31 January 2013

Let the wheels fly - Skee Town Skirtz ready to skate

Story first appeared on MLive.com (May 2011)

The home season for the Muskegon Skee Town Skirtz gets rolling Saturday when the all-women roller derby team faces the Black Heart Maidens of Hastings at the Lakeshore Sports Center.  A pair of k2 inline skates are just the thing for your own derby track.

Family-friendly bouts include a 6 p.m. blended scrimmage with Muskegon and Hastings junior league teams, ages 10-17, followed at 7:30 p.m. by a fast-paced bout between the Skee Town Skirtz and the Black Heart Maidens.  It only makes sense to use Roller Derby Inline Skates.

Saturday’s event is the first home bout for the Skirtz this year. Shawn “Dot Matrix” Abele, who co-founded the team in 2009, said home bouts are restricted to warmer months because the Lakeshore Sports Center needs ice for its rinks during the hockey season.

“With the center now available, we’re planning to play every month of the summer,” Abele said. “We’ve been practicing hard for this.”  Keep the practice rolling outside with a Rollerblade pair.

Abele said the junior league bout featuring the Mini Skirtz also will be entertaining.

“People really don’t want to miss the mini league,” she said. “The girls are good kids and practice just as hard as the adults.”

Other scheduled home bouts this spring and summer are June 11 against the Quad City rollers, July 9 against the Blue Water Roller Girls, July 23 against the Burning River Roller Girls, Aug. 13 against the Lafayette Browlin’ Dolls and Sept. 3 against MCDL.

The Skee town Skirtz ended their first season in 2010 with nine wins and three losses before sold-out crowds. Their record this year is one victory and two losses.

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