Series presented by Ram Trucks brings its second lumberjack competition of the 2013 season to Michigan State University for the Professional and Collegiate Series Midwest Qualifiers. As part of the 61st Annual Midwestern Foresters’ Conclave hosted by Michigan State, top professional and collegiate lumberjacks from all over the region will converge on East Lansing to compete in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Midwest Qualifier Saturday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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’re excited to bring the 10th anniversary season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series to Michigan State,” said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. “We look forward to a great competition among the region’s top collegiate and pro lumberjack athletes.”
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. The airing schedule for the Midwest Qualifier on Outdoor Channel appears below. ESPNU air dates and times for the 2013 season will be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled to host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Midwest Qualifier as part of the annual Midwestern Foresters’ Conclave,” said Richard Kobe, professor and chair of the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Forestry. “This event is a great opportunity to showcase our students, forestry program and university and we have worked very hard to ensure the event will be a huge success.”
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, 12 schools will participate in the Midwest Qualifier including Iowa State, Ohio State and Purdue.
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 Adam LaSalle, the 2009 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Champion.
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 Midwest Qualifier. The top four competitors will advance to the U.S. Championship.
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 Midwest Qualifier Professional Competitors
Carson Bosworth, Lake Geneva, Wis.
Matthew Cogar, Diana, W.Va.
Warrick Hallett, Glencoe, Minn.
James Hartley, Colbert, Wash.
Mark Jones, Bluefield, W.Va.
Adam LaSalle, Fairplay, Colo.
Jason Lentz, Diana, W.Va.
Matthew Marks, Rochester, NY
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Midwest Qualifier Participating Schools
Iowa State – Ames, Iowa
Itasca Community College – Grand Rapids, Minn.
Michigan State University – East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan Tech University – Houghton, Mich.
Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
Purdue University – West Lafayette, Ind.
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Ill.
Three Rivers Community College – Norwich, Conn.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Urbana, Ill.
University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minn.
University of Missouri – Columbia, Mo.
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point – Stevens Point, Wisc.