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Port City Roller Derby juniors team to debut May 25

OSWEGO — Roller derby history will take the track when Oswego County’s first junior derby league, Port City Roller Derby’s Lagoon Squad, debuts on May 25 in Crisafulli Rink.

Formed last winter, the league for skaters ages 10 to 17 will play Black Mamba Junior Derby from Syracuse.

Port City Roller Derby's Lagoon Squad - composed of skaters ages 10 to 17 - recently gathered for a team photo celebrating this new junior derby team. They make their public debut in a bout against Black Mamba Junior Derby at 6 p.m. May 25, in Oswego's Crisafulli Rink. (Photo by Robert J. Clark of Photographic Reflections)
Port City Roller Derby’s Lagoon Squad – composed of skaters ages 10 to 17 – recently gathered for a team photo celebrating this new junior derby team. They make their public debut in a bout against Black Mamba Junior Derby at 6 p.m. May 25, in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink. (Photo by Robert J. Clark of Photographic Reflections)

Doors open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle for the juniors bout. Port City Roller Derby’s Breakwall Bombshells will host the Roc City Roller Derby B-Sides in a bout starting around 7:45.

“Roller derby is a judgment-free zone and the people on the team are more accepting than some of the school sports I have tried out for,” said 14-year-old Chloe Koegel, who goes by the nickname Space Case on the track. “Joining roller derby has boosted my self-esteem and my self-confidence. In roller derby it doesn’t matter if you’re tall, short, small or big, everyone accepts you for you.”

Cassie Ashby, also known as Ash B. Rotten, praised the sisterhood on the team. “They count on me to help and I count on them to help when it’s needed,” she said. “Roller derby is my new life! I have made friends that I never really expected to be with.”

Advance tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with children 4 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door but will cost $12 for adults. Advance tickets are available online at portcityrollerderby.org. Attendees interested in trackside seating are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

A portion of the proceeds will support the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run non-profit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community. PCRD always seeks skaters, refs and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training. For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email [email protected]