One of Brandon Smith's most-memorable moments in bowling came last October when he was inducted into the Virginia Peninsula USBC Hall of Fame.

That most-memorable list just got longer. The Newport News resident, 39, has been voted into the Virginia State Hall of Fame in the bowling performance category. He'll be inducted Sept. 13 in Harrisonburg.

"This is a big thing," Smith said Monday about the honor. "I'm really happy because it's something you don't know if you'll ever get in."

He was so happy that he quickly called his mom and dad (Cathy and Mike) to tell them the good news. They are the ones who got him hooked on the sport at the age of 3 and later drove him all over the place to play in tournaments.

Since then, Smith has achieved everything imaginable when it comes to feats on the lanes.

As a youth bowler, he shot a 300 game and an 801 series. And since then, he's piled up an incredible record, which includes more than 40 perfect games, 20-plus 800 series, winning his first PBA regional tournament at age 19 in Lynchburg, and winning the scratch singles, doubles and all-events titles at the state tournament during the 2004-05 season.

At past state tournaments, Smith is a two-time champ in the scratch all-events, doubles and team categories and still holds the scratch singles title with an 818 series.

Locally, he's been on the men' all-star team 10 times and was honored as Bowler of the Year in 2008. He's also won the Award of Merit for the highest average in the association twice, and been part of a four-person mixed team that bowled a record-setting national high scratch game of 1,124.

What has led to all of his success?

It's a strong desire to win and do things, he said.

That and his love for the game all of his life.

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The team of Brian Franklin, Jonathan Gary and Chris Bolosan smashed the Virginia Peninsula USBC men's three-person team series record with a 2,346 total May 6 at Sparetimes.

Bolosan led the way with an 825 series. Gary had a 795 total and Franklin a 726.

The old record of 2,297 was established by John Confalone (790), Ed Pitcavage (762) and Todd Allred (745) during the 2007-08 season.


Six girls from World Class Gymnastics captured all-around titles at the Level 3 State Meet May 3-4 in Chesapeake.

Posting the highest scores in winning their age groups were Jill Graves with 39.025 points in age 11-Jr. 2 and Kylie White with a 39.00 in the 13 and up class.

White was the only WC gymnast to win three individual events — vault (9.775), bars (9.875) and beam (9.8).

Other AA champs included Caitlyn Warnock in the 12-year-old age group with a score of 38.850; Kaitlyn Mau, 11-Sr., 38.8; Lily Hayslett, 9-Jr.1, 37.6; and Carly McLean, 8-Jr.1, 38.875.