A few years ago our Mum started working for The
Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show here in Ketchikan,
Alaska. This amazing show features some of the best lumberjacks in the world,
performing for huge crowds everyday during the summer cruise ship season. They
demonstrate their amazing chopping, climbing and logrolling skills and toss in
some great laughs for good measure. And, the best part, Boone Scheer and I get
to logroll during the shows that my Mum
hosts. Very cool...
is also a junior team of logrollers called, The
Ketchikan Coho's, and Aubrey and I are both members. We have been trained
by Nicole Shreeve and an awesome group of lumberjacks, some of whom are past Junior
World Champion Logrollers themselves! We've been coached by Kasey Swenson, Nate
Hare, Jamie Whalen, Joel Kapp, Adam LaSalle, Andy Colle, Will Lavalley, Jake Justus,
Kyle Roberts, Eric Robson, Robbie Miller, Dan McDonough, and Rob Scheer. We are
lucky indeed!!! Casey and Nate, two of the top 10 logrollers in the world, are
our head coaches and every spring we can't wait for the pond to warm up.
a week we train and prepare for the Alaska State Log Rolling Championships which
are held at the Lumberjack Show site. We also spend a lot of our free time training
after the shows are over for the day. The more you train the quicker you get better!
Every year, members of the junior
team get to travel to Hayward,
Wisconsin to participate in the Lumberjack
World Championships! It's an amazing adventure and an awesome opportunity
for kids in Ketchikan. We really appreciate Rob Scheer for bringing the Great
Alaskan Lumberjack Show and logrolling to Ketchikan. We've even met some of the
world's greatest lumberjacks and some of them are from New Zealand.
In 2007, Stasha took the Alaska State Logrolling Championship for the 4th time
in a row! She beat out her very good friend, Chris Coates, in an exciting and
tense competition. She also holds the #2 spot at the Lumberjack World Championships
for girls 14-17. She is an amazing athlete, a great sport, and a fierce competitor.
Aubrey wasn't able to compete in 2007 due to a bad knee but look out 2008...)
year we have competed, and each year we have gotten a little bit better! For the
2005 Alaska State Championships I took the #1 spot for the senior girls for the
2nd year in a row. Aubrey competed against boys and girls in the 6 to 10 age division
and came in 4th in the state in 2004! A huge accomplishment to say the least.
In 2004 I also competed in the 11 to 14 division against boys and girls. I was
undefeated in every heat and won the Alaska State Championships! I was super excited!
I think all of our dance lessons helped....
I went to Wisconsin
with Forest Shreeve, Boone Scheer, and my Grampa. Forest won the 6 to 10 age division
championships in Ketchikan and Boone was the 2003 Alaska State Champ and the reigning
World Champion Junior Log Roller! I was in good company! We all competed over
the course of 3 days, doing our best to make Alaska proud. Boone and Forest were
in the 5 to 10 year old age division, competing against the best junior logrollers
in the world. Boone came in 3rd and Forest came in 2nd! I was so happy for both
of them. I was competing in the 11 to 16 division against some of the toughest
girls logrolling today - some of them are ready to turn pro. I did my very best
to make my family and the lumberjacks proud and came in 10th in the world! Not
bad for my first year!
We had so much fun in Hayward in 2004 we went back again with my Mum, Aubrey,
and my Gramma. In addition to log rolling we went to the GoCart track and played
miniature golf. And Mum and Gramma took us to the Mall
of America. I have to confess, Of course we're going back for 2006 and 6 other
team members are going with us!!!!. And we're all super fans of Jamie Fischer
who is an amazing logroller and boom runner. Someday I want to compete in boom
running. I love it!
We love log
rolling. It is great exercise and helps to teach us discipline and dedication.
We really have good time also and we feel really lucky to be able to work with
some of the most talented lumberjacks in the world. You can see them on TV on
Outdoor Life Network and
Stihl Timbersports Series shown on ESPN. By the way, did we tell you? We're