Region's Top Lumberjacks and ESPN Cameras Convene at Purdue University for the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Midwest Qualifiers

Pro and Collegiate Lumberjacks Compete for Coveted Championship Spots in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championships
Release Date: 3/31/2011
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West Lafayette, Ind. (March 31, 2011) – The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by the Ram Truck Brand brings the Midwest Qualifiers of the nation’s premier lumberjack competition series to the home of the Purdue Boilermakers as part of the 59th Annual Midwestern Foresters’ Conclave Saturday, April 9-Sunday, April 10. The region’s top collegiate and pro lumberjacks will take the stage in front of ESPN cameras on the Herrick Labs Lawn on State Road 26 (140 S. Martin Jischke Dr.) for a head-to-head showdown in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Midwest Qualifiers Saturday at 3 p.m. The top performers will advance to the U.S. Championships at the Oregon State Fair Aug. 26-28.

“We’re excited to bring the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series to Purdue University and West Lafayette, said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager, STIHL Inc. “Combining the pro and collegiate events has been a real winner for us and provides our fans a double dose of the Original Extreme Sport.”

On the collegiate side, forestry clubs from nine regional colleges and universities including Michigan State, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Missouri and University of Minnesota will converge on the Purdue campus for the 59th Annual Midwestern Forester’s Conclave. In the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Midwest Qualifier, colleges select their best lumberjack to compete in four professional lumberjack disciplines: the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. The winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL and advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. Not only will ESPNU cameras document the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Midwest Challenge, but also showcase the Purdue Agriculture-Forestry and Natural Resources Department, the Purdue campus and West Lafayette in front of a national audience. The 2011 Collegiate Series will be televised on ESPNU later this year.

“We’re thrilled to host the 2011 Midwest Qualifier competition at Purdue University,” said Dr. Michael Saunders, assistant professor of forestry and natural resources and faculty adviser to the Purdue Forestry Club. “Our students have used this event as an opportunity to practice leadership skills and team building, and connect with the lumber industry in our region. We are ready to showcase the best of Purdue Agriculture and enjoy a fantastic weekend of competition and camaraderie.” 

On the professional side, veteran competitors such as Carson Bosworth from Lake Geneva, Wis., Warrick Hallett from Minn. and Rick Halvorson from Alma Center, Wis. will face off against former collegiate bests like Adrian Flygt from Fort Collins, Colo. and 2009 collegiate champion Adam LaSalle from Towers, Minn. in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Midwest Professional Qualifier. Ten of the area’s top professional lumberjacks will go head-to-head in six lumberjack disciplines: the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop in the Professional Qualifier, contending for one of four U.S. Championship slots. The pros will race the clock and each other. Other standouts on the Midwest Pro roster include Matt Cogar, competing for his third season in the Series and Jason Lentz, son of former U.S. champion Mel “King of the Lumberjacks” Lentz, making his STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series debut.

The Collegiate and Professional Series air on ESPNU and ESPN2, respectively. The Midwest Qualifier is one of five STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series regional Collegiate and Professional Series Qualifiers and the U.S. Championships:

  • 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 Inc., 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.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Midwest Qualifier

Professional Competitors

Brian Bartow, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Canby, <st1:state w:st="on">Ore.

<st1:city w:st="on"> Carson Bosworth, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Lake Geneva, <st1:state w:st="on">Wis.

Chris Bradshaw, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Ridgeley, <st1:state w:st="on">W.Va.

Matt Cogar, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Diana, <st1:state w:st="on">W.Va.

Adrian Flygt, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Collins, <st1:state w:st="on">Colo.

Warrick Hallett, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Glencoe, <st1:state w:st="on">Minn.

Adam LaSalle, Tower, <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Minn.

Jason Lentz, Diana, W. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on">Va.

Rick Halvorson, <st1:placename w:st="on">Alma<st1:placename w:st="on">Center, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on">Wis.

Mark Jones, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Princeton, <st1:state w:st="on">W.Va.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series <st1:place w:st="on">Midwest Qualifier

Participating Schools

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Iowa <st1:placetype w:st="on">State <st1:placetype w:st="on">University, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Ames, <st1:state w:st="on">Iowa

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Michigan <st1:placetype w:st="on">State <st1:placetype w:st="on">University, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">East Lansing, <st1:state w:st="on">Mich.

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Michigan <st1:placename w:st="on">Tech <st1:placetype w:st="on">University, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Houghton, <st1:state w:st="on">Mich.

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Purdue <st1:placetype w:st="on">University, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">West Lafayette, <st1:state w:st="on">Ind.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Carbondale, <st1:state w:st="on">Ill.

Three Rivers Community Collge, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Poplar Bluff, <st1:state w:st="on">Mo.

<st1:placetype w:st="on"> University of <st1:placename w:st="on">Minnesota, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Minneapolis, <st1:state w:st="on">Minn.

<st1:placetype w:st="on"> University of <st1:placename w:st="on">Missouri, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Columbia, <st1:state w:st="on">Mo.

<st1:placetype w:st="on"> University of <st1:placename w:st="on">Wisconsin-Stevens Point, <st1:placename w:st="on">Stevens<st1:placename w:st="on">Points, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on">Wis.

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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.

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