Memorial Hall-The All-Stars have returned home after a hard go of it in Denver. Where once there was confidence, now the air feels somber. It is the last game of the season as well as the final game for Xcelerator. She has been with the league for ten years, but after tonight she has decided to hang up her skates. X was named MVP when The All-Stars won The Championships back in ’07. When Snot Rocket played for The Dorothys, theirs was a rivalry that always drew a crowd. She will be missed by fans and players alike as, I’m sure, we all wish her well on her future endeavors.
On this night, The Music City All Stars have travelled from Nashville, Tennessee to take on KCRW. The Rollergirls have been in a bit of a slump lately and are looking for a win to help turn things around. The Roller Warriors are currently ranked 52 and just want to be able to maintain that ranking since, after tonight, all other possibilities to advance are over. To make that happen, Kansas City will have to win the game by a 2 to 1 point percentage.
The game started off with the crowd singing The National Anthem, which actually turned out well for a spontaneous event. The teams were introduced and the game was soon underway.
For the first jam, Music City sent Jigglewatts to take the line against hometown favorite JessiKa Boom. Boom was all business as she made Lead Jammer, scored four unanswered points and shut down the Jam. Helping to set the pace of the game, Shuvee Gremlin took Lead Jammer over The Truth and put up 18 points. The score was now 22 to 0 in favor of KC. Music City finally showed up on the scoreboard when Sure Lee Mental took on acting captain Sk8l Attraction and put up four points. JessiKa Boom was back on the line in Jam 4. This time she was up against Nikki Slix. Boom took Lead Jammer while Slix got hung up in the pack. She passed the star to Gnarley Quinn who did manage to put one point on the board but not before Boom scored 19. The score was now 41 to 5 in favor of KC. Sk8l went up against The Truth in Jam 6 and not only got lead but put up 15 unanswered points.
Music City started to get a rally in the 9th when Jigglewatts lost the lead to Sk8l Attraction and got hung up in the pack but, she managed to pass the star to Electra Cal who managed to put 9 points on the board when Sk8l went to the penalty box before the jam came to an end. The score was now 68 to 14, still in KC’s favor. The Truth came out for the 10th but got hung up with the defense. Sk8l was released from the box and got Lead jammer and scored 5 unanswered points and this time, The Truth went to the box as the jam ended. JessiKa Boom took the line for the 11th and got lead. The Truth came out of the box but got hung up in the pack so she passed the star to Gnarley Quinn who ended up scoring 8 points but, not before Boom scored 19. The score was now 92 to 22. By Halftime the score was 114 to 49.
The second period started looking better for Music City. JessiKa Boom and Nikki Slix lined up for the first jam. Boom got sent to the box on a cut track call and Slix got lead as well as 6 unanswered points. In the 4th, Boom went up against Incredible Hull who managed to get lead and score 5 points. The score was now 129 to 66. Nikki Slix got lead again in Jam 6 over Shuvee Gremlin and brought the score to 129 to 72. This did not last long as Boom and Sure Lee Mental took the line for the 7th and Boom got lead and 19 unanswered points. Unfortunately, she also got a forearm call against her and went to the box. Incredible Hull came out for the 8th and managed to score 5 points. 150 to 77. In Jam 23, Lady Killshot got lead over Incredible Hull and put up 8 unanswered points. The score was now 194 to 99 and there was just over two minutes left on the clock. There is no hope of a Music City victory but if KC does not put up 5 unanswered points, they drop in the rankings.
Xcelerator and The Truth take the line. The whistle blows and X cuts through the pack and gets lead as The Truth picks up a back block call and goes to the box. X now has a Power Jam! She is trying to make the most of it when she gets called for cutting the track. Xcelerator goes to the box giving The Truth a Power Jam. The defense is all over her as the final seconds tick off the Jam Clock. As the whistle blows and the points are tallied, Xcelerator saved the day one last time, 211 to 101!
It was a season that started off with so much promise and even though things did not turn out as well they could have, The All-Stars did better than they did last season, and that is what we have to come away from this season with. You have to have faith that next season will be better. Hopefully, there will be high retention and with a few more rookies like we had this year, I can see some great things happening in the year to come. There are some Plan B players who will gain some more experience and most likely move up in the next charter.
While we’re on the subject of Plan B, their season is not over yet. On July 15th, they will play hostess to The Tulsa County Valkyries and The Capital City Crushers in a round robin tournament at Memorial Hall. You won’t want to miss this. Also coming up in July, The Junior Warriors start their season on the 8th. The derby action is not over yet, folks! See you in July!
Denver, CO.-The day got started with KCRW going up against The Sacrificers from Sacred City. JessiKa Boom lined up against Ariel La-Twister. Ariel got lead and drew first blood, putting four unanswered points on the board. Xcelerator was next in the line up and she was able to put four points up but The Sacrificers still led by two points. The All-Stars trailed until Jam 11 when X put them in the lead, 37 to 31. There would be two more lead changes and then a tie score and then The Sacrificers were leading 87 to 77 by Halftime.
Things still felt positive at this time. They were behind, but nothing that could not easily be made up. The second half, unfortunately, was where things started to fall apart. The All-Stars were starting to rack up penalties and it ultimately hurt them as far as trying to get a good rally was concerned. In the end, The Sacrificers took 10th place, leaving KCRW with 11th.
The fight for 8th place was quick and concise. Treasure Valley's All Stars took on The Saddletramps from Tucson and just came out swinging. Treasure Valley was ahead 131 to 29 at the half and won the game, 225 to 119.
No Coast had taken 7th place yesterday so that left Wasatchs' Midnight Terror and The Boulder County Bombers' All-Stars to play for 5th Place. Midnight Terror had a fight on their hands early in the first period, but they were leading 92 to 47 by Halftime. They won 5th Place, 189 to 126.
Things started to get interesting by the time Jet City's Bombers and Sac City's Capital Punishers were competing for 3rd Place. The Bombers took control early and dominated the whole game with the final score of 141 to 95.
When 1st Place is on the line, the competitive spirit comes out and it was in full force as Rocky Mountain's Fight Club took on Arizona's Tent City Terrors. Fight Club took an early lead and held it through the first half, 99 to 70. It was in the second period that The Tent City Terrors started to chip away at their lead until, eventually, they were on top and then there was no stopping them. The Tent City Terrors won The Besterns Trophy, 246 to 141.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 17th when The All-Stars will take on The Music City Brawl Stars from Nashville at Memorial Hall.
Today started weeding out the girls from the women, as far as the rankings are concerned. The first game of the day was between Boulder County Bombers' All-Stars and Treasure Valley's All Stars. Boulder County came to play and dominated early. They were leading 93 to 78 at Halftime but Treasure Valley started to close the gap in the 2nd Period, just not fast enough. The final score was 182 to 174. Boulder County would have another game later that day, Treasure Valley will come back tomorrow for a shot at a lower ranking.
The second game or Game 9, for those of you playing along with the bracket, was between No Coast's Mad Maxines and Sacred City's Sacrificers. The Mad Maxines may have been off their game yesterday but they found their groove today and showed The Sacrificers a few things. They won the game 228 to 187 and would move on to play again later. The Sacrificers were done for the day.
Game 10 saw The All-Stars of Kansas City take on Wasatch's Midnight Terror. Yesterday was an off day for The All-Stars. Anybody will admit to that. They were missing players, they were in a strange city and on a strange floor. It just was not their game. You could see it from the minute they took the track to warm up. Today, the players were all here, they looked relaxed and well rested. The warm ups looked good, the team looked strong. It was as if our team had made it back from Philadelphia or parts unknown where things go that get lost. This correspondent had a good feeling about the game. Wassatch had put up a good fight last night but, we would be ready for them. When the game started and the first Jam was underway, it was a thing of beauty. The defense was in total sync with each other, and JessiKa Boom was jamming. She scored 9 unanswered points. It felt like she was setting the pace of the game. Unfortunately, the next Jam is where things started to go wrong for KCRW. Midnight Terror scored 10 points and started to become our waking nightmare. By Halftime, the score was 118 to 53 in their favor, and a couple of our players were flirting with injuries as the medics escorted them off the track. Luckily, nothing was serious enough to warrant anything more than sitting out for two jams. By the end, the score was 235 to 104 and not in our favor. Wassatch would continue the race for 5th place while The All-Stars will return tomorrow to fight it out for 10th.
Game 11 had The Mad Maxines returning to take on Boulder County. The Bombers All-Stars made quick work of the Nebraska team and, thanks to an 11 team bracket, No Coast finished the tournament in 7th Place. Everybody else still has to wait until tomorrow.
Game 12 saw Wasatch spreading their Midnight Terror over The Tucson Saddletramps. The final score on that was 169 to 137.
Game 13 was where The Capital Punishers of Sac City got shut down by The tent City Terrors of Arizona 250 to 112.
One of the closest games in the tournament happened between Rocky Mountains Fight Club and The Jet City Bombers All Stars. The All Stars led 82 to 70 at Halftime but then, a little at a time, Fight Club lived up to their name and came back for a final score of 182 to 158.
Tune in tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. (MST) to see if KCRW can take 10th place. Remember them if you go to church.