Top Mid-Atlantic Collegiate and Professional Lumberjacks Advance to the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championships

Penn State Mont Alto Hosts Mid-Atlantic Qualifiers in Front of ESPN Cameras
Release Date: 5/11/2011
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Daniel Jones, 2011 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Champion

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Mont Alto, Pa. (May 11, 2011) – The best collegiate and professional lumberjacks of the region converged on the Penn State Mont Alto campus for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Mid-Atlantic Qualifiers presented by the Ram Truck Brand April 17, to determine who would walk away with a ticket to compete in the U.S. Championships at the Oregon State Fair Aug. 26-28. In front of ESPNU cameras, Daniel Jones, a forest and fisheries/wildlife management student at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC, took home top collegiate honors. On the professional side, Arden Cogar, Jr., a civil defense trial attorney from Hamlin, W.Va., claimed the Mid-Atlantic title besting nine pro lumberjack athletes.

“A big thank you to Penn State Mont Alto and the woodsmen team for hosting such a great event,” said Brad Sorgen of STIHL Inc. “The fans and community support was fantastic. We had an exciting, back-and-forth competition among both the collegiate and pro competitors making for an action-packed, day of lumberjack sports.”

Chopping and sawing through four professional lumberjack disciplines, the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop, Jones bested six collegiate lumberjacks to take the Mid-Atlantic title, earning a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his school and advancing to the Collegiate Championship at the Oregon State Fair. Jones is no stranger to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series. Last year, Jones missed advancing to the Championship by mere seconds after losing to Tim Benedict of Penn State Mont Alto in a stock saw off. History almost repeated itself with Benedict and Jones again dominating the competition throughout the day. However this time no saw off was necessary when Jones took a two-point lead over Benedict after the final discipline. Zach Brouse of Allegany College of Maryland finished in third place and local favorite Seth Morris of Penn State Mont Alto took fourth, only a point behind Brouse.  All  STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Mid-Atlantic Collegiate and Professional results can be found at STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US.

I had a great day today," Jones told STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US writers. "Honestly, a lot of the times I put up were personal bests. I was nervous all day with Tim right behind me, but I was glad to get the win."

Collegiate lumberjacks from Mid-Atlantic schools including: Allegany College of Maryland, Haywood Community College, Montgomery Community College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State University Park and West Virginia University competed in the Collegiate Qualifier.

In the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Qualifier, 10 of the region’s top lumberjacks competed for one of four spots in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships also at the Oregon State Fair. Winning three of the six disciplines, 2009 U.S. champion Arden Cogar Jr. sealed the top spot with Mike Eash from Coatesville, Pa. only one point behind him. Will Roberts of Cortland, NY took third place with Harry Burnsworth of Mill Run, Pa. rounding out the top four.

In the Professional Series, the competitors face off in six disciplines, the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop, racing each other and the clock. Representing the next generation of lumberjacks, Roberts, who won the Collegiate Championship in 2005, was competing in his fifth season of the Series.  Roberts made STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series history last year as the first former collegiate competitor to make the final round at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship.

The Collegiate Series will air on ESPNU beginning in June and the Professional Series airs on ESPN2 will air on ESPN2 this fall. Air dates and times can be found at STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US.  

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.

Established in 1985 by STIHL Inc., manufacturer of 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.

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers*, as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. 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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