Volunteer of the Month – Jollie Knock-Hers #1984

Jollie-announcing in Oct. 2012 by MacGroovy

1. How did you get into Derby?

I started at Sick Town’s second practice ever. Natasha, (aka Smack da Puss, aka Wolf) and I had talked about derby at a Christmas party. She remembered and got in touch with me when she saw a league was starting up locally. I will always be thankful to her for convincing me to go with her and Kant (her sister).

2. You have had a lot of roles within Sick Town. Skater, President and trainer/coach of our JR league (The Candy Stripers), and announcer of bouts. Which is your favorite and why?

Oh jeeze. I have to pick a favorite? Well, skating was amazing. When I skated with the league (before too many injuries and a pregnancy took me off skates) I learned so much about myself. I learned how to push myself harder than I thought possible, I learned how to be a better friend and teammate, and I learned how important it is to have faith & confidence in yourself. Those were life changing lessons at 23, and I wish I had the chance to learn those things when I was struggling with body image and friendships in high school. So, after breaking my ankle during a bout a few years ago, Velma and I decided to take the time to start up the junior league. Second only to being a mother to my new daughter Bowie, working with the junior skaters has been my most fulfilling endeavor. They’re AMAZING, smart, strong and incredibly hard-working. Age, injury, and circumstance might keep me from being a National level skater but I have no doubt I am working with at least some of the up and coming derby super stars. My daughter will have those girl’s posters on her wall and I’ll get to tell her “I knew them when.” Announcing is lots of fun too, I’m actually a pretty shy person but something about derby just opens me up and lets me have a little fun with myself. Plus I just really love to talk about and watch derby. I’d do it if I had a mic in my hand or not! I guess I can’t pick a favorite, they’re all too connected.

3. You have been a part of Sick Town for a long time. What is your favorite moment in Derby history?

My favorite derby moment that I have been a part of was the night I broke my ankle. It should have been a crappy night. We were skating short already and I had just landed a beautiful hit on the other team’s jammer (sending her waaaaay off track, it was gorgeous) when her blocker and I tangled skates. I knew my ankle was broken before I hit the ground but I begged them to let me try and skate (adrenaline will do crazy things to your brain). Bones, being the level headed best friend that she is, convinced me that wasn’t going to happen. The other team had just started gaining a lead on us and I was so worried about the score the whole time I was in the ER (thanks Frankie for the ride and hand holding!)! Dixie told me they were gonna win it for me before I left– and they totally did. I hear they ramped up the intensity and played like a pack of beasts after I left. It was just such a nice night and a good vibe. I was away from home and it could have been a really terrible time but I got to bond with some newer-to-the-league faces and just have a blast with my friends. Then, since I was taking a break from derby anyway my husband and I decided to go ahead and have a baby (which I remember Tuna joking would happen). So all in all, it was a pretty eventful ankle break!

Then my favorite moment in ALL of derby history is the night one of my junior skaters attempted and landed an apex jump during scrimmage. It was sweet. She’s one of our more reserved skaters, and has worked very hard to develop her strong skills. Watching her jump that apex was this incredible symbol of not just her derby journey but the journey of our entire junior league. Some of our skaters came in with strong skating skills, or some have seemed to pick up the derby thing really naturally. Others have had to fight for every stride. Axl is one of the fighters. So determined, so hardworking. I think she represents a lot of derby skaters at any age. Derby is in her blood now and she’s a total beast. I feel proud I’ve gotten to see all that she, and the other junior skaters have achieved so far.

4. What are the hardest parts about your roles within Sick Town, if any?

Time. It’s something I’m struggling with every day. My husband is incredibly supportive of derby and all the roles I’ve played within the sport; I am so lucky for that. But now that my seven month old is on the move there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Someone should work on that, I bet all the derby mamas would appreciate a few more hours in the day to fit in some derby!

5. What is the biggest challenge you have met in Derby?

That little voice inside my head that tells me to quit, or that I can’t do something, or that it’s not worth the effort. Five years ago that voice was pretty loud, but every time I passed a minski [minimum skills] assessment, added a lap to my endurance, or landed a sweet hit the voice got a little quieter. I hope by the time they’re my age the skaters I’m working with don’t have that little voice, but instead an entire mental cheering section waving signs and rooting them on. And maybe one of their mental cheerleaders will sound like me, that would be radsauce.

6. What is your motto?

I don’t know that I have one! Which is funny because as an announcer I’ve thought of some good ones for other skaters!

If you were at one of my practices you’d probably hear me say GET LOW aproximentaly 1.5 billion times (and I remember cursing Brick for yelling the same thing at me aproximentaly 5 billion times) and ROLLER DERBY WITH FRIENDS! That last one probably sums up the whole derby thing for me. We’re all here, sweating, working our skates off together. I’m putting in my 100% and the skater next to me is doing the same. That kind of dedication creates an incredible bond that I never really had with other women. I am so thankful for it. So glad to have a community of strong women to support me and for my daughter to look up to as she grows.

7. And last but not least what keeps you coming back?

Well, it’s funny that you ask that as I am poised to take a bit of a derby break while I focus on going to grad school and wrangling the baby Bowie beast (she’s a real fire cracker, can’t imagine where she gets it!). But derby is such a part of my life I could never REALLY leave. I am so dedicated to the sport and all that it has taught me that at the very least you’ll find me spouting the good word of roller derby to anyone who will listen. I’m a nerdy derby fan who anxiously waits for each new rule set to dissect and discuss with my husband over dinner. My best friends skate for Sick Town and our junior skaters inspire me way too much for me to ever just fade into the shadows. I may not be able to skate anymore (until they develop the peg leg roller derby skate, for injured pirates), and I may not always live in the Willamette Valley but I’ve been infected with the disease for which there is no cure. I am roller derby through and through, and I’m sure Sick Town blue blood pumps through my veins.

Advanced Skater of the Month – Way-Laid #22

waylaid

Interview by Rollin’ Rebel # 50

Rebel: How long have you been involved in Roller Derby?

Way-Laid: I started with Sick Town last March. So…. about 15 months.

Rebel: How did you get involved in this sport?

Way-Laid: I kept seeing a sign on the way to work. Every day it would ask “Do you wanna do Roller Derby?” and I would be like “YES!” When I saw a flier for a bout I had to go. Then the info for the new skater day and the announcers talking about it convinced me that this is where I belong.

Rebel: What are your roles with Sick Town? Position, board member, part of a committee?

Way-Laid: I generally play as a blocker. I like the quick pickup of catching the jammer after she thinks she is through the pack. Off the track I work with the New Recruits Committee.

Rebel: What motivates you to put your skates on when you feel like staying home instead?

Way-Laid: My daughter. If I try to skip practice she will tell me that she is going to be a Candy Striper and I have to set a good example (insert over the top dramatization here).

Rebel: What do you enjoy about Roller Derby?

Way-Laid: I like that Derby is a lifestyle and a family. Everyone that is involved has an unwavering love for the sport. The players are supportive and encouraging. So much more so than what you would find with other sports or activities.

Rebel: Have you been involved in other competitive sports? What were they and what was your favorite?

Way-Laid: I was a varsity wrestler in high school. It was interesting being a girl trying to break into a boy’s sport.

Rebel: Please tell us a little about yourself that we normally wouldn’t know about you.

Way-Laid: I was born and raised in Small Town, USA in Northern California. The busy rush of Corvallis and Albany took some getting used to, but in ten years I am finally learning to live with all the traffic. I spend my days as an accountant. My nights are spent with the light and the love of my life: My 9 year-old daughter and my husband. In the rest of my free time I hike, bike, garden, and eat. nommmnommnomm.

S*M*A*S*H Unit – A Farewell to Ninja

8882035365_bfc073358c_o

Sick town is losing an amazing advanced skater and I, Block Jawz, had the privilege to interview her before she moves far far away! Here are the deet’s!

What’s the story behind your name?

Well I’m kinda a quiet person (’til you get to know me). Honestly, there are times when people just don’t notice I’m there or hear me. I wanted a name that fit my personality and be cool.

Are there challenges you overcome to stay in derby?

When I first started I got several injuries consecutively that made it hard for me to stay in derby. Finding the balance of derby, working a job, and school work was a challenge.

How long have you been derbying? We want the details!

3 years in December. Silly, I started like 2 weeks before Christmas in the winter at the CDC! [the CDC, Sick Town's former practice space, was unheated.]

What’s your most notable injury?

My knee injury. I had a massive bruise and was in a leg immobilizer for several weeks.

Your derby persona would be voted Most Likely To…, while YOU would be voted Most Likely To… ?

Ill-Ninja would be voted most likely to take a challenge or jump the apex or make friends.  I would be most likely to get left behind cause I’m still in the bathroom (A pee a lot!).

Do you have any tips for new skaters or those who are thinking about getting into roller derby?

Derby is a lot of work, even more than you think; even when someone tells you it’s a lot of work. Stick to it, it will pay off in the end. Go to practice even if you’ve had the worst day of your life and want to cry; it will make a difference.

What does your future in derby look like, are you a lifer?

I am transferring to Jet City Rollergirls in Washington. I’m sure I won’t be a lifer. There will be a time when my body tells me I’m done, and I’ll move on to something different, but that won’t be for a while.

Boot Camper of the Month – Andi

Boot camp for derby girls?! Who knew it could be so fabulous! Well one of the newest skaters to Sick Town, Andi (no derby name yet), thought she would give it a go, and here’s the scoop!
1.  Favorite aspects of roller derby? 

 

I love the workout. I love the tights and fishnets and booty shorts. I love the names.
I love that after a good practice muscles are sore that I never knew I had. I
love that even when I’m having an off day and I feel like I don’t want to go to
practice, afterwards I’m always glad that I went. I love the people and the
camaraderie. I love it all!

2.  Loved ones’ reactions to your derby involvement?

In a word: varied. My Dad is convinced that I’m going to break not just something
but everything. My Mom still thinks it’s like it was in the 70’s and may be
just a bit more frightened of/for me than usual. My sisters think it’s awesome,
as do my friends. Some people look at me like I’m insane and some of them like
“Yeah, right…YOU do roller derby. Sure.” Mostly people just want to know when
they can come and watch me and I tell them it’s going to be a while before I
play, but that they should check out a bout ASAP because derby is the shit.

3. What do you love about Sick Town?

The people!!! What an amazing group of women. Everyone is so diverse in their personalities/jobs/lives, but everyone comes together in their love of derby…and whipping…and panties…and beer…and pizza…and tights…and booty shorts. Just sayin’…my kind of bitches ;-)

4. How many laps can you skate before you puke?I have no idea!!! I just finally got 25 in 5 for the first time, on pavement, in 85
degree weather. My mouth was like the Sahara desert and my heart was beating
out of my chest but I didn’t feel like I was going to puke. I guess I’ll have
to try harder.5. Look down. What’s the blister/callous situation?I’ve actually been really lucky in the blister/callous department. For a bit I had
these crazy blisters that were like 17 layers of skin thick to the bottom of my
foot right behind my second toe. I think they were from desperately clenching
my feet trying to feel more stable or keep my skates on (because obviously they
were just going to go flying off of my feet during a drill. Obviously). When I
look down right now I see road rash on my left shin. Puny road rash…but it’s
there and I’m proud of it!

6. How has roller derby changed your perspective on life or yourself?

I am amazed at all the things I can do now that I couldn’t do two months ago and
I that I honestly never thought I’d ever be able to do. I don’t usually do
things I’m not inherently good at in case I look like an idiot or end up not
being able to do it. There are lots of things I can’t do yet, but I keep
trying. I look like an idiot A LOT, but everyone is so patient and encouraging,

it’s easier to be patient and encouraging with myself.

The Big O 2013 – A recap

Miss our latest tournament down in Eugene?  Read Swagger Jackie’s recap for all the details!
~~~
May 2013 marked the second annual “Big O” roller derby tournament, hosted by Eugene’s very own Emerald City Roller Dolls. Last year’s Big O, was more of a trial run, hosting some sanctioned bouts, (bouts that affect teams national rankings) and other just-for-fun type bouts, where girls from any league could team up and take on another mixed team. After much success last year, ECRD decided to up the ante this year: More tracks, more teams, more vendors, more derby. Women’s teams, men’s teams, and juniors alike would be competing this time around. Not only would they pull teams from all around the West, like the 2012 tournament… they would be going International! Teams from London, and Australia even made their way over to what local newspapers were calling “Flat Track Town USA.” One of the 24 teams in attendance, would be our very own S*M*A*S*H Unit!
S*M*A*S*H was deemed the “underdog” team before the tournament had even started…but they weren’t about to let that do anything but fuel their desire to win. STDD went into the Big O ready to prove that they were competitors. And that’s exactly what they did when they laced up their skates, and took the track against Bremerton, WA Slaughter County Roller Vixens. It was the opening bout of the tournament, and boy was it a nailbiter! As someone in the crowd, I had at least a dozen spectators ask me where STDD was from. They were shocked to know that the girls had only driven just under an hour to compete this weekend. Those who had never watched the girls in blue play before, were cheering and rooting for the “underdogs.” A crowd favorite, Ill-Ninja, ducked in and out of packs, and juked out of big sweeping hits. With more than a few lead changes the fans were on the edge of their seats, and anyone in the building was gathered around track two. No one would have guessed that Sick Town, ranked at 135 would even come within 100 points of Slaughter, ranked at 83. After many lead changes, and power jams in both teams favor, Sick town was up with only a few minutes left on the clock. In the last jam of the opening bout though, we found Sick Town’s jammer in the box and Slaughter barely pulling away with a victory. The final score: 198-210. Although this bout was a “loss,” Sick Town became the crowd favorite for the remainder of the weekend. Those who hadn’t seen them as a threat before, were in for quite the surprise!
The next day, S*M*A*S*H entered the tournament, ready to go. This time, taking on the Humboldt Roller girls, ranked 65. This would go on to be a very trying bout. Both teams showed fantastic teamwork, footwork, and strategy. Sick Town had a hard time staying out of the penalty box as the game grew more and more physical, and as Humboldt had a series of high point power jams. As Humboldt racked up the points, Sick Town got back in the game, putting a large number of unmatched points on the board, and kept the score within 70 points, further showing those who doubted Sick Town, that they were a force to be reckoned with. The final score ended up being 193 to 135 in favor of Humboldt. Sick Town continued to win the crowd’s heart with their heart, determination, and skill.
Going into the final day of the tournament, Sick Town would be taking on a team often called, “under-rated.” Treasure Valley Rollergirls, from Boise were ready for a battle. They had also come off of a loss to Humboldt the day before, and to salt the wound… it was by a single point. The bout against TVR (ranked 85,) was a bout that if had to be described in one word, would be: physical. Although they were ranked lower than that of Slaughter County, they proved that they weren’t there to mess around. TVR skater Scarlett Danger was played in heavy rotation, as she was a one-man blocking force, holding back our jammers, while TVR’s jammers racked up the points. Sick Town rarely had “four on the floor” (all blockers out of the penalty box) which was much to their detriment. But they never gave up, and the announcers and fans couldn’t get enough of our girls! A final score of 275-94 in favor of TVR ended the game, and the tournament for STDD. It was a well fought game, in which the score didn’t reflect the level of game play that STDD delivered.
All In all, it was a weekend that changed many things for S*M*A*S*H. They were a competitor that  many teams weren’t ready for, and they were ready to begin taking on teams that they had never thought they would be able to before. Not only a fan favorite of the weekend, they rolled in, played their game, and proved that they deserved to be there. Underdogs who?

SMASH of the Month: Rollin’ Rebel #50

rebel

Interview by Block Jawz

I remember the first time I was privileged enough to meet Rebel. It wasn’t long ago at an endurance practice. Intimidating is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the force I saw skating around the track. She is so strong and fast, a force to be reckoned with,  no doubt! I can say I strive for even half of what she brings to the track, so to be able to ask her questions about derby was an honor. 

Jawz: It takes a lot of dedication and determination to play roller derby. What motivates you to stick to it?

Rebel: My motivation comes from knowing this is a good chance to challenge myself and to improve every time I put my skates on.

Jawz: Everyone advances at their own pace, how long did it take you to move up the derby ladder? Have you always been a skater?

Rebel:  I was a rink rat when I was young. So I’ve had experience on skates before. However it was about 20 years before I put them on again to join roller derby. For me, it was like riding a bike. I never forgot how to skate and this is a big step in the roller derby direction. With luck I moved up the ladder pretty quickly.  It took about 3 months get my skate feet on again and learn the skills basics and the rules of derby to move up to bout pool. One month after that, I advanced up to SMASH.

Jawz: What advice do you have for anyone that is just starting derby?

Rebel:  My advice would be don’t give up!! Keep trying!! It’s hard at first to learn all the rules and details that come along with this sport. We are an elite group. Not everybody can play this sport. It’s a very physical sport and sometimes you can get hurt, but it’s the best feeling when you can get out there and exceed your limitations.

Jawz: How do you prepare for the bouts? Is there certain music or meditation you do to get you in “bout mode”?

Rebel:  When I prepare for bouts, I listen to heavy metal really loud!! I visualize knocking the other team on their collective arse, and flying around the track. Knocking the other jammer on her arse…. yeah, that’s my meditation.

Jawz: What is your favorite thing about derby in general?

Rebel:  My favorite thing about Derby is the physical contact aspect of the sport. It’s also a great workout!! The  relationship I have with my team is special. In general I’m a very antisocial person, so being a part of this sport has helped me open up to people. I have come to love my team as they are super supportive, kind, loving women.

SMASH Skater of the Month – DQ #889

dq_sotm

 

Tox: How did you discover roller derby?
DQ: For the last couple of years my husband and I had mentioned many times that we wanted to check out a roller derby bout. It took a long time but we finally got the perfect chance in late September last year. We were invited to the Sick Town bout against SORG through the fire dept. My husband volunteered as an EMT and I was hooked instantly. I attended the new skater orientation the following Tuesday and was at my first practice within the week. Funny story – I had no idea how derby teams/leagues worked so while at the bout I bought a t-shirt from SORG as I had convinced myself that SORG was the entire Oregon league name and Sick Town was only one of the many teams.

Tox: List your most notable derby injuries.
DQ: I really only have 1 memorable injury to date, and it’s currently still healing. During a Saturday practice I somehow managed to fall straight down with my leg tucked under me and landed on one of my wheels. I had a perfect wheel imprinted on my bum, bearing included. It quickly turned to a bright purple splotch that took up a good amount of one cheek. It would wake me up at night when I rolled over. Aside from that it’s been minor bruises and scrapes…knock on wood.

Tox: How did you select your derby name and number?
DQ: I really wanted a name that pertained to what I do and the population of kids that I work with. I came up with Miss Demeaner pretty quickly, but was told it was already taken. Days later I received an e-mail from the lovely Phoenix Stark that she had come up with a name for me – Dylan Quent (delinquent). I loved it instantly! I’ve changed it up a tad to DylanQuint, but it’s something I never would have come up with on my own. I’m grateful for others’ creativity. As for my number, when my daughter first started talking she would, as all kids do, repeat everything I said. When I would give my club card number to the gas attendant she would repeat and yell out the window “889!” It got to the point where she said it all the time, the answer to most questions was “889.”

Tox: When not being a derby badass, what do you do for work?
DQ: I work as an educational assistant for Lane County 4J school district. I teach in the juvenile detention center with youth offenders and also in a secure treatment center for juveniles. I really love my work and the kids that I work with.

Tox: What are your non-derby hobbies/activities/hidden talents?
DQ: I enjoy being crafty, or at least attempting to be crafty. I love scrapbooking though I don’t find much time to do it these days. I really enjoy traveling and am determined to travel outside the country at some point in my life. I LOVE the water and used to spend my summer’s wakeboarding. In all honesty though, at this point in time, I just love being with my daughter. Be it watching Madagascar for the 467th time or searching the backyard for ladybugs together, I’m most happy when I’m with her.

Tox: What was your favorite Holiday or Birthday present received as a kid?
DQ: I have a terrible memory and there’s no one present that stands out in my mind. I do, however, remember the big surprise party that my dad threw me for my 16th birthday. My dad lives in Maine and I would spend summer’s there, with him. I remember driving home from work (dad next to me as I only had my permit) and wondering why our dead-end road was lined with cars. I quickly noticed family and friends spilling out of the house and onto the lawn. There was a volleyball game going in the front and cousins all over the place. Dad said “surprise, happy birthday” as I pulled in the driveway. It was so thoughtful of him to do and was so nice to see all of my East Coast family in one place.

Tox: List 3 things that you plan to accomplish in 2013?
DQ: 3 things I plan to accomplish this year…
I really want to improve my endurance/speed as a whole in derby, but specifically want to do 30 in 5 without feeling like I’m having a heart attack.
I would really love yo be in an actual bout by the time 2013 is done. I figure there’s always the intra league bout at the end of the year, so that should be feasible.

Volunteer of the Month – Inspektor Spaceman

spaceman

Interview by Meat Candy

Inspektor Spaceman is one of Sick Town’s busiest volunteers. Not only is he a fine ref, but he is also a trainer for Sick Town’s Candy Stripers. His fellow men’s derby players of Lane County Concussion (LCC) speak highly of not only his ability and strength, they also admire his dedication to the sport. Sick Town is so very lucky to have Spaceman on our Officiating crew! Inspektor Spaceman indeed has a Heart of Gold.

MC: What brought you into the derby world? Was it a gradual gravitational pull? Asteroid landing? Let’s have the science fiction version.

Spaceman: Well I had a run in with Xur over a small debt I owed him after losing a game of Dom-Jot.  So he sent the Ko-Dan armada to collect the golden bail of prosperity from my ship’s drive as he felt that it would sufficiently cover my losses.  I disagreed with him, as did my ship, and we ended up here on Earth as this planet seemed to have the highest probability of keeping us hidden.

MC: You are a derby player yourself. How long have you been with LCC? What are some differences you see in Mens’ Derby vs. Women’s Derby?

Spaceman: I have been playing with LCC a little over a year now. The biggest difference that I see is that men have a tendency to rely more on their size/strength and, maybe sweat more, while women are a little more about finesse if that makes any sense.

MC: Your daughter, Mouv’ Fasta, plays for the Candy Stripers. Do the two of you talk about derby all the time? What other fun stuff do you do together?

Spaceman: We don’t talk derby all of the time if you can believe it.  Especially since between us we must skate four or five times a week so that is about enough derby for us.  Outside of derby we watch movies, sing songs, smell the roses, dance and crack wise.

MC: When you have so many derby space helmets ( LCC Men’s Derby, Junior Derby Trainer, Ref,) how do you keep them separate from your other helmets (family, work, play)?

Spaceman: A sonic screwdriver, anti-gravity dancing shoes, and a Heart of Gold!

MC: If you could play or train with any skaters in the world who would they be and why? Top 5.

Spaceman: I couldn’t name five because I really want to play with and train with every skater.  Each and every person, from the freshest meat to the top world skaters, amazes me, astounds me, inspires me, and has something to teach me.

MC: What advice do you have for anyone wanting to ref for Sick Town? What about it do you like most?

Spaceman:  My only advice is to give it a shot, have a thick skin, and be willing to be a part of something beautiful.  Sick Town and, specifically the ref crew, are a very welcoming, supportive, and fun group of people who I feel proud and lucky to be a part of.

Beginner of the Month – Hilary

hilary

DQ: Tell me about your first Sick Town experience.
Hilary: The first thing I noticed when I was driving into Corvallis on our move here last August was the Sick Town sign on Highway 20. I got really excited and pointed it out to my husband and said “ I want to do that!”. It remained in the back of my mind while we settled in and I found a job, etc. I finally attended a bout in the fall and said, “Ok, I have to do this!”. I went to the following new skater orientation and attended a newby practice and have been fitting in as many practices as my schedule will allow since then.

DQ: What made you decide to start playing roller derby?
Hilary: I had attended a practice almost ten years ago when I was living in the Bay Area and just couldn’t make the time and money commitments work for my life at the time to actually join. I have wanted to find a league and skate ever since then. I think derby is an amazing form of exercise and a great opportunity to form a community of women. I was nervous about moving to Corvallis because we didn’t know many people in the area and the few we knew had plans to move sooner than later and I thought derby would be a great way to meet rad women.

DQ: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Hilary: Most people I meet today would not guess that I am a newly sworn in lawyer in the state of California. I also like to shock people by telling them that while studying for the bar I lived on a blueberry farm in a holler in rural Tennessee. Our water was spring fed from the water fall behind our house that ran in a creek under our A-frame on stilts. We also had an outhouse. Sometimes our water supply would run dry and my husband and I would take soap and bathe in the creek. It was an amazing adventure but I am happy everyday for our indoor toilet in Corvallis!

DQ: Have you been thinking much about a derby name? Are there any in the running?
Hilary: I am in the process of registering my name right now! ( I am emailing folks with possible similarities). I chose the name Loretta Spinn. I love classic female country artists, especially Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.

DQ: Do you have any prior experience with skating?
Hilary: I have a lot of memories of going to the awesome retro skating rink in my hometown while growing up. My favorite thing was that they sold pickle juice frozen in ice-cube trays on a toothpick for 5 cents. They were called picklesicles. Before my first practice I probably hadn’t been on skates in 10 years.

DQ: What is your life like outside of derby? Work, hobbies, hidden talents?
Hilary: I work at the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence as a shelter advocate. I live in Corvallis with my husband, my dog Maybelline, my cat, Jimmy Catwell, and 5 newly hatched chickens in an incubator in our spare room. I love to garden and cook. My husband and I also love to go crabbing at the coast and drinking in dive bars. I don’t have any hidden talents but I have a hidden tattoo. Inside my lip it says “esq.” Which is the title you earn when you become an attorney. I got this tattoo right before I started law school as a way to deter myself from dropping out.

DQ: How do your family and friends feel about you playing roller derby?
Hilary: They all think it is awesome. My parents have both bragged about it on their Facebook pages. My coworkers especially think it’s great and a few of them are die-hard Sick Town bout attendees.

Sponsor of the Month – 2 Towns Ciderhouse

2 towns

Owners of Two Towns Lee Larsen, Dave Takush, and Aaron Sarnoff-Wood —living in 2 different towns — banded together with meager savings, a love of craft brewing and cider to launch 2 Towns Ciderhouse. This trinity seeks to advance the cider craft industry through mixing both old and new cider techniques and experimentation.

Toxic Trollop: Tell me about Two Towns.

Aaron Sarnoff-Wood: So Two Towns we produce hard apple cider, I’m sure as most folks know. We started in 2010, with that guy over there, That’s Lee Larsen, and myself (Aaron Sarnoff) We were always just home brewers, and decided we wanted to do something other than our day jobs for the rest of our lives. We started brewing out of a garage and after a year we ran out of space real quick, we moved
into this place and as you can see we are filling this place up pretty quick too. Our goal is to bring craft hard apple cider back, it used to be a pretty popular drink in the us before prohibition, and we want to bring it back.

TT: …and that is what made you choose cider over beer?

AS: Don’t get me wrong it takes a lot of beer to make cider. We like beer and we enjoy being able to work with brewing industry in general, there are so many great breweries in Oregon.. but both of us had spent some time in Europe and there is a cider culture that didn’t exist in the US. And we were finding all of these fantastic ciders from our travels in Europe and then coming home we couldn’t really find anything. So we decided, if we can’t find it, we’d make it.

TT: What is your favorite cider to date?

AS: Ooooh, That’s a good question. I am pretty fond of our Pommeau it is an Apple Port and its 19% Alcohol.

TT: What lead you to your sponsorship with Sick Town?

AS: Well you guys Rock! You know, I kinda liked it, I felt a kin to it as far as it isn’t a mainstream sport, it is definitely exciting and it is definitely growing really quick, and it felt like Sick Town had a similar feel and message that we did.

TT: What do you think of Flat Track Derby?

AS: I’ve been to a couple of bouts, it looks rough and tough, and it looks pretty fun. I think it’s a fast sport, I think it’s really great that its had as much influence on young women as it has, I think its one of the few viable sports that women really get to take, I mean most sports are off-shoots of male dominated sports, and are like…”Oh and here is the girls’ team.”

TT: What can we look forward to in the future of Two Towns flavors and ciders?

AS: Well, in the next 30 days… we have the Rhubarbarian coming out it’s a rhubarb hard apple cider, we’ve got a special release of Ginja Ninja. Which our two ginger cider makers paired together to make a ginger hard apple cider. We’ve got the Bourbon Honey Special Sauce, that will be coming out at the end of the summer.

TT: Are those going to be seasonal?

AS: Well we have our seasonal and then we will have our special release line, and those will be available on tap only in our tasting room and available in bottles in select shops around Corvallis.

TT: What is your favorite aspect of owning your own Ciderhouse?

AS: Well like I said as hectic as it is, its great to be the master of your own destiny, It is relativity a new experience for all of us,
we have all worked for other people up until now and its pretty amazing having our own crew that depends on us to make all the right
decisions.

TT: Well, Aaron thank you for taking the time today to let me interview you, I think its time for some sampling downstairs.

AS: Sure, not a problem, enjoy.