Saturday bout is part of senior project

Deborra Brannon
Jefferson State Roller Derby members take a break from practice. Front row, left to right, Annie Filth, Lego, and Dana Skully. Second row, Diva Destruction, Hurricane Takrina Reckless Reg, Bettie HaSkull, and Sonata Frayed. Back row, Lucille brawl, Out of Order, Locked & Logan'd, Whip-a-Ho, and Mandatory Execution. Lego is Weed High School senior Acacia Coates, who is helping with the team's upcoming bout as part of her senior project.

Weed High School senior Acacia Coates is helping the Jefferson State Roller Derby team prepare for Saturday evening’s bout as part of her senior project.

Competitive sports interest Acacia as a way of developing sportsmanship and to “prepare you for the real world,” she said. The written part of her senior project will address just that.

“I think competitive sports are more positive than negative,” she said. “Rather than getting things handed to you, in the real world you have to earn what you want.”

She said too often young people are told that everyone’s a winner, “when that’s not really true.”

Acacia feels that playing competitive sports is a good way to learn how to communicate with others and how to “have a goal and work hard to reach it.

Though she cannot participate in bouts until she’s 18 years old, Acacia is already a member of the Jefferson State team, which is scheduled to host the Sis-Q Rollerz of Medford Saturday at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta.

Her role is to make sure everything is running smoothly during the event.

The doors open for the bout at 5:30 p.m. and the derby starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Jefferson State president Regina Weston emphasized that it will be a “kid-friendly” event.

“We’re all moms, and our families are very heavily involved in the team,” she said.

In an effort to get younger people excited about roller derby the Jefferson State team is offering special ticket pricing to students.

Students who show a student ID at the door can purchase a ticket for $5. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.

Weston said for every bout the team schedules, one local community organization is chosen to receive a portion of the proceeds.

“For this bout we’ve chosen the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Siskiyou County,” Weston said.

Advance tickets are available at Small Town Ink in Mount Shasta, at Old Skool Ink in Yreka, from any of the derby team members, and online through Brown Paper Tickets.