759.
Tricia Shellstrom, who bowls out of Brunswick Zone Woodridge, was able to count her way to the finals. Shellstrom, a payroll manager, opened with a 221 and followed with a pair of 166s. With 170 pins of handicap, she finished second at 723.
The duo will be joined in the women’s finals March 10 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville by Teresa Duran, who was third at 718; Malika Manouzi and Norean Mitchell, who tied for fourth at 710; Heidi Rogers, who was sixth at 709; and Janis Jackson, who was seventh at 708.
On the men’s side, McKinney made the most of his decision to compete.
‘‘My wife told me to go in there and bowl like a champion,’’ said McKinney, who qualified from Hillside Bowl and had games of 215, 266 and 226 to go with 72 pins of handicap.
Luke Dusek made sure he had on his lucky shoes of 20 years. Dusek, who qualified from Stardust Lanes in Addison, had games of 268, 245 and 219 to go with 37 pins of handicap to finish second at 769.
They will be joined March 3 in the men’s finals at Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights by Chicago firefighter Mark Lapinski, who finished third at 760; Jarod Adair, who was fourth at 738; Kirk Myers, who was fifth at 731; Gary Fujii, who was sixth at 730; John Dudzik, who was seventh at 725; and Domingo Rodriguez, who was eighth at 723.