MISSOULA, Mont. (April 16, 2013)
– The STIHL®
Series presented by Ram Trucks brings its final qualifying competition of the 2013 season to Missoula, Mont. for the Professional and Collegiate Series Western Qualifiers. As part of the 74th annual Association of Western Forestry Clubs conclave, top professional and collegiate lumberjacks from the west will converge on the Missoula County Fairgrounds (1101 South Ave West, Missoula, MT 59801) Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m. MT to compete in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Western Qualifier.
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 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series back to the University of Montana for an exciting pro and collegiate lumberjack competition,” said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS series. “Montana last hosted our competition in 2008 and produced a spectacular event. This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Collegiate Series with more than 60 schools competing across the nation in the original extreme sport.”
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. View the television schedule here
Two special pre-competition demonstrations will be hosted at Murdoch’s Ranch & Supply in Kalispell (2330 Highway 93 S) Wednesday, April 24 from 4-6 p.m. MT and in Missoula (2801 W Broadway) Thursday, April 25 from 4-6 p.m. MT with pro competitors David Moses and Branden Sirguy. Attendees will receive a sneak-peek of the lumberjack competition with opportunities to meet the competitors, receive autographs and take photos.
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, 13 schools will participate in the Western Qualifier including Cal Poly, Colorado State and University of Idaho.
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 David Green, who was the Western Collegiate Qualifier champion in 2009 and 2010 and first competed in the Pro Series in 2011 and Walter Page, who was the Western Collegiate Qualifier champion and placed second in the Collegiate Championship in 2011.
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 more than 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 Western 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.
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
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STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Western Qualifier Professional Competitors
TJ Bexten from Hoquiam, Wash.
Mike Forrester from Glide, Ore.
David Green from Bend, Ore.
David Moses from Snoqualmie, Wash.
Walter Page from Tollhouse, Calif.
Branden Sirguy from Port Angeles, Wash.
Jeff Skirvin from Clatskanie, Ore.
Rob Waibel from Sweet Home, Ore.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Western Qualifier Participating Schools
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore.
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Mont.
Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.
Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif.
Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.
Shasta College in Redding, Calif.
University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif.
University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho
University of Montana in Missoula, Mont.
University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nev.
University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz.