Georgia's sixth man

A disqualification in the stock saw at this year's Southeastern Conclave in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series presented by Carhartt, looked to have ended Logan Scarborough's hope for a trip to the collegiate championship.

When the West's Adrian Flygt was announced as the sole collegiate wildcard competitor a few weeks later, it was official. Or so he thought.

An injury to Flygt's eye last week re-opened the wildcard spot, and STIHL TIMBERSPORT officials turned their focus toward N.C. State's Scarborough, who had completely dominated 75 percent of the Southeastern Conclave.

He had an impressive time of 37.25 seconds in the underhand chop — about 30 seconds faster than the second place finisher — and comfortably won both the standing block chop and the single buck. But it was the second event — the stock saw — that was his downfall.

Scarborough crossed over the 4-inch line on his up-cut, resulting in a disqualification for the event. Seven out of the fifteen competitors also disqualified in the stock saw competition.

"I got way too careless with the stock saw event that night," said Scarborough, reflecting on the conclave. "I was feeling really good about the last event which was underhand chop and just got too careless. I know now that a competitor really has to stay focused on each event no matter how good they think they are at it. Things can always go wrong."

It would be this stumble that resulted in Scarborough's overall third place finish, just five points behind winner Brad Sears, from Texas A&M.

As this year's wildcard selection, Scarborough will join the five conclave winners in Georgia to determine a national champion, who will earn a spot on the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series.

"I really wish I would have known about the wildcard in April, so I could have trained longer," said Scarborough when asked how the competition date affected his training schedule. "But to tell you the truth, if STIHL would have asked me a day before the competition I still would have said yes. I do know that I need to train every day until the competition."

Joining Scarborough and Sears as rookies to the championship is West winner David Green. Championship veterans Adam LaSalle, Matt Slingerland, and Curt Karboski round out the six-man field.

Slingerland's father, Mike Slingerland, has over 22 World titles in his professional career, and has helped foster the growth of more than just his son's budding abilities.

After hearing that the standing block chop would be added to collegiate competition this year, Slingerland called N.C. State and offered to give some help to the student competing in the Southeastern Conclave.

"It turned out to be me," said Scarborough. "I drove to his home to train two times before the Southeastern Conclave and that small amount of guidance from Mike and his son Matt Slingerland helped me tremendously. I'm sure I will train with Mike and Matt two or so more times before we go to Columbus."

As for his goals and his future in the sport, Scarborough isn't making too many predictions.

"This is still very new to me," Scarborough said. "I do know that with help from people like Mike Slingerland, I can get much better at [lumberjack sports]. This sport is not something that can be learned over night. It takes years of practice and experience."