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2016 Season Review

February 16, 2017
Over the past decade, names like J.R. Salzman, Darren Hudson, and Shana Verstegen have mostly dominated the landscape of professional Log Rolling. In 2016, a group of young rollers took the baton and ran with it. And in doing so, gave a glimpse of what the next decade might look like. READ ARTICLE

World Championship Preview

July 25, 2016
For the 57th straight year, Hayward, WI is set to become the epicenter for one for one of the most exciting and anticipated summer events in the Midwest. Some of the best athletes in the world will compete in a variety of events that are sure to wow the several thousand spectators at the famed Lumberjack bowl. READ ARTICLE

Don Jacobs Memorial

July 14, 2016
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Don "Bud" Jacobs, "The French Renegade", of Escanaba, MI. Donald Phillip Jacobs, 91, a United States Marine Corp Veteran of WWII, a strikingly handsome and kind man who loved to kiss the ladies and jump up to click his heels whenever his name was announced on stage or dockside. Godspeed to an uncommon Gentlemanly Lumberjack. READ ARTICLE

US Log Rolling Results

June 13, 2016
Results from the inagural 2016 US Log Rolling Open in Orland Park, IL, presented by KRICK LLC. READ ARTICLE---US Log Rolling Open Online Brackets

SEASON PREVIEW 2016

June 7, 2016
One more. It’s a simple phrase. In terms of understanding its significance in regard to athletics, it’s a phrase reserved for and understood mostly by the very best. And the most passionate. Somehow, they all seem to get it. Partly because their normal is so different. One more. READ ARTICLE---US Log Rolling Open Online Brackets

YEAR OF THE COMEBACK

April 20, 2016
Fischer, McDonough, and Horvitz have won 15 combined World Championships as professional Log Rollers. Verstegen, who’s won 23 tournaments in her career, and four world titles, should be close to full strength after missing the beginning of 2015 following the birth of her son Greyson. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Caleb Graves

April 2, 2016
I started log rolling when I was 9 years old, rolled for a quite a few years, but 2008 was the last time I rolled until I picked it up again in 2014. I always missed the sport and I remember one day I started watching some log rolling videos on You Tube and I was thinking, I miss it so much. READ ARTICLE

Charitable Fund Brings Success to Local Programs

March 16, 2016
The sport of Log Rolling has taken off in the small northern Minnesota town of Virginia, thanks to the U.S. Log Rolling Charitable Foundation, which continues to pump resources and energy into start up programs. READ ARTICLE

Q & A WITH NINE TIME LOG ROLLING
CHAMPION PHIL SCOTT

February 25, 2016
I know there’s been a lot of changes but I’m thinking I’d like to go there and walk the streets in Hayward again and maybe let my thoughts wander back. I’ve thought about it and think maybe I’ll even come back this summer. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Lizzie Horvitz

January 25, 2016
I’m looking forward to rolling again for sure. I gave birth four weeks ago so it’s hard to say but I’m definitely feeling excited to get back in shape. To be honest a lot of it is that log rolling is fun for me. It’s been a pretty big part of my identity since before I can even remember. READ ARTICLE

NEW PROFESSIONAL LOG ROLLING TOURNAMENT HEADED TO CHICAGO FOR 2016 SEASON

January 5, 2016
Beginning on June 11 of this year, professional log rolling will have a new look in a brand new market. Plans for the newly formed US Log Rolling Open have been nearly finalized, and tournament Director Katie Rick has announced that the new tournament will take place on the second Saturday in June. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Brian Duffy

November 24, 2015
It takes a certain person to like it and keep going. Even in high school I played hockey but I liked log rolling a lot more. I still have some of those trophies from back then. They used to have junior boys and senior boys and I think I got a third place in junior boys in ’78. I got a trophy from that (tournament) and I still have it. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Sam Hadley

November 7, 2015
I grew up in Hayward and started Log rolling there. I don’t get to log roll on the road as much as people probably think I do. But I love being involved in Timber Sports and it definitely allows me to see parts of the country that I don’t think I would have ever visited had I not been involved with it. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Brian Stearns

October 4, 2015
This year I was working at the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show in the Dells. I was training every single day. And I was getting the experience in all around fitness as well with chopping, sawing, climbing, rolling, and Boom. READ ARTICLE

DAN McDONOUGH - A LOG ROLLING LIFE

September 13, 2015
54-year old Dan McDonough, whose idea of heaven shoots out of his mouth more matter of fact than poetic, cemented his spot among the best Log Rollers of all time years ago. His resume is jaw dropping; nine professional Log Rolling World Championships, including a record seven straight during his peak in the 1980’s.
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TIMBERSPORTS RISING STAR INGBRETSON JOINS ELITE

August 22, 2015
“It was really just a blur, I think I just ran down to my mom before I did anything else. It’s an unreal feeling. You work so hard and it felt so good to win.” For 20-year old Hayward, WI native Meredith Ingbretson, winning the 2015 Log Rolling World Championships marked the culmination of several things. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Olivia Judd

August 14, 2015
I started Log Rolling when my best friend saw the Log Rolling program after swim team and she dragged me into it and it was so fun and I was with friends, there were these cool kids, Shana (Verstegen) was leading the program and she was just this amazing teacher, role model, inspiration and I kind of fell down the Log Rolling rabbit hole before I realized how far it could lead. READ ARTICLE



SALZMAN CAPTURES 10TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP; INGBRETSON WINS WOMEN’S TITLE

July 26, 2015
The 2015 Log Rolling World Championships ended Saturday night and two Hayward natives left as champions. 36-year old J.R. Salzman won his record tying 10th title, defeating five time champ Brian Duffy, 3-0. On the women’s side, 20-year old Hayward native Meredith Ingbretson won her first World Championship, defeating Ellie Davenport, 3-1. READ ARTICLE



SALZMAN LOOKS FOR NUMBER TEN &
STREAK ENDS FOR ATKINSON; 2015 LWC PREVIEW

July 21, 2015
The 2015 Log Rolling World Championships get underway this week in Hayward, WI, and 2015 will marka changing of the guard not seen in several years at the iconic Lumberjack Bowl. Multiple veteran rollers and past champions will not be competing this week, including both the men’s (Darren Hudson) and women’s (Lizzie Horvitz) champions from a year ago. READ ARTICLE


SALZMAN TAKES HOME THREE RIVERS ROLEO TITLE; GREENE WINS WOMENS TITLE

July 12, 2015
J.R. Salzman won his second straight Three Rivers Roleo title in Onalaska on Saturday, defeating Carl Rick in three straight falls. On the women’s side, 19-year old Gretchen Greene, defeated Ellie Davenport, three falls to none, to capture her second straight Roleo title. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Garrick Birdsong

July 8, 2015
"I remember my first time rolling J.R. (Salzman) was incredibly nerve wracking. Ever since I starting going to Worlds about 6 years ago and watching (as a kid) he’s always been number one, just an incredible force." READ ARTICLE

BOOM RUNNING STANDOUT MARCEL SCOTT LOOKS TO TAKE NEXT STEP AT 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

July 3, 2015
Growing up in the small town of Barrington, Nova Scotia, about three hours south of Halifax, the 25-year old Scott learned to be creative in his training. “There’s no Y where I am so I start rolling on the lake in May as soon as the ice melts,” says Scott. READ ARTICLE

SALZMAN WINS MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS;
DAVENPORT WINS SECOND STRAIGHT

June 28, 2015
Nine time Log Rolling World Champion J.R. Salzman made his 2015 debut in Madison, WI Saturday with a convincing win at the 2015 Midwest Championships. On the women’s side, Hudson native Ellie Davenport continued her early season success with her second straight victory to begin the year in Madison. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Emily Christopherson

June 24, 2015
“I started later in elementary school, and that was considered late. I’d been watching the other kids at the Y and I wanted to do it. And my parents finally let me do it once a week. I can’t say I was great growing up.” READ ARTICLE

La Crosse Open Results

June 21, 2015
Onalaska, WI native Garrick Birdsong took home the men's title at the La Crosse Open Saturday, while Ellie Davenport from Hudson, WI won the women's title, as the 2015 Professional Log Rolling season opened at UW-L in La Crosse, WI.
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Gretchen Greene/Season Preview

June 16, 2015
Greene, who’s preparing this week for the start of her fourth year as a pro, is one of the more respected and well liked women on the pro circuit. And when she pours out positive accolades aimed at her fellow competitors, there’s a realness to it. It’s genuine and egoless. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Anjali Krongard

June 7, 2015
“Shana Martin was my first pro match and then Jenny Atkinson. It was intimidating, it was hard to roll them because they’ve got so much more experience, but I knew I had to because for me it was an experience I needed to get better.” READ ARTICLE

BLEEDING ORANGE

May 24, 2015
The sea of orange is unmistakable. There are several dozen grade school kids, teenagers, and adults wearing their signature Oconomowoc log rolling orange themed tee shirts. READ ARTICLE

FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN TO BROADCAST THREE RIVERS ROLEO

May 8, 2015
The 2015 Three Rivers Roleo professional Log Rolling event will be broadcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin. The Fox crew will broadcast the tournament and it will run up to three times throughout the summer. READ ARTICLE

Q & A with Dominik Serpico

April 28, 2015
“It was a huge transition from a carpet to a spike log. With the carpet you don’t raise your feet as much. When you’re going to the spikes you’re more jogging in place really high, like high knee jogging.” READ ARTICLE

Successful Journey Continues for 4
Time Log Rolling World Champion

April 19, 2015
“I’ll tell you about my amateur career. We’d go to a tournament, I’d lose both matches and then we’d go out to dinner. And then we went home.” READ ARTICLE

Reviving the lost art of Log Rolling

February 3, 2015 • Linton Weeks
Considered by many to be the sole purview of lumberjacks, the competitive sport of log rolling — in which participants pad about on a log in water ... READ ARTICLE

Family keeps log-rolling legacy alive for 5 generations

November 21, 2014 • Peter Ross WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Every family has its own traditions and pastimes. For the Manguse-Ogle family of Grand Rapids, it's log rolling, a legacy of this family for five generations.... READ ARTICLE

All You Need to Know About the Sport of Log Rolling

August 20, 2014 • Huffington Post
The name of the game is log rolling and it's pretty simple: a log rolls as two people try to balance atop it. The competition takes place on open, moving water with one participant on each end of the log.... READ ARTICLE

Log Rollers get perfect day for annual contest.

August 14, 2014 • Randy Erickson
Saturday’s seventh annual Three Rivers Roleo log rolling tournament in Onalaska was a splashing success. With 26 competitors in the pro division, the Roleo ... READ ARTICLE

Train like a lady lumberjack

Jule 24, 2014 • By Jacque Wilson, CNN
Shana Verstegen is a world champion lumberjack athlete and ACE-certified personal trainer. "The common thread moving through all lumberjack events is the need for speed, core strength and power... READ ARTICLE

Log Rollers create KoolAid Commercial

Pro log rollers, Maggie Bulk and Dave Sievert filmed a commercial utilzing their log rolling skills. Maggie is the soda bottle and Dave is the KoolAid.
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Log Rollers create Berocca Commercial

Pro log roller, Darren Hudson filmed a Berocca commercial utilzing his acting and dancing skills, in addition to his log rolling skills.
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