Roller derby squad on track


The Borderland Roller Derby is rolling right along.
The squad is nearing 30 regulars, with organizer Crystal Caul hoping to pick up a few new members after the fledgling league had a booth at last weekend’s trade show.
“We had 23 out the first time, and then we had four new girls last practice,” noted Caul.
Practices are slated each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena, but participants also have been skating outdoors at Crossroads School in Devlin and at the Alberton rink.
Because not all players have roller skates and protective equipment at this point, the team is unable to hold full-out practices.
But that should change within a couple of weeks.
Caul estimated about seven team members have their gear while equipment for many of the others is expected to roll in shortly.
“Probably another week or two, and everyone should have their stuff, because it takes about 10 days to get it,” she explained.
“A bunch of girls just ordered theirs this weekend because they were waiting to see if they were going to like it before they ordered their stuff,” Caul added.
To see the sport in action, 10 team members went to Duluth to check out a “bout” on May 1.
The first showdown matched Bemidji with the “fresh meat” (or rookies) of Duluth while the Duluth senior team took on La Crosse, Wis.
“The girls loved it,” enthused Caul.
“It was their first time so now they’re all pumped,” she added.
For those looking to get more information, contact Caul at 274-8483 or via e-mail at