"Kristen's game is really starting to come together, and she has been flirting with a 600 series and she has been throwing some 200 games recently," said Mark Derr. "She has much more natural ability at her young age than Shelby did, but Shelby overcame that by working hard to elevate her game much quicker than expected at that age."
While Shelby Derr is now making a name for herself at Saint Francis University, Kristen is working hard to get where her big sis is.
"I don't know how much of Shelby's success has mattered to Kristen, but she does hear the comparisons to her sister quite often and she is just as competitive as Shelby," said Mark Derr. "Hopefully Kristen will use any of those things as motivation to reach her goals. I think Shelby is rooting for her sister just as much as Kristen cheers her on during her competitions.
"It has been extremely fun to watch the two girls in their journey, and watching both of my daughters excel in this sport like they have is a joy for both Denise and myself."
DERR RECEIVES NEC HONORS: Following her performance in Saint Francis' first-ever appearance in last month's Northeast Conference Tournament, freshman Shelby Derr was named to both the NEC All-Tournament Team and All-Rookie Team.
The rookie right-hander posted a team-best 19.35 frame average over the 40 frames she bowled during the tournament. And in those 40 frames, only six went unfilled during the two-day event.
Following a 4-2 win over rival Kutztown, Saint Francis advanced to the NEC finals only to fall to Adelphi, 4-0.
"Shelby got stronger as the weekend progressed," Red Flash coach Tom Falbo was quoted as saying. "She found a great look on the outside part of the lane. Her A-game is playing inside, but I've seen her throw tremendous sets playing outside of the 7 board, and her confidence should be bolstered by her solid performance."