May’s Capital Defender of the Month: The Schexorcist!

Name: The Schexorcist
Number: 666

What’s the story behind your name and number?
My last name is Schexnayder.  My favorite movie is The Exorcist.  So, why not put them together?  A lot of people have a hard time pronouncing it for some reason, so I just tell them to call me Schexy.  The number 666 was chosen because it goes with The Exorcist and I sometimes think I am a beast.  Plus, I love math and 666 is the sum of the first 36 natural numbers.  Betcha didn’t know that!

What positions do you play?
I mostly play as a Blocker, but occasionally I will wear the stripe as a Pivot.

What is your favorite thing about derby?
My favorite thing about roller derby is my teammates.  In this sport you meet some amazing people who, no matter what, make you feel like you’ve won even when the scoreboard displays it differently.  That is the best feeling. If you’re having fun, you’re always winning.  Another favorite thing about roller derby is my little derby sis, Jams P. Skullivan.  She is the closest thing I have to a real sister.  She is a great player, a great derby sister, and a big reason as to why I keep loving this sport.

What first attracted you to the sport?
I love working out, so naturally I knew I would love it.  I met my first roller girl, Unholy Horror, at an audition.  I asked her a couple of questions and just knew I wanted to give it a try.  A couple months later I showed up at my first practice not knowing what I was getting in to.  Thanks, Horror!

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from playing?
It’s not so much as what I have learned from playing roller derby, but what roller derby has done for me.  It changes your life.  I was conditioned from birth to be a dancer, a dancer who just happened to play sports, gracefully.  It took some time for me to learn that hitting someone on purpose was actually okay and that you didn’t have to say, “I’m sorry” even though it’s still a habit for me.  Roller derby has taught me the importance of team spirit and teamwork.  I have become stronger being surrounded by other strong and powerful women.  We are a team on and off the track.  I admire them because they work hard, sacrifice a part of their lives, and push themselves to continue to do what they love.

What are your goals as a player?
Simple:  Have fun.

What is your most memorable moment on the track?
Every second on the track is memorable, but skating next to, training with, and talking to roller derby GREATS each year at RollerCon really does it for me.  These include my health coach, Krissy Krash, Isabelle Ringer, Quadzilla, Bonnie D. Stroir, Smarty Pants, Trish the Dish, Jackie Daniels, Hot Wheels, and Demanda Riot.

What type of gear do you prefer?
DBX 5′s from Crazy Skates! Best skates ever!  As far as protective gear, Triple 8, but more recently I am testing out 187s.  Not quite in love with them yet.  I recently switched to S-One helmets and I am very satisfied with them.

Do you have a favorite song to skate to or a theme song?
Van Helsing’s Curse, “Tubular Hell”, of course.  It just fills me with um, evil.

What is your favorite sign or cheer you’ve seen or heard from the crowd?
My favorite sign is probably the one that had my derby photo, name, and number on it with the phrase, “Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.”

If you could arm wrestle any person in the league, who would you arm wrestle and why?
Now why couldn’t it be a leg wrestle?  I have muscles there!  Ok, I would probably choose one of our referees, Velocireftor, because he would give up the minute I waved an inflatable pink dolphin in the air with my other hand.  Guess you had to be there, but what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!  Love you, Reftor

Is there a teammate with whom you work the best?
I work well with many of my teammates, but I have a lot of fun working with Ellen Ram Page because she makes me laugh, and Toni Smasheries because I think she is a mind reader, crazy, and just fun to skate next to.

What sports did you play before you laced up the quads and took to the flat track?
In my younger years I played basketball, volleyball, and softball. I also danced for 26 years.

Schexorcist, right, closing the elevator doors with Villainelle

What do you do when you’re not skating?
My non-derby life is very interesting. Where do I begin?  I suppose with the number one love in my life, The 13th Gate!  It is my 15th year with Midnight Productions, the parent company which operates two of the top haunted attractions in the nation, The 13th Gate and Necropolis 13.  I am the Stage Manager for both haunted houses which together totals over 250 scary employees.  It is quite a challenging job, never boring, and constantly keeps me on my toes.  I am also a Health and Wellness Coach with Herbalife and an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay.

Do you have any advice to anyone thinking about taking up derby?
Roll on in!  Where else can you find a group of people who like to compare bruises and wear panties on their heads?

When did you join Red Stick Roller Derby?
On January 26, 2010, one day before my birthday and 20 years since I put on a pair of skates, I trotted in to Leo’s Rollerland with the intention of becoming a referee.  After a couple of laps, I was recruited to be a roller girl instead of a zebra.  Two hours later I was hooked.  The next morning…let’s just say, OW, the most painful birthday ever!

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