By STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, 4/7/2013
Haywood Community College Hosts the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifiers
Top pro and collegiate lumbjerack athletes to converge on Clyde, NC
Winners of the Professional and Collegiate Series competitions will advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championships hosted by The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 7-9.
“We have seen many great competitors come out of Haywood Community College and we’re excited to bring the 10th anniversary season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series to their campus,” said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. “The Mid-Atlantic region always delivers a very exciting competition and we look forward to a great event.”
ESPNU, Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV cameras will be on site to capture the competition. These networks provide a national platform to not only highlight the competition, but also spotlight the hosting schools and their forestry programs in the Professional and Collegiate Series competition shows.
“We are thrilled to host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier as part of the annual Mid-Atlantic States Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet,” said Blair Bishop, Program Coordinator, Forest Management Technology, Haywood Community College. “Being able to showcase our forestry program on a national level really means a lot to our school and our community.”
In the Collegiate Series, the participating universities select their best lumberjacks or jills to chop and saw in four disciplines including the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop, using professional-sized wood and rules. After competing in each of the disciplines, the competitor with the most cumulative points will earn a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his or her school and advances to the 2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. In 2013, eight schools will participate in the Mid-Atlantic Qualifier including Penn State and West Virginia University.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series. Multiple former collegiate competitors will return to the Series this year among the pro ranks including Tim Benedict, the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Champion.
In 2003, STIHL created the Collegiate Series to help develop future U.S. pro competitors. The Collegiate Series travels to college campuses across the country with the ESPNU, Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV cameras to seek out the best amateur athletes and has grown from five participating schools to nearly 60 in the last 11 years.
Following the collegiate competition, the excitement kicks up a notch when eight of the region’s top professional lumberjacks 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 Mid-Atlantic Qualifier. Top pros from around the country will chop and saw for a slot in the top four to advance to the U.S. Championship, including two-time reigning U.S. Champion, Arden Cogar Jr.
In the Professional Series, the top four pros from each Qualifier advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship where they will compete for the coveted U.S. Championship title, a brand new Ram 1500 truck and the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany Oct. 25-26. Additional pros will be selected by officials to represent the U.S. in the World Championship Relay Competition.
For the first time this year, fans will have the opportunity to join the wood-chopping action on Facebook with Fantasy Lumberjack. Prizes include STIHL chainsaws and a trip for two to the World Championship in Germany. To play the ultimate fantasy sports game, visit facebook.com/STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier Professional Competitors
Tim Benedict, Youngsfield, Pa.
Chris Bradshaw, Ridgeley, W.Va.
Harry Burnsworth, Mill Run, Pa.
Arden Cogar Jr., West Hamlin, W.Va.
Mike Eash, Coatesville, Pa.
Mike Koers, Russell, Pa.
Paul Pfenninger, Scottsville, NY
Nathan Waterfield, Cherry Valley, NY
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier Participating Schools
Pennsylvania College of Technology – Williamsport, Pa.
Penn State Mont Alto – Mont Alto, Pa.
Haywood Community College – Clyde, NC
Montgomery Community College – Troy, NC
Allegany College of Maryland – Cumberland, Md.
West Virginia University – Morgantown, W.Va.
Penn State University – University Park, Pa.
Danby Lancaster College – Clifton Forge, Va.