CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Well, if that woodchuck follows Erin Vorholt's lead, it will be a substantial stack.
As Vorholt settles in at West Virginia University for her senior year, she will certainly look back to the day she became a "lumberjill."
"There was a barbecue at the beginning of the school year for students in the Davis College of Agriculture and Natural Resources," she explained. The WVU Forestry Club and Woodsmen Team had a booth there, and then-freshman Vorholt walked past.
"They needed a girl. And I've been in it now for four years," she said.
The petite brunette has been the only consistent female presence in the club for four years, but that's not the case at other schools. She competes against women from Virginia Tech and other colleges at meets throughout the year.
Woodsmen is a competitive, coed intercollegiate sport in the United States, Canada and elsewhere based on various skills traditionally part of forestry educational and technical training programs. In North America, the sport organized into five regional divisions: northeastern, mid-Atlantic, southern, midwestern and western.
Woodsmen/lumberjack competitions have their roots in competitions that took place in logging camps among loggers. As loggers were paid for piece work, the ability to perform specific tasks more quickly or with a degree of showmanship was something to be admired.
Vorholt, the daughter of Steve and Kim Vorholt, of Poca, said her events include: