The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Brings Final 2011 Qualifier of the Original Extreme Sport to SUNY Cobleskill

Top Pro and Collegiate Lumberjacks Compete for Championship Spots in Front of ESPN Cameras at Northeast Qualifiers
Release Date: 4/22/2011
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Cobleskill, NY (April 22, 2011) – The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS®Series presented by the Ram Truck Brand, the nation’s premier lumberjack series, wraps up this season’s qualifying events with the Collegiate and Professional Northeast Qualifiers during the 64th annual Woodsmen Weekend hosted by SUNY Cobleskill at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds (113 Sunshine Dr. Cobleskill, NY 12043) April 29-30. ESPN cameras will be on site to catch the wood-chopping, saw-screaming action as the region’s top collegiate and professional lumberjacks compete to advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Championships at the Oregon State Fair Aug. 26-28. The Woodsmen’s Weekend kicks off each day at   8 a.m. with a full schedule of physical and technical events in which the participating universities will compete.

“We’re excited to bring the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series to SUNY Cobleskill for the first time,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager, STIHL Inc. “The lumberjack sports tradition is very strong in the northeast, and we think the Cobleskill campus with its excellent forestry school is the perfect venue to host one of our biggest annual competitions.”

Nearly a dozen northeast colleges will compete in the annual forestry competition including Alfred State College, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Finger Lakes Community College, Paul Smith’s College, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY ESF, SUNY ESF Ranger School, Unity College, University of Connecticut and University of New Hampshire will converge on Cobleskill. In the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Qualifier, ESPNU cameras will capture the action as each school selects their best lumberjack to go head-to-head in four disciplines, the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop to determine the region’s best collegiate woodsman. The winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his school and advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. The 2011 Collegiate Series will be televised on ESPNU later this year. Last year Cobleskill’s Tyler White competed as the wildcard selection in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship against the best U.S. collegiate lumberjacks. Another dominant force from the Northeast was last year’s Northeast Qualifier winner, Jon Preston of Paul Smith’s College, who placed second in the Collegiate Championship.

STIHL will also host the third annual dedicated STIHL TIMBERSPORTS collegiate women’s event Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. The participating schools will select their top lumberjill to compete in three professional disciplines, the single buck, stock saw and underhand chop to determine who will reign as queen. The top lumberjill will receive a $500 scholarship from STIHL for their school.

“SUNY Cobleskill is privileged to host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Northeast Qualifier and continue the growth of lumberjack sports on the professional and collegiate level,” said SUNY Cobleskill woodsmen team advisor Joseph Lydon. “The new professional format and the increasing number of collegiate competitors, who train and compete throughout the year, should bring even more spectators and television viewers to this unique athletic event.”

The Professional Northeast Qualifier will feature former collegiate competitors and U.S. champions, as well as new and veteran faces in the competition. Corey Christians from Windsor, Conn., competed in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series advancing to the 2008 and 2009 Collegiate Championships while he attended the University of Connecticut. Christians will make his professional debut in the Northeast Qualifier. Local favorite Nathan “Bucket” Waterfield began competing in the sport while attending college. He not only competes in the Pro Series, but he also coaches the SUNY Cobleskill woodsmen team. Mike Sullivan from Winsted, Conn., will make his 26th consecutive appearance in the Series; and Dave Jewett, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series ESPNU analyst and seasoned competitor will also compete in the Northeast Qualifier.

The Collegiate and Professional Series air on ESPNU and ESPN2, respectively. In addition to the Northeast Qualifier, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series consists of four other regional Collegiate and Professional Series Qualifiers and the U.S. Championships.

The 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series’ Competition Schedule includes:
  • Southern Qualifier hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., March 18
  • Western Qualifier hosted at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., March 25
  • Midwest Qualifier hosted at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., April 9
  • Mid-Atlantic Qualifier hosted at Penn State-Mont Alto in Mont Alto, Pa., April 17
  • Northeast Qualifier hosted at SUNY-Cobleskill in Cobleskill, NY, April 30
  • Collegiate and U.S. Championship at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Ore., Aug. 26-28
For the second consecutive year, the Oregon State Fair will host the Collegiate and Professional Championships. In the Collegiate Series, the five regional competitors and one wildcard pick face off in the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop to determine the nation’s top collegiate lumberjack. The collegiate champion wins a buy in to the 2012 Professional Series.

In the Professional Series, the top four pros from each Qualifier advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship, where they will compete for a slice of the coveted U.S. title and the opportunity to advance to the World Championship in Holland Sept. 3-4. Additional pros will be selected by officials to represent the U.S. in the World Championship Relay Competition.

Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, attracts the world’s top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. The Series is seen by more than 20 million viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport and ESPN, where it is one of the longest running shows.

Since 2003, the Collegiate Series has traveled to college campuses across the country to seek out the best amateur athletes and give them the opportunity to advance in the sport. More than 50 universities and colleges presently compete in the Series. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series grooms student athletes to one day take their place among the professional elite. Additionally, ESPNU provides a national platform to not only highlight the competition and the sport, but also spotlight the hosting schools and their forestry programs in the Collegiate Series competition shows.

Get the latest information and up-to-date news and video on all the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions by going to STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US. Access behind-the-scenes photos and video on Facebook and YouTube.


STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Northeast Qualifier Professional Competitors
Corey Christians    Windsor, Conn.
Dave Engasser    Cortland, NY
Matt Galambos    Biddeford, Maine
Jerry Gingras    Errol, NH
Chris Henning    Walworth, NY
Dave Jewett    Pittsford, NY
Richard Jordan    Sterling, Conn.
Wally Robarge    Naples, NY
Mike Sullivan    Winsted, Conn.
Nathan Waterfield    Cherry Valley, NY
   
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Northeast Qualifier Participating Schools

Alfred State College, Alfred, NY
Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY
Paul Smith’s College, Paul Smiths, NY
SUNY-Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY
SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY
SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Wanakena, NY
Unity College, Unity, Maine
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH


About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL's website at www.stihlusa.com.
 
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2010 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
 
STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the ESPN2 cable network, and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series airs on ESPNU. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is the pinnacle event in lumberjack sports. Since 1985 the Series has grown to become the premier showcase of the decades old sport of lumberjacking with competitions held around the world.

The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with "STIHL."

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About SUNY Cobleskill
The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill is an accredited polytechnic college that is primarily baccalaureate and residential. SUNY Cobleskill is one of few institutions in the United States where an undergraduate student may also choose to earn an associate degree. The College has an enrollment of 2,600 students in 50 programs divided into three schools – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Business. An economic engine for rural New York, SUNY Cobleskill is home to a wide array of extended learning and professional development opportunities.

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