The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 22, 2013

Brian Holtzapple's high school bowling column: Success rolling over into college


"Shelby is a player that stays within herself, and she has the ability to impact any match because of her ability to repeat shots. Once she finds it, she settles in very well," said Falbo.

"Shelby's A-game is the inside line. We have worked on versatility which she is starting to show great strides. Her willingness to play any part of the lane will be the key to a bright future."

Even though we're in an era now where athletes are getting bigger, stronger, faster and more athletically skilled at a younger age, Falbo was nevertheless impressed with what he has gotten from Derr this season.

"It's tough for any freshman to succeed in Division I athletics regardless of the sport. In NCAA bowling, it is rare to see," he said. "However, we set the atmosphere right away that the players showing high-level consistent performance will be in the lineup. In life beyond college, this is the very quick lesson the ladies will learn.

"So for our team, we have had freshmen since the beginning of our program make an impact. We had three who stepped up this year, and Shelby made a great showing."

SUNBURY'S BEST CROWNED: The Sunbury Area Bowling Association's annual City Tournament came to an end last weekend, and Northumberland's Paul Leese walked away as the big winner.

Leese, at 71 years young, won the singles title with an 824 total over runner-up Ross Massa (799). Third to fifth went to Frank Fisher (758), Allan Krouse (751) and Mike Santor (732).

Leese also teamed up with Roger Lebo to claim the doubles title with a combined total of 1465. Steve Miller and Mark Derr were second with a 1420, while the other finishers were Tony Balantincz-Bill Snyder (1414), Lee Botts-Tim Botts (1413) and Craig Hackenberg-Denise Derr (1410).

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