Ham­mel­man, McKin­ney roll on

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DICK QUAGLIANO For the Sun-Times

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.

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