Montana defeated Tennessee 148-145 in a close game.
One player from Tenn. stated that Montana “came outta nowhere!”
“Lethal” Lizzie Miller of Billings was awarded the MVP.
“I can’t even put it into words,” she said. “Nobody even knew there was derby in Montana. Now they know!”
BILLINGS – Team Montana Roller Derby attended the Battle of the All-Stars Tournament in Philadelphia this weekend.
Team Montana is comprised of skaters, coaches, and volunteers from across Montana.
It is a non-profit organization striving to give back to communities throughout the state with donations and volunteered time.
“We operate with high standards of integrity, sportsmanship, and ethics to create a team eager to compete at high-level roller derby,” said Austin Heil, coach for the Billings Magic City Rollers.
Team Montana was created about a year ago with the hope of playing high-level roller derby around the country. Skaters from all over the state spend many hours traveling in order to practice with each other.
“We are so excited to be able to compete against other states’ All-Star teams and happen to have one of the biggest upsets in the tournament, being the 14th seed and beating the 6th seed Team Virginia in our second game. In our first game we succeeded in beating Team Ohio seeded at number 10. This experience has allowed many of us to compete against our long-time idols!”
The final game will be Sunday, 12 p.m. against Tennessee for 7th place in the tournament.
The roster is as follows:
Coach BushwackHer- Austin Heil
Billings Magic City Rollers
Danya Webb-Eckland- Double Dee
Kayla Nelson- O2 Tank
Lizzie Miller- Lethal Lizzie
Krissy McConnell- Jam Good Time
Stacie Heil- Dispikable Darling
Gallatin Roller Derby- Bozeman
Jes Brown- Lil Stout
Louise Musial- Texas TwistHer
Karen Hancock- Special Kaos
Trisha King- Kweitly K Awtik
Kelsey Clark- Mauled Whiskey
Sarah Sparta- Spartacrush
Electric City Roller Grrlz- Great Falls
Casie Dotson- Slim Hitman
Valerie McClellan- Vixenous V-LO
Copper City Queens- Butte
Kaleena Miller- Mother Earth
Hellgate Roller Derby- Missoula
April Schroeder- Foggy
Flathead Valley Roller Derby- Kalispell
Kari Hammer- Hammer
Siina Swanson- IllumiNAUGHTY
Hel’z Belles Roller Derby- Helena
Sara Murgel- She Hates Me
Team Montana Roller Derby can be found on Facebook and Twitter @MTRollerDerby
Story by Niki Porter, MTN News