Scarborough affair

SALEM, Ore. -- When it all came down to it, North Carolina State's Logan Scarborough performed exactly as he needed to.

The recent forest-management graduate recovered from a middle-of-the-road performance in the stock saw and finished first in the final two events of the week -- the single buck and underhand chop -- to win the gold medal Sunday in the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series presented by Carhartt.

Scarborough finished with 21 points in the four-discipline series, comfortably ahead of Jon Preston (18), David Green (16), Kory Garrie and Tyler White (10 apiece), earning him a spot on the rookie relay team at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship in St. Johan, Austria Sept. 3-5, and a chance to compete in the 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series.

"I thought I did pretty good in the single buck, and I was really happy with my underhand," Scarborough said. "That's the fastest I've ever chopped underhand. I've been training on it a lot more, but I'm glad that I have that time under my belt."


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Scarborough finished third in the stock saw and second in the standing block, and came into the single buck trailing Preston by 1 point, 10 to 9. He sailed through the single buck, though, putting himself in position to wrap up first place with a decent run in the underhand.

"Single buck isn't an event you can practice a lot, you just have to be smooth," Scarborough said. "It's a quick event, so you don't have to do as much. There aren't as many moving parts or things that could go wrong."

Green's stock saw was the epitome of what can go wrong. The Oregon State local cut out in his heat in the event, suffering a disqualification and earning zero points in the first event of the four. The cut-out almost certainly scuttled his chances of winning.

"We get 4 inches of wood to work with, and, unfortunately, I went four and a penny," Green said. "When you only have four competitions, it's almost impossible to come back."

Not that he didn't take a good whack at it: Green won the standing block, was second in the underhand and single buck, and went head-to-head with Scarborough in the chopping events in a battle of power vs. precision.

"I probably have him by 40 pounds, so everybody can tell that size isn't what makes you good in this sport," Scarborough said. "He's a lot better covering all the wood and with accuracy and ax placement."