WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls Crushtown Mafia came away with a 272-79 roller derby victory over The Rolling Hills Derby Dames, from the Lewiston/Clarkston-area, in a bout Sunday at the Walla Walla YMCA.
"(The Derby Dames) were a great team to play," said Sweets organizer Kimi Schroeder. "Nikki Williams (Nik yo Face) skated for the first time since her broken leg in spring and played like she was never gone, and Barb Commare (KrQQl-Aid) skated as well for the first time after a foot injury this last summer.
"Sara Burch (Skittle-licious) skated her last bout on Sunday heading into derby retirement," Schroeder said. "Brun Hellda was our jam mistress this time. This time seemed more about firsts and lasts than stats, as this was also our first home game playing a different league."
Schroeder said 994 people were in attendance, and treated to a halftime show by a young skater from the YMCA's Rockin' Roller skating class, who was celebrating her ninth birthday at the bout.
"She and her party had scooter relay races during halftime, pictures taken with the Roller Girls, and afterwards had their posters and programs signed by the Roller Girls, as well," Schroeder said.
"We celebrated the vets (veterans) by a show of how many vets were in attendance," she said, "and the oldest vet, an 82-year-old Navy man, was our oldest vet in attendance and received a WWSRG shirt."
The Sweets Roller Girls' next home bout is slated for February, with a trip to March set in Everett against the Taco Kickers, Schroeder said.
"It was a great bout with lots of smiles and great sportswomanship the entire time," Schroeder said of Sunday's victory.