SUNY Cobleskill Hosts STIHL Timbersports Series April 29-30
April 28, 2011
The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series, the nation’s premier lumberjack competition, now in its 26th season, holds its Northeast Qualifier for the Collegiate and Professional Series at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds on April 29 & 30. In addition to hosting the event, SUNY Cobleskill will field a team vying for top honors. ESPNU and ESPN2 cameras will be onsite to capture the action.
Established in 1985, 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 ESPN2, where it is one of the longest running shows, after SportsCenter.
In the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Northeast Collegiate Qualifier, SUNY Cobleskill is among more than a dozen regional schools that will chop and saw through four disciplines: single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop to determine the Northeast collegiate champion, who will advance to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship at the Oregon State Fair Aug. 26-28.
In addition to SUNY Cobleskill, participating schools at this year’s Northeast Collegiate Challenge include Colby College, Dartmouth College, SUNY-ESF, SUNY ESF Ranger School, Finger Lakes Community College, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Paul Smith’s College, Unity College, University of Connecticut, University of Maine-Orono, University of New Hampshire and University of Vermont.
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Northeast Professional Qualifier pits 10 of the region’s best professional lumberjacks in a six-discipline, wood-chopping competition, featuring the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. The top four competitors will advance to the U.S. Championship at the Oregon State Fair to contend for the national title.
The new 2011 US STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series format increases the pool of pro competitors from 32 to 50, enabling more athletes to enter the competition. The qualifying rounds will be held in five regions with the top four athletes from each qualifier advancing to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championship at the Oregon State Fair from Aug. 26-28. The U.S. Championship competitors will not only battle each other for the national crown, but also join together to represent their regions in the new STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Relay Competition.
“With this new format, we are bringing the excitement of our professional competition to college campuses and letting our college competitors share the stage with the pros,” says Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager, STIHL Inc. “The collegiate athletes will be competing on ESPNU at the same time for their shot at the championships, and fans will be able to enjoy a double dose of the world’s premier lumberjack sports competition.”
Revived in 2001, SUNY Cobleskill’s lumberjack sports team – a group of 30 men and women from across campus – finished fifth in the 2010 Northeast Collegiate Challenge at Paul Smith’s College. The team, under the guidance of Joseph Lydon, is sponsored by STIHL and Nathan “Bucket” Waterfield, a professional STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitor, who will compete in the Professional Qualifier in Cobleskill.
SUNY Cobleskill’s Tyler White ’10 was the Collegiate Series wildcard pick in 2010.
STIHL created the Collegiate Series in 2003 to help develop future professional U.S. competitors. Since then the Series has grown from five original participating schools to more than 60 teams traveling to college campuses across the country. Professional and collegiate qualifiers are also being held at the University of Georgia, California Polytechnic University, Penn State University-Mont Alto and Purdue University. Schedule details are available at www.stihltimbersports.us.
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series Qualifiers see each participating school’s best lumberjacks/jills go head to head using professional rules and professional-sized wood. The competitor with the most cumulative points receives a $1,000 scholarship for their team, and advances to the Collegiate Championships in August.
Held every year in conjunction with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship, the Collegiate Championship pits the five regional collegiate champions and one wildcard pick against each other. The collegiate champion not only wins an automatic spot in the Professional Series the following season, but also a spot competing on the rookie relay team in the 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship in Holland.
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