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Vicki Guadagno Wood Dale poses for portrait with her new Ford Focus which she wduring Chicago Sun-Times BeChampions Bowling Contest

Vicki Guadagno of Wood Dale poses for a portrait with her new Ford Focus, which she won during the Chicago Sun-Times Beat the Champions Bowling Contest at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville on Sunday, March 2, 2014. | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media

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Sunday’s results
At Liberty Lanes, Carpentersville

Bowler, center G1-G2-G3-G4-HDP—Total

Vicki Guadagno, Wood Dale 258-230-223-200-32—943

Linda Haynes, Castaways 165-213-162-211-187—938

Janet Kulovitz, Orland 221-213-191-215-50—890

Madeline Ramirez, River Grove 221-196-150-193-118—878

Antoinette James, Burr Oak 280-221-180-159-28—868

Latasha Hennings, Homewood 167-169-206-221-100—863

Cheryl Bleich, Beverly 228-186-213-230-0—857

Pamela Walsh, Rolling 187-153-146-185-183—854

Susie Davis, Dolton 170-230-202-189-61—852

Christine Williams, El Mar 183-136-165-179-187—850

Janet Hrasch, Poplar Creek 200-213-210-161-64—848

Viola Hrehoriak, Fox 142-119-161-146-270—838

Terese Narcisi, Peotone 124-169-144-134-266—837

Lorri Cook, Homewood 142-134-146-175-234—831

Paula Ford, Lakewood 159-127-150-203-187—826

Monica Stinson, Wood Dale 159-155-188-277-50—825

Sherrie Campione, Orland 187-178-156-236-64—821

Deborah Williams, Castaways 161-220-136-178-115—810

*Charlene Avants, Bluebird 143-113-135-174-244—809

*Marilyn Hall, Homewood 155-152-139-126-237—809

Alice Joseph, Castaways 187-115-143-181-180—806

Olinda McKinley, Skyway 125-135-185-148-205—798

Audrey Johnson, Homewood 181-175-139-171-129—795

#Taquita Lewis, Skyway 101-126-167-176-223—793

#Elizabeth Burnside, Habetler 96-136-152-150-259—793

Lorraine Leonard, Town Hall 135-178-147-112-219—791

Tameyia Johnson, Fox 150-170-163-224-75—782

Monica Sampra, Classic 166-170-148-137-158—779

Lisa Gulick, Bluebird 171-169-182-225-25—772

Marie Hagar, Lynwood 166-180-193-183-39—761

Joan Diana, Lakes 129-142-161-117-198—747

Stephanie Aldridge, Forest 164-159-180-140-82—725

@ tied for 19th; # tied for 24th

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Updated: March 2, 2014 10:09PM

Nothing like healthy bowling on a Sunday afternoon.

Vicki Guadagno edged Linda Haynes to win the women’s finals of the 53rd Beat the Champions at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville.

Guadagno, a benefit investigation rep for CVS who lives in Wood Dale, set the tone with an opening 258.

‘‘Good game. I was surprised,’’ Guadagno said. ‘‘I knew if I bowled a good first game, I could keep going.’’

That she did, adding games of 230, 223 and 200 and 32 pins of handicap for a 943.

The finals format for BTC is different. Finalists bowl four games, skipping a pair of lanes after each game.

Haynes, a system administrator for Advocate Healthcare who lives in Calumet City, totaled 938.

‘‘It was the first and third games,’’ Haynes said. ‘‘I just dummied up on them.’’

She had a 165 first game and a 162 third.

Guadagno, 23, had an inkling she was in the hunt.

‘‘My fiancee [John Hobscheid] was keeping track, but I didn’t want to know,’’ she said. ‘‘He kept telling me to fill frames. There was only one reason to telling that: I had a chance to win.’’

Guadagno also had Madeline Ramirez, who finished fourth, bowling on the same pair of lanes.

‘‘She was matching me pretty good,’’ Guadagno said. ‘‘It was nice to keep pace with her.’’

Guadagno, who bowled for Fenton High School and Robert Morris (a 2012 graduate) in Chicago, came with Hobscheid and her parents to practice Saturday night at Liberty Lanes.

‘‘I did OK, not bad,’’ she said. ‘‘I messed around a lot on the lanes.’’

On Sunday, she did well enough to take the big prize: a new car from the Chicagoland Ford Dealers, the 105th car given away in BTC.

The big winner in 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 men’s finals are at noon Sunday at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines.

NOTES: Familiarity earned its due Sunday. Six bowlers were in the women’s finals for at least the second time. Three of them finished in the top five.

Linda Haynes was second. Janet Kulovitz, an administrative assistant from Tinley Park, was third. Antoinette James, a school secretary from Highland, Ind., was fifth. James opened with the high game of 280.

Sherrie Campione of Monee was 17th, Tameyia Johnson of Yorkville 27th and Lisa Gulick, a 27-year-old from Schererville, Ind., who tests bowling balls for Ebonite International and works for the Stone & Metal Group in Chicago, was 29th.

Haynes overcame a no-no in bowling: switching equipment before an important match. Tendinitis forced her to go to all-new equipment before sectionals.

Cheryl Bleich, a domestic engineer from Lake in the Hills who was the lone scratch bowler, finished seventh with 857. The scratch line for Champs is 210. Those averaging less add 90 percent of the difference as handicap.

◆ If a winner comes from a league with 100 percent participation, the league earns $500 for its prize fund. Vicki Guadagno, who edged Haynes 943-938, earned the bonus for the Wednesday Night Mixed League she bowls in at Wood Dale Bowl with her father. Of the 32 finalists, 28 came from 100-percent leagues.

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