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Garnet Grit Betties lace up skates for new, expanded season

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Wasilla-based roller derby instructor "Shocker Khan" and Garnet Grit Betty's skater "Assassin Kate" demonstrate turned-around toe stops at a weekend training bootcamp Saturday at Wrangell High School's gymnasium. Derbiers from Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan pooled together for the training weekend as the new season starts up.

Wrangell's Garnet Grit Betties roller derby team kicked off their new season Saturday, wheeling circles around the high school basketball court together for a preseason weekend bootcamp.

The Betties had their first real season last year, skating in two bouts. Starting this month and lasting through May, this season will be the first where they have had a full, regulation roster of 14 skaters.

"We've done some serious recruiting," said Shawna Buness, the team's head coach. Membership is open to women 18 years and older, down from last year's starting age of 21. Their ages and walks of life m...



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