Quantcast


Last updated: July 06. 2013 6:36PM - 967 Views
Associated Press



Matt Krause, from Lansing, MI, competes during the annual International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship held Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, MI. Krause won the event and was named champion with a spit of 41' 6 1/2".(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)
Matt Krause, from Lansing, MI, competes during the annual International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship held Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, MI. Krause won the event and was named champion with a spit of 41' 6 1/2".(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)
Story Tools:

Font Size:

Social Media:

(AP) Matt "BB Gun" Krause won his first-ever International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship on Saturday, returning the crown to a family that has dominated the annual competition in southwestern Michigan for four decades.


Krause was crowned the most "spit-tacular" competitor at the championship event held at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, just north of the Indiana border.


But to be the champ, the 30-year-old Krause first had to beat out a competitive field that included fellow family members, who also were former champions. Krause's father, Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause, and older brother, Brian "Young Gun" Krause, had won 24 of the previous 39 championships.


But Matt's 41 foot-six-and-a-half-inch launch was enough to claim the crown for the Dimondale resident.


Matt's win made it 25 of 40 for the Krauses since owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament in 1974 as a lark but also to mark the region's tart cherry harvest.


Teichman's daughter-in-law, Monica Teichman, said spitters braved a serious headwind Saturday, causing them not to "get any serious length" to their attempts.


Still, she said the Krause family was "really excited" Matt won.


Second place went to Mark Yelo of Oswego, Ill., who competition spokeswoman Lynne Sage said visited the farm to pick fruit with his family and ended up coming about a foot short of taking home the pit-spitting title.


After his victory, Matt Krause was presented with the trademark championship belt by last year's winner, Ron Matt of Chicago.


Associated Press
Comments
All user comments are subject to our Terms of Service. Users may flag inappropriate comments.
comments powered by Disqus



Featured Businesses


Poll



Info Minute



Gas Prices

Wilkes-Barre Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com