CANANDAIGUA, NY (April 10, 2013) – The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Ram Trucks brings its popular lumberjack competition to Canandaigua, NY for the Professional and Collegiate Series Northeast Qualifiers. As part of the 67th annual Northeast Collegiate Woodsmen Conclave hosted by Finger Lakes Community College, top professional and collegiate lumberjacks from all over the region will converge on Friday, April 19 at 4 p.m. ET to compete in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Northeast Qualifier. The event will begin with the women’s-only collegiate competition, with the men’s professional and collegiate competition following.

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. 

“The Northeast Qualifier is always an exciting event because of the high level of skill that these professional and collegiate lumberjacks have,” said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. ““We have seen many great collegiate competitors come out of the Northeast region and we’re excited to bring the 10th anniversary season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series to the Finger Lakes Community College campus.” 

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 programs in the Professional and Collegiate Series competition shows. 

”Finger Lakes Community College is honored to host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Northeast Qualifiers as part of the 67th annual Northeast Collegiate Woodsmen Conclave on our campus,” said Ryan Staychock, Finger Lakes Community College Woodsmen Team Coach. “Being able to showcase our conservation programs and school on a national level with the Outdoor Channel and ESPNU airings, brings our school and students a great deal of visibility.”

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 $750 scholarship from STIHL for his or her school and advances to the 2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. The Northeast also hosts a women’s-only collegiate event with the winner receiving a $750 scholarship from STIHL for her school. In 2013, a dozen schools will participate in the Northeast Qualifier including Dartmouth, University of Connecticut and University of Vermont. 

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 pro rookie, Gabe Darling and Will Roberts, the 2005 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 Northeast 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 long-time pros Dave Jewett and Mike Sullivan.  
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 www.facebook.com/STIHLTIMBERSPORTS

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier Professional Competitors

Gabe Darling from Shortsville, NY
Dave Engasser from Cortland, NY
Jerry Gingras from Errol, NH
Dave Jewett from Pittsford, NY
Richard Jordan from Canterbury, Conn.
Will Roberts from Cortland, NY
Mike Sullivan from Winsted, Conn.
Calvin Willard from Barnet, Vt.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Northeast Qualifier Participating Schools

Alfred State College – Alfred, NY
Colby College – Waterville, Maine
Dartmouth College – Hanover, NH
Finger Lakes Community College – Canandaigua, NY
Paul Smith's College – Brighton, NY
SUNY ESF, Ranger School – Wanakena,  NY 
SUNY Cobleskill – Cobleskill, NY
Unity College – Unity, Maine
University of Connecticut – Storrs-Mansfield, Conn.
University of Maine – Orono, Maine
University of New Hampshire – Durham, NH
University of Vermont – Burlington, Vt.


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