MILWAUKEE — North Fork’s Nate Hodges finished second overall this past weekend at the 2019 Stihl Timbersports U.S. Championships.
Hodges, one of his sport’s rising superstars, was edged out for the top spot by a single point by another successful and popular timbersports athlete, 38-year-old Cassidy Scheer of Minnesota, whose family has been dominating lumberjack competitions for more than 40 years.
Hodges also comes from a notable family of lumberjacks — over the years, Hodges have been well represented at the Loggers Jamboree, with Nate’s father Patrick, mother Cathey, brother Jerry and sister Amanda all competing in recent competitions, including in 2019.
The Stihl Timbersports Championships, billed as the “Original Extreme Sport,” features athletes competing in a number of specialized events involving “axing and sawing.”
Earlier this month, Hodges took home all-around top logger honors at North Fork’s Loggers Jamboree — the 11th time he has won the Jamboree’s all-around title.
At this past weekend Stihl’s U.S. Professional Men’s, Women’s and Collegiate Championships, held Friday through Saturday (July 26-28) in Milwaukee, Hodges went up against a field of 20 top professional lumberjacks in front of a crowd of thousands of fans.
Later this year, Hodges will compete in another national competition that will be broadcast live by ESPN.
Currently ranked No. 3 in the world in double-blade ax throwing, Hodges has already won more than a dozen national timbersports crowns and is sponsored, in part, by ArborWorks.
Later this year, he also is planning to open an ax-throwing club in Oakhurst.