Saplings! Photo courtesy Arcata Photo Studios
Hardly an eye stayed dry at Redwood Acres last Thursday. There, in Francesci Hall, the legendary tough ladies of Humboldt Roller Derby's Redwood Rollers turned into mother hens as their young charges – aka Saplings – began their "Friends and Family" bout, complete with announcer Jason calling the action.
The girls, 11-17, negotiated the pack, blocked the jammers, took hits, avoided falling – or, perhaps most profoundly, fell, then clambered back to their feet and kept skating. That's one of the lessons: Not only can girls kick ass, but they can take getting knocked down, bruised up, and still, keep on rolling toward victory.
The Saplings program repeats in the fall. Check the site for sign-ups – and donations are always welcome!
Next regular bout is July 24. Get your tickets early!