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Sean Rash sounds like fine replacement for Carmen Salvino

Sean Rash BeChampions target match Lakewood Bowl RichtPark Dec.11 2012. |  Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Sean Rash at the Beat the Champions target match at Lakewood Bowl in Richton Park, Dec.11, 2012. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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It was a Rash to judgment.

Sean Rash meshed so well in his Beat the Champions broadcast debut that he did an unexpectedly longer stint.

The plan was for Rash to sit in the second game with Jan Schmidt and Carmen Salvino on the television broadcast for Comcast SportsNet, then do the wrap-up interview with Pete Weber. Rash, who lives in suburban Montgomery with wife Sara, clicked so well that show producers made a call on the fly and miked Rash up for the final game, too.

Charity memories

Weber was born on the same day in the same hospital with Father John Brockland. ‘‘I bowled with him,’’ Weber said.

Weber is one of the all-time greats of pro bowling. Brockland is also a top bowler. Both are in the St. Louis USBC Bowling Hall of Fame.

While Brockland went into church service, he and Weber remained close enough that Weber’s charity became St. Joachim and Ann Care Service in St. Charles, Mo. The charity provides families with such basics as food and shelter.

The fifth and 10th frames in the BTC target show are for the pros’ charity of choice. Miller High Life gives $100 for each strike in those frames.

Weber raised $500 for St. Joachim and Ann Care Service, plus what Rash matched in the final game. Kelly Kulick raised $800 for Project PAUL Emergency Restoration Fund in Keansburg, N.J., which helps with relief from Superstorm Sandy.

Next up

Scores for the 52nd annual BTC are being tabulated by Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors staff. Advancing league bowlers will be notified soon on their sectionals in February. The finals are in March. The top prize is a new Ford automobile for the men and women’s champion.

Goodbye

Salvino, who had been analyst/color man to Schmidt for the last decade and a half, announced beforehand this would be his last show. He treated the audience to an impromptu farewell speech.



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