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Cape Fear Roller Girls bring elegant violence to the sport

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Sugar and spice, but not everything's nice. The Cape Fear Roller Girls scrimmage every Thursday here in Wilmington. So lace up the skates, strap on your pads and fasten your helmets. You're about to skate your way from pink to black and blue with the Cape Fear Roller Girls. "It's very empowering to be a woman in a contact sport," Cape Fear Roller Derby Player, Nix The Ripper said. It's not just a knock-down drag out. These are the simplified rules. Two teams of five skaters form a pack. They skate at the first whistle. Behind them, two jammers who skate at the second whistle, they're challenge is to pass them. Points are scored when jammers catch the pack for a second time. It's something their opponents go all out to prevent. Those are the basics...but scoring points takes strategy. "You have to have eyes in the back of your head you're constantly looking everywhere," Nix the Ripper, said. "People need to know that we're rough and tough but we put a lot in to it," Dixie Diesel said. These women on wheels say it takes stamina, speed and concentration, just like any other feat of athleticism. Cape Fear Roller Girls Player, Gas O'Leen said, "I just gave birth a year and a half ago. This is to get me in shape. The girls say the best part of what they do is the comradely between teammates. With names like Suicide Barbie and Double Barrel Bambi, that's a good thing. The Cape Fear Roller Girls challenge Palmetto State in a round robin tournament June 14th at scooters rink on Shipyard Boulevard. They're also holding a fundraiser Sunday, June 10 at the Soapbox.

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