Roller derby history will take the track when Oswego County’s first junior derby league, Port City Roller Derby’s Lagoon Squad, debuts May 25 in Crisafulli Rink.
Formed last winter, the league for skaters ages 10 to 17 will play Black Mamba Junior Derby from Syracuse.
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.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door. 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.