The best girls high school bowler in the state is taking her game to the collegiate level.
Shelby Smith, who helped the Cabot Lady Panthers to the Class 7A state title while rolling a state-best 648 in the state tournament, signed with Louisiana Tech University in Ruston during a ceremony last week at the CHS library.
Smith, who has been bowling for 11 years, chose Louisiana Tech over Arkansas State.
"The visions Jerry Miles had for his team at Louisiana Tech was what impressed me," Smith said of the Lady Techsters head coach. "He is all about team and I love that. I visited the campus as well and it seems like a great place for me."
Cabot bowling coach Mike Nash is proud of the opportunity that Smith is receiving.
"Shelby is an outstanding young lady and I am happy she has been given this opportunity," he said. "A lot of time and hard work went into this scholarship. Louisiana Tech is getting a tremendous bowler, person and ambassador. We will miss her but wish her all the best."
During her career, Smith has helped the Lady Panthers win state titles in 2013 and 2011. As a sophomore in 2011, Smith rolled 624. As a junior, Smith rolled a state-record 700 as the Lady Panthers finished as state runners-up in 2012.
Smith plans to major in accounting at LTU.
"I’d like to give a special thanks to my parents, my teammates, Mike Nash, Ralph and Dee Pridmore and the staff and Allfam Bowling Center for helping me get to where I am today," Smith said. "They’re all incredible."