The Avalanche City All Stars (ACAS) took home second place at their last tournament of the season in Spokane, Washington. The tournament took place over the weekend of Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, and saw 24 teams compete for the title.
“Spokaranage”, as the tournament is dubbed, featured teams from the Northwest United State and into Alberta and B.C. Teams as far away from Alaska and Hawaii competed the three-day roller derby event.
“The team has played in Spokarnage for the previous two years, and done quite well, but this is the first year ACAS hit the podium, a very important achievement for the league,” said Jess de Groot in a press release. “The team only had 10 skaters at Spokarnage, with most other teams bringing 14 to 16 players.”
The ACAS played in a total of five games and only lost to Team Alberta, who walked away with the title.
“Team Alberta is highly competitive and has a full roster,” said de Groot, “ACAS may have lost the game, but it was another big accomplishment that weekend to put 92 points on the board for ACAS, a small team from a small town in the mountains of B.C.” The end score of the game was 195 to 92 for Team Alberta.
Along with a spot on the podium, the second place finish earned the ACAS $500.
Spokarange was the last event of the roller derby season for the ACAS. After a short off-season, the league plans to start a Learn to Skate program for the public to learn about the sport.
For more information on the league or the programs they offer, visit www.fernierollerderby.com