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Beat the Champs: Classic’s Graham Welch, Monica Sampra rock

Graham Welch Golf Il. is congratulated end one his rounds. BeChampions bowling sectional Beverly Lanes ArlingtHeights Il. Sat. February 15

Graham Welch, Golf, Il. is congratulated at the end of one of his rounds. Beat the Champions bowling sectional at the Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights, Il., Sat., February 15, 201. | Joseph Cyganowski-For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 15, 2014 10:23PM

It was classic Beat the Champions at Beverly Lanes.

Two bowlers from Classic Bowl topped the Section 1 sectional of the 53rd BTC on Saturday.

Graham Welch, who advanced from the Wednesday night league, rolled a 778, with 32 pins of handicap, to win the men’s side. Monica Sampra, who advanced from the Classic Thursday Night Ladies, won the women’s side with a 735, which included 118 pins of handicap.

Three men and three women advanced to their respective finals, where the top prize is a new automobile from the Chicagoland Ford Dealers.

‘‘I was very nervous,’’ said Sampra, who lives in Niles. ‘‘I couldn’t get my ball to curve. I brought out my 10-pin ball, which doesn’t curve as much, and I was able to have more control.’’

Welch, a marketer from Golf, is no stranger to bowling. He bowled for Loyola Academy and Carthage College.

‘‘It felt really good,’’ he said of the shot. ‘‘I was able to stay really relaxed.’’

That relaxation showed in the second game, when he put up a 278 that had a crowd knotted around him.

Also advancing were Joan Diana, an administrative assistant from Bristol, Wis.; Cheryl Bleich, a domestic engineer from Lake in the Hills; Bryant Cabrera, a floating Midas manager from Chicago; and Ryan Yanel, a pro shop owner and McHenry High School boys bowling coach.

They are part of the 5,681,134 entries that have raised $2,776,374.70 for charity in the first 52 years the event has been cosponsored by the Sun-Times and the Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association.

FOX VALLEY: A polar vortex could not have cooled off the 69 bowlers who descended upon Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb for the Fox Valley Sectional.

Men’s champion, Aaron Kubisak of Plano, rolled games of 256, 257 and 279, adding no handicap for a sizzling 792 total.

“Worst cover I had all day was the 2-7, something I’d rather not do again,” Kubisak said. “The lanes were oily, so I had to move to my right today.”

In a brush with perfection, Kubisak left a pin in the seventh frame of the final game for the 279.

For the ladies, Chicago’s Tameyia Johnson put up scores of 195, 225 and 257, adding her handicap of 56 for an ice-breaking total of 732.

“My first game didn’t go according to plan,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to relax, have fun and make it to the finals.”

Other men advancing were Tim Duren from Gilberts with a 764, John Slavich from Schaumburg with a 740 and C.T. Bainbridge from Rosemont with a 736.

Other women advancing were Glen Ellyn’s Vi Hrehoriak with a 684 and Deerfield’s Jan Hrasch with a 682.

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