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Southbound Rollers on the roll again

Get ready for some fast-paced skating action as the Minnesota Southbound Rollers kick off their season against the Skunk River Riot on Saturday.

According to team member Stephanie “Blaze” Blaser, most of the 13 active members are returning veterans. However, there are three new “fresh meat” players on this year’s roster.

One of the players to watch this season is Carley “DEAFiler” Carranza, a blocker/jammer whom Blaser describes as “fierce” and who has “the best footwork out there.” Another player to watch is Marie “Loca” Karow, another blocker/jammer who says she will be “tearing up the track on Saturday.”

The Southbound Rollers have four derbies scheduled for this season:

•May 20 vs. Skunk River Riot in Austin

•July 15 vs. Midwest Maidens in Brookings, South Dakota

•Aug. 19 Area roller derby mixer in Austin

•Sept. 30 vs. Skunk River Riot in Ames, Iowa

Saturday’s home opener will be held at 7 p.m. at Packer Arena. Doors and vendors will open at 6 p.m. There will be an after party after the match.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance at http://www.minnesotasouthboundrollers.com/tickets.html) or $12 at the door. For large group arrangements or VIP access, please email minnesotasouthboundrollers@gmail.com or send them a message. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the United Way of Mower County.

For more information, email minnesotasouthboundrollers@gmail.com.