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Ragnarok Rollers win bout in Ketchikan


Submitted Photo/ Taylor Balkom / Ketchikan Daily News

Ragnarok Rollers jammer Angela "Dark Flow RideHer" Denning, left, evades Ketchikan Rainforest Rollergirl blockers Dawn "Sea Wolf" Rauwolf and Janet "Blades of Gray" Hanna on Jan. 10 during Petersburg's 213-177 win over Ketchikan at the Gateway Recreation Center.

The Petersburg Ragnarok Rollers won a hard fought battle against the Ketchikan Rainforest Rollergirls last Saturday night.

Head Coach Rebecca Anderson said most of the girls, who have competed in several bouts since the team formed last year, faced off against a motivated group of Ketchikan women.

"They (Ketchikan) came right out of the box, full on strong," Anderson said. "They threw everything they had. The first three or four jams we were behind. It looked bad for a while and I think we all got disheartened for a few minutes. We had to regroup and change some of our bench tactics."

Anderson said her team focused on stopping Ketchikan's jammers, a position that scores points in a roller derby bout, and ensuring Ragnarok's jammers earned lead status-a position that enables the lead jammer to control whether or not jams continue.

Jams are two-minute rounds where each team attempts to score and block opposing jammers from scoring.

Anderson said they worked on stopping Ketchikan's jammers and ensuring Ragnarok earned lead jammer status.

"We caught up and it was kind of a horse race," Anderson said. "A little bit of back and forth here and there. Toward the end we started wearing them down. Our endurance level is what pulled us through."

Petersburg beat Ketchikan 213-177.

Petersburg's Angela Christensen earned the MVP award and held lead jammer status more than any other players.

"I have never seen her so focused," Anderson said. "She played very aggressive."

The Ragnarok Rollers head to Sitka in March for another bout and are looking for new members to join the team.


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