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PHOTOS: Roller Derby Heralds Valentine's Day with 'Massacre' Event

by on February 14, 2011 5:35 PM

by Sarah Daly

Who says Valentine's Day has to be about dinner, chocolate and roses?

The women of the State College Area Rollers (SCAR) kicked off their holiday by celebrating blood, sweat and fishnets Sunday night. In their first-ever roller-derby event, the league took the floor of the Penn Skates skating facility for "Saint Valentine's Day Massacre."

Held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the "FBI Hoover's Honeys" and "Mafia Machine Gun Kellys" came head to head for a 40-minute match involving fast-paced and aggressive skating, creative nicknames like "Mae B. Nasty" and "Hootie Bootie" and, of course, vintage gangster costumes to match the theme. Photos from the event -- taken by Patricia Collins -- are in the gallery to the right.

Prior to the scrimmage, SCAR held "roller derby 101," giving a quick introduction to what roller derby is and how it's played to a crowd of more than 500 people. In between halves, a 20-minute show featured live music from the band Chairman Larry, as well as a meet-and-greet with refs and players.

A silent auction also took place throughout the match to raise money for the league, which started only a few months ago.

SCAR practices at Penn Skates -- located by the University Park Airport -- from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday and from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. The group encourages all women age 18 and and older to join.

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