Things Get Colorful With Red Stick Roller Derby

On Saturday, April 20, Red Stick Roller Derby decided that Baton Rouge could use a little more color.  That’s why we went ahead and signed up to volunteer for the Color Run Baton Rouge.  The Color Run is just about what it sounds like, but in case you didn’t know, the race is a 5K where people, well, throw different colors at the runners at each color station.  Our group of volunteers were heads of the Pink Station, which was located right next to Louisiana’s State Capitol.

The Color Run sponsors a charity in each city that it visits, with Baton Rouge’s charity being Louisiana Runs.  Louisiana Runs provides support to individuals and organizations dedicated to the advocacy and advancement of running in the state of Louisiana.

We’ve created an album of photos of the bright and very, very pink day over on our Facebook.  Go flip through them HERE!

In addition, The Advocate has been so kind as to post photos from the race, including quite a few shots from the aforementioned Pink Station.  They also gave Baton Rouge’s roller derby league a shoutout.  You can look at the Advocate’s photos HERE.

Thanks go out to Advocate staff photographer Heather McClelland.

And remember, Red Stick Roller Derby is back in action on May 18th at Leo’s Rollerland, as your Capital Defenders will take on the East Texas Bombers of Jacksonville, Texas.  Tickets are on sale soon, but in the mean time you can RSVP on our Facebook event page or check out more info on our blog entry.

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The Advocate’s “FUN” Section – 3/22/2013

The fine folks over at Baton Rouge’s The Advocate were kind enough to include a couple of photos of us in their “FUN” section the Friday before SPACE JAM.

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NOLA.com/Times Picayune – 3/20/2013

NOLA.com/Times Picayune Baton Rouge entertainment writer Chelsea Brasted stopped by practice on March 19th to ask us about all things roller derby.  Check out Dr. Math, Val Killmore, and Little Miss Maggot in the piece below!

See the video portion of the article right HERE.

Red Stick Roller Derby returns for 5th bouting season March 23

By Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune NOLA.com
on March 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The lean, mean ladies of the Red Stick Roller Derby return for their fifth bouting season March 23 at the River Center in Baton Rouge. The local league, which is comprised of two teams (the All-Stars and the Capital Defenders), kicks off the year with bouts against the Mississippi Rollergirls and the Emerald Coast Roller Derby.
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We Get Chatty with “Me and My Big Mouth”

We visited downtown Baton Rouge’s Restaurant IPO this past Monday to sit down and chat with the Me and My Big Mouth podcast.  Topics included:  the origin and current state of the sport, the process of selecting a derby name, March 23rd’s Space Jam, and how we <3 our zebra squad, among other things.

To listen, go to episode 80 here (Android users should click here).

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The Daily Reveille – 2/21/2013

We sat down to chat with The Daily Reveille’s Rebecca Docter of LSU.  The result? “Roller Derby brings new sport to Baton Rouge”.  Give it a read!

VIDEO:  The Daily Reveille: Red Stick Roller Derby Practice and Skirmish

On a typical weekday, Sharon Tohline is in the classroom teaching English. But when the weekend rolls around, Tohline is buzzing around a track on roller skates sporting fishnet tights and a sleeveless jersey that reads “Villainelle,” the name of her alter ego.

She zooms quickly to her left, her work skates cutting against the track, dodging a player from the opposing team while trying to defend her own at the same time.

Tohline, a University alumna, discovered the spectacle of roller derby when her friend, then a player for Red Stick Roller Derby, handed her a flier at a burlesque show. At 31, she is now one of the oldest players on the team.

“I thought, ‘I need to do this,’” Tohline said.

With references to roller derby sprouting everywhere from Rolling Stone to the 2009 film “Whip It,” a grassroots roller derby movement has begun.  (more…)

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