CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Chopping through wood is a family tradition for a West Virginia-based clan that boasts at least 20 members who've cut timber in various lumberjack competitions.
Members of the Cogar family stay busy competing about 20 weekends out of the year. And three of them soon will take their skills against competitors from more than 20 countries at the Stihl Timbersports Series World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Arden Cogar Jr. held the national title for four of the past six years but was unseated in June by cousin Matt Cogar, who at 26 became the youngest U.S. overall champion of the Stihl Timbersports circuit.
The two veterans of the global circuit will be joined by Matt's father, Paul Cogar, who qualified for the five-member U.S. team for the first time.