It's something that most bowlers spend a lifetime to achieve. Some get close, but most never know the feeling of a perfect 300 game.
Not 12-year-old Wyatt Pahos, though.
"I didn't think it was going to happen ever," he said of a 300. "It was a dream come true. It did not feel real."
Last month, though, while bowling in the Village Lanes junior league, the Superior, Wis. native reached his sport's highest peak.
"In the 10th frame, I got to two strikes," he recalled. "I was walking back from my second strike and the pressure was really on."
That last one's the hardest, though, and things didn't get any easier for Pahos.
"I was waiting for my ball back at the ball return and it got stuck," he said, laughing, "so packing on more of the pressure. I got up to my mark and threw the ball, and immediately went right to me knees. Then all the pins fell and I got a strike, and then the crowd exploded."
In that crowd, as he almost always is, was Wyatt's dad. For Jon Pahos, the perfect game was just that --- perfect.
"It's very overwhelming, very proud," Jon said. "A lot of people do this for a lot of years and never get a chance to throw a 300."
The 300 didn't happen by accident. Pahos averages close to 190 per game and often bowls beyond his years.
"He's very smooth," his dad said. "Keys in, pays attention, focuses. It's all part of it."
Most 12-year-olds don't get a ton of publicity, especially a junior varsity bowler, but people have been taking notice of Pahos' perfect score.
"I hope I don't get too popular," he joked, "but my name's out there."
And it should remain there for a long time to come.