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4/27/03 - Malakoff

Knife & Tomahawk Contest Throws Interest To East Texas

A lot of sports have turn back the clock night. In Malakoff, they turned it back to 1840, with their third annual Texas State Knife and Tomahawk Throwing Championship.

"To us," Cedar Creek Knife and Hawk Club President Chuck Weems says, "This is kind of a like a big reunion. Some of these people I haven't seen since exactly a year ago that we did this here."

For the largest knife and tomahawk throwing event in the country, they came from all over, like Alabama's "Machine" Minter, who's a lifetime thrower.

"When I was real small I tried to throw," Pat Minter says. "I tried to be like Tarzan and stuff like that."

"I found there's a lot more to it than just throwing."

At stake was prize money and the state championship, currently held by the man from Kerrville they call "Moses."

"Yeah, I've got a target on my back," Roy "Moses" Neal says, laughing. "Everybody wants it. It's tough to defend, the competition here is so great."

It's almost a fraternity with these throwers, many of whom got their starts in the sport from each other.

"Several of these guys here throwing," veteran Mike "Ironpost" Kolisch says, "I was their teacher."

"And now they're whipping me," he admits. "My lesson there is, I'm not gonna teach them quite so well anymore."

It wasn't just the men, the women and children also got a chance to throw their knives and hawks.

"It's really a family event," Malakoff's Johnny Poole says, watching his daughter throw.

"But to me personally, I never thought it was to my benefit to get my wife to throw a knife and a hawk, so I never taught her," he laughs."

For these folks, it's a hobby, it's a passion, it's a skill, and a sport they love.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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