The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Kicks Off 2011 Lumberjack Season at the University of Georgia

Pro and Collegiate Lumberjacks Compete for National Championship Spots at STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Southern Qualifiers
Release Date: 3/10/2011
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Athens, Ga. (March 10, 2011) – The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by the Ram Truck Brand brings its first lumberjack competition of the 2011 season, the Collegiate and Professional Series Southern Qualifiers, to Georgia’s classic city as part of the 54th annual Association of Southern Forestry Clubs Conclave hosted by the University of Georgia. Top professional and collegiate lumberjacks from all over the south will converge on Oconee County’s Heritage Park (2543 Macon Hwy Watkinsville, Ga. 30677) Friday, March 18 at 6 p.m. to compete in the Southern Qualifier for a chance to advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Championship at the Oregon State Fair Aug. 26-28. ESPN2 and ESPNU cameras will be on site to capture the competition.

“We look forward to bringing our first competition of the season to the UGA campus for the Southern Qualifier, where fans will witness some of the greatest collegiate and pro lumberjack athletes battling for bragging rights,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager, STIHL Inc. “With our 2011 format combining the Collegiate and Professional Series events, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series promises fans a double dose of action and excitement.”

In the Collegiate Series, the participating universities select their best lumberjack or jill to chop and saw in four disciplines, the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop, using professional-sized wood and rules. The competitor with the most cumulative points after all four disciplines earns a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his or her school and advances to the 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. More than 14 schools will participate in the qualifier including Alabama A&M University, Auburn University, Mississippi State, University of Florida and University of Kentucky.

Last year, Logan Scarborough advanced from the Collegiate Series Southern Qualifier to take home the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship, winning an automatic ticket to compete in the 2011 Professional Series. He will return to compete in the Southern Qualifier, but this time as a professional. 

“We’re excited to host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Southern Qualifiers as part of the annual Southern Forestry Conclave,” said Dr. Richard Daniels, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources professor and faculty advisor to the UGA Forestry Club. “Our students have done a tremendous job in preparing for this event including team training, fundraising, sponsorships, site selection and planning more than 30 lumberjack competition events. We look forward to a great weekend of competition and camaraderie.”

The competition kicks up a notch when 10 of the region’s top professional lumberjacks, including Scarborough, face-off across six disciplines, the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series Southern Qualifier. The top four will advance to the U.S. Championship. Another former collegiate athlete among the Southern Qualifier pros is Matt Slingerland, whose father, Mike, is a long-time STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series contender and will also compete in the Southern Qualifier along with defending U.S. champion Mel “King of the Lumberjacks” Lentz.

The Collegiate and Professional Series air on ESPNU and ESPN2, respectively. In addition to the Southern Qualifier, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series consists of four other regional Collegiate and Professional Series Qualifiers and the U.S. Championships. The complete schedule for the 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series 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

At the Collegiate Championship, 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 at the Oregon State Fair, 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, 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 ESPN2, 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 Southern Qualifier

Professional Competitors

Paul Cogar

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Matt Jones

Inwood, <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">W.Va.

Jim Lawrence

<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on"> Waynesville , <st1:state w:st="on">NC

Mel Lentz

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

Ben Nottermann

Hardwick, Vt.

<st1:city w:st="on"> Logan <st1:place w:st="on">Scarborough

<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on"> Polkton , <st1:state w:st="on">NC

Matt Slingerland

<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on"> Rockwell , <st1:state w:st="on">NC

Mike Slingerland

<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on"> Rockwell , <st1:state w:st="on">NC

Bryan Wamsley

<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on"> Narrows , <st1:state w:st="on">Va.

Daryl Weakland

<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on"> Kannapolis , <st1:state w:st="on">NC

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Southern Qualifier

Participating Schools

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Alabama <st1:placename w:st="on">A&M <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Huntsville, <st1:state w:st="on">Ala.

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Auburn <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Auburn, <st1:state w:st="on">Ala.

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Clemson <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Clemson, <st1:state w:st="on">SC

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Louisiana <st1:placetype w:st="on">State <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Baton Rouge, <st1:state w:st="on">La.

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Louisiana <st1:placename w:st="on">Tech <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Ruston, <st1:state w:st="on">La.

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Mississippi <st1:placetype w:st="on">State <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Mississippi<st1:placetype w:st="on">State, Miss.

<st1:placename w:st="on"> North Carolina <st1:placetype w:st="on">State <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Raleigh, <st1:state w:st="on">NC

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Stephen <st1:placename w:st="on">F. <st1:placename w:st="on">Austin <st1:placename w:st="on">State <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Nacogdoches, <st1:state w:st="on">Texas

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Texas <st1:placename w:st="on">A&M <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">College Station, <st1:state w:st="on">Texas

University of Arkansas-Monticello in <st1:state w:st="on">Monticello, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on">Ark.

<st1:placetype w:st="on"> University of <st1:placename w:st="on">Florida in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Gainesville, <st1:state w:st="on">Fla.

<st1:placetype w:st="on"> University of <st1:placename w:st="on">Georgia in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Athens, <st1:state w:st="on">Ga.

<st1:placetype w:st="on"> University of <st1:placename w:st="on">Kentucky in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Lexington, <st1:state w:st="on">Ky.

<st1:placetype w:st="on"> University of <st1:placename w:st="on">Tennessee in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Knoxville, <st1:state w:st="on">Tenn.

<st1:placename w:st="on"> Virginia <st1:placename w:st="on">Tech <st1:placetype w:st="on">University in <st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:city w:st="on">Blacksburg, <st1:state w:st="on"> Va.

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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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