The Haywood Community College Lumberjack Team placed first in the 2017 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet held at the Cradle of Forestry. HCC placed in 19 of the 22 total events.

“We have some extremely motivated students on the team this year including lots of brand new students to timbersports,” explains HCC forest management instructor Dr. James Jeuck. “With only six weeks of practice time, these students really did a great job.”

Prior to this event, the team competed in the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo Conclave where they finished in second place, one point away from the first place winner. Team captain is student Brian Canaday. Trainer and coach is HCC graduate Ben Kniceley.

At the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, the HCC team competed against 10 teams including several four-year schools. Those participating included Appalachian State University, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Montgomery Community College, North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Warren Wilson College, West Virginia University and Western Carolina University.

Following are the top finishes for HCC students at the event:

Archery-first place, James Bryan

Men’s Axe Throw-first place, CJ Ingram

Women’s Axe Throw-third place, Morgan Martin

Men’s Bolt Split-fourth place, Noah Henderson

Women’s Bolt Split-third place, Morgan Martin

Dendrology-second place, Morgan Martin and Josh Noah

Men’s Horizontal Speed Chop-third place, CJ Ingram

Orienteering-first place, Josh Noah

Men’s Pole Climb-first place, Kirby Farris

Women’s Pole Climb-first place, Morgan Martin

Pole Fell-fourth place, James Bryan and CJ Ingram

Quiz Bowl-third place, Jonathan Carreto, Gary Fitzgerald, Heidi Morgan and Josh Noah

Women’s Stock Saw-second place, Morgan Martin

Men’s Vertical Block Chop-fourth place, Bryan Canaday

Water Boil-first place, Morgan Martin and Taylor Mashburn

Jack and Jill Cross-Cut-first place, Nash Dawkins and Morgan Martin

Men’s Cross-Cut-first place, Nash Dawkins and CJ Ingram

Women’s Cross-Cut-first place, Morgan Martin and Taylor Mashburn

Men’s Cross-Cut Singlebuck-first place, Jacob Darr


For more information about the HCC Lumberjacks, contact James Jeuck at or 828-627-4566.

Photos by Jessica Duque.  Pictured left to right are HCC President Dr. Barbara Parker, John G. Palmer and HCC Dean of Arts, Sciences and Natural Resources Matt Heimburg. Palmer passed out buckeyes to spectators at the event. Now in its 22nd year, the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet was named after Palmer who started this event while working at HCC. Pictured left to right are HCC students Taylor Mashburn and Morgan Martin after taking first place in the water boil contest.