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BEAT THE CHAMPS: Johnson, Malott look to be on target

(L R) Liz JohnsJan Schmidt DiandrAsbaty Wes Malott chcamerbefore start BeChamps bowling match. | JCunningham/For Sun-Times Media

(L to R) Liz Johnson, Jan Schmidt, Diandra Asbaty, and Wes Malott chat on camera before the start of the Beat the Champs bowling match. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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More than the broadcast pairing of Jan Schmidt and Diandra Asbaty will be new with the airing Wednesday of the target scores for the 53rd Beat the Champions from Suburbanite Bowl in Westmont.

Dave Lockhart of LinksVideo.net, a familiar name in Chicago sports broadcasting, will produce the target show for the first time. He will be going for ‘‘better graphics, a better look . . . more polished. That’s what I am hoping for.’’

And he gets that, at its core, the target show is a ‘‘nice, personal’’ program.

‘‘It is something we are going to have fun with,’’ said Lockhart, who is best known for ‘‘Chicago District Golfer TV’’ and ‘‘Chicago Huddle.’’

The show will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet, with reigning U.S. Open champions Liz Johnson and Wes Malott setting the women’s and men’s target scores. Johnson will be making her third BTC appearance and Malott his first.

The broadcast will feature a veteran in Schmidt, who is closing in on 20 years as the play-by-play announcer, and a rookie in Asbaty, who will provide the color commentary. But even though she is a BTC rookie, Asbaty has plenty of media experience.

The central experience of BTC is charity. In the first 52 years the Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association and the Sun-Times co-sponsored BTC, 5,681,134 entries raised $2,776,374.70 for charity.

The top prize remains a car. The men’s and women’s champions, who will be crowned in March, will win a new car from the Chicagoland Ford Dealers.



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