It started with chocolate milk and could finish with a gold medal or two.
Siblings Chris and Keri Moore, both of whom have bowled since they were four, will battle in the Sunflower State Games finals today at Royal Crest Lanes.
"They started in the chocolate milk league where kids would bowl five frames," mother Debi Moore said, "then have chocolate milk and graham crackers and then bowl another five frames."
The two have come a long way from those days.
Keri, 15, placed second in the Girls 12-20 division with a three-game handicap total of 650, and Chris, 21, placed fifth in the Boys 12-20 division divisions are based on age as of August 1, 1999 with a 614.
The Moores, who are members of the Lawrence chapter of the Youth Amateur Bowling Assn., led with a 1329 in the mixed doubles competition. They might have done better, but Chris had some trouble with the 10 pin in the final qualifying game, leaving it standing in five of the frames.
"Usually I'm pretty good at knocking it down," he said of the troublesome pin, "but today the ball was breaking at the very end."
Chris bowled higher than his 173 average in each of the three mixed-doubles games, but fell below that mark in one of his singles games.
"I bowl better where there are more people around who are fun," he said, "otherwise I feel like I'm bowling against myself."
Keri had a simpler explanation for bowling at or above her 111 average.
"I bowl better with adults," she said.
The siblings' performance Saturday was unexpected because it was their first time competing as a team, and they haven't bowled much since leagues ended in May.
"I bowled every once and a while during the summer," Keri said, "but now I can't because I'm working."