Appalachian Rollergirls host home “bout” at Holmes Center


The Appalachian Online

Katie Murawski

The Appalachian Rollergirls will face off with the Classic City Roller girls from Athens, Georgia. this Saturday August 22, 2015 in the convocation center.

The Roller Derby bout is a double header with both veteran and entry level teams participating.

The Appalachian Rollergirls were founded in 2010 and currently host two teams, said Boone local and veteran player Ashley Laws, or “The Ashinator.”

“Roller Derby, for those who are not familiar,” Laws said, “is a fast paced, physical game that involves four blockers and one jammer [point-scorer] from two teams on a circular track. The object is to get your jammer through all blockers in order to score points.”

The Allstars are derby veterans with over four years of experience, while the Booneshiners consist of Appalachian state students, young professionals and players past the entry level or “fresh meat” program, said Laws.

Points are not the only thing gained from roller derby, said Booneshiners captain and local Kelle Gahan.

“It makes for good entertainment, hard hits, graceful footwork, and impressive teamwork,” she said.

The Appalachian Roller Girl’s Allstar team captain Mallory Sadler previously played with the Classic City Rollers.

“Roller Derby is a fantastic sport for female comradeship,” Sadler Said. “It’s also a great community sport- we will have face painting and plenty of activities for our audience at the bout.”

The team is open to women or non-binary individuals, and referee positions are open to male skaters.  There is an entry level “Fresh Meat Boot Camp” available on October 4, 2015 for

$30.00 at Skate World, located at 6880 U.S. 421 Vilas, NC 28692

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets for students are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.

Story by Katie Murawski, Intern A&E Reporter