STIHL Announces U.S. Pro-Lumberjack Competitors for the 2011 Season of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Presented by Ram

 
Release Date: 3/10/2011
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Virginia Beach, Va. (March 10, 2011) –STIHL Inc., creator and producer of the premier lumberjack sports event the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by the Ram Truck brand, announced today the roster of U.S. professional lumberjacks competing in the 2011 season of its popular competition. Returning to its roots, the Series will once again host regional qualifiers with U.S. athletes competing for the chance to advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championship, which will return for a second year to the Oregon State Fair Aug. 26-28, 2011. The Series, seen by millions around the world, airs on ESPN2, this year for the first time in HD. Building on the popularity of its Collegiate Series, STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series organizers decided to produce the five regional professional qualifiers in conjunction with the five collegiate qualifiers at campuses around the country.

“We’re excited about the new 2011 format, which places extra focus on the continued growth of our American competitors,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager, STIHL Inc. “Collegiate athletes will be able to compete side by side with professionals, and fans will get twice the action at each regional event.”

The new format of the “Original Extreme Sport” also expands the competitor pool from 32 to 50, enabling more athletes to enter the competition than ever before. The 2011 roster features many former collegiate contenders who have turned pro, including Corey Christians, Adrian Flygt, David Green Adam LaSalle, Will Roberts, Nathan Waterfield, Logan Scarborough and Matt Slingerland. 

The 2011 qualifiers will be held at the University of Georgia March 17-19, California Polytechnic University March 24-26, Purdue University April 9, Penn State University-Mont Alto April 16-17and SUNY-Cobleskill April 29-30 with ESPN2 and ESPNU cameras onsite to film the wood-chopping action. The pro competition consists of 10 pro athletes competing in six professional lumberjack disciplines: the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. The qualifiers will result in the top four pro athletes from each region advancing to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championship, which will challenge the lumberjacks in the same six chopping and sawing disciplines.

The winner of the competition will be crowned the U.S. Champion and will represent the country at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship, being held this year in Holland, Saturday, Sept. 3-Sunday, Sept. 4.  Schedule details are available at www.stihltimbersports.us .

Since its inception in 1985, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series has challenged the world’s best competitors in lumberjack sports. Over the years the Series has gained popularity and expanded to 19 countries including athletes from USA, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Benelux and Germany, all looking to earn a place in the World Championships. New Zealander Jason Wynyard holds the title of 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Champion. Arden Cogar Jr. from West Virginia holds the 2010 U.S. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Champion title.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship, held every year in conjunction with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship, pits the five regional winners and one wild card athlete against each other in four professional disciplines: single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop.  The top contender earns the title of 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series champion and an automatic ticket to the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series where they will compete among the professional ranks. North Carolina State’s Logan Scarborough holds the title of 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Champion. The Collegiate Series is seen on ESPNU.

Additionally, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series boom run and speed climb specialty disciplines will also take place throughout the three-day event in Oregon. Eight boom runners and speed climbers will compete in a bracket elimination format to determine the U.S. champion in each discipline.

Get the latest information and up-to-date news and video on all the U.S. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions by going to www.stihltimbersports.us . Access behind-the-scenes photos and video on Facebook and YouTube.

The 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Professional Competitors and Qualifiers*

Southern Qualifier

University of Georgia

March 17

Western Qualifier

Cal Poly University

March 25

Midwest Qualifier

Purdue University

April 9

Mid-Atlantic Qualifier

Penn State-Mont Alto

April 17

Northeast Qualifier

SUNY-Cobleskill

April 30

Paul Cogar

Diana, W.Va.

TJ Bexten

Hoquiam, Wash.

Brian Bartow

Canby, Ore.

Harry Burnsworth

Mill Run, Pa.

Corey  Christians

Windsor, Conn.

Matt Jones

Inwood, W.Va.

Mike Forrester

Idleyld Park, Ore.

Carson Bosworth

Lake Geneva, Wis.

Arden Cogar

West Hamlin, W.Va.

Dave Engasser

Cortland, NY

Jim Lawrence

Waynesville, NC

David Green

Sisters, Ore.

Chris Bradshaw

Ridgeley, W.Va.

Mike Eash

Coatesville, Pa.

Matt Galambos

Biddeford, Maine

Mel Lentz

Diana, W.Va.

James Hartley

Colbert, Wash.

Matt Cogar

Diana, W.Va.

Kyle Friend

Kearneysville, W.Va.

Jerry Gingras

Errol, NH

Ben Nottermann

Hardwick, Vt.

Tom Martin

Bend, Ore.

Adrian Flygt

Fort Collins, Colo.

Mike Koers

Hawk Run, Pa.

Chris Henning

Walworth, NY

Logan Scarborough

Polkton, NC

David Moses

Snoqualmie, Wash.

Warrick Hallett

Glencoe, Minn.

Matt Marks

Middlesex, NY

Dave Jewett

Pittsford, NY

Matt Slingerland

Rockwell, NC

Derek Pouchnik

Viola, Idaho

Adam LaSalle

Tower, Minn.

Andrew Mattison

Brockport, NY

Richard Jordan

Sterling, Conn.

Mike Slingerland

Rockwell, NC

Branden Sirguy

Port Angeles, Wash.

Jason Lentz

Diana, W.Va.

Tom Oliver

Palmyra, Pa.

Wally Robarge

Naples, NY

Bryan Wamsley

Narrows, Va.

Jeff Skirvin

Clatskanie, Ore.

Rick Halvorson

Alma Center, Wis.

Paul Pfenninger

Scottsville, NY

Mike Sullivan

Winsted, Conn.

Daryl Weakland

Kannapolis, NC

Rob Waibel

West Linn, Ore.

Mark Jones

Princeton, W.Va.

Will Roberts

Cortland, NY

Nathan  Waterfield

Cherry Valley, NY

*Dates and locations are subject to change.

Please note:
*As Australia and New Zealand do not currently have STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions of their own to select national champions, two competitors from each country will receive an invitation to participate with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championship where they will compete against their countrymen to determine their national champions who will continue on to the World Championships in September.

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 .

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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