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Featured Skater — June 2022

Our Featured Skater for the month of June is CleoSmashYa of the Shotgun Sheilas!

Name: CleoSmashYa
Team(s): Shotgun Sheilas, Public Enemies
Number: 1030
Position(s): Jammer, pivot
Seasons with FCRD: 2


Q: How did you come to be involved with Fountain City Roller Derby?

“In my early twenties, I used to inline skate on ramps and transition at skate parks. So when one of my ex-coworkers introduced me to roller derby, I knew this was something I had to be a part of. I get to skate and hit people?! Heck yeah!”


Q: Explain the origin of your derby name.

“I’ve always been obsessed with Egypt since I was a tiny girl. I’d read every book I could get my hands on, tried to study hieroglyphics, and wanted to be an archeologist. So fast forward to my early thirties when I did the study on my family’s lineage, and with the help of an ancestry test, I found out I was 12% Moroccan/Egyptian. I was beyond stoked; hence, CleoSmashya was born, based on a powerful Egyptian Queen.”

She’s actually on her way back UP in this shot, not on her way down.

Q: Roller derby changes every life it touches. How has it changed yours?

“I don’t know where to start… I could go on forever.

Derby has saved me. At a time when I had very little family and no community to fall back on, derby fell into my lap. The universe knew I needed a community to lean on and give back to. I have built friendships that are closer than family. I know that derby has helped me blossom into a strong and powerful woman. I have found my voice, worth, and belonging. The derby community has helped me find out a lot about myself, for which I’m forever grateful.”

Q: What makes CleoSmashYa tick? What keeps you going in this crazy love we call roller derby?

“I think knowing I’m a part of something bigger than myself keeps me going. Knowing my teammates are out there giving their all, and making holes and protecting me, makes me want to go even harder. I don’t want to let them down! I am only as good as we are as a whole.

If I could play and sell roller derby for a living, I’d be fantastic.”


To see more of CleoSmashYa, the Shotgun Sheilas, and all the incredible action Fountain City Roller Derby has to offer throughout the year, join us on Instagram, follow us on Twitter, and check out our photo albums on Smugmug.

Thank You, Coach Wyatt

This weekend, as the Shotgun Sheilas captured their fifth Fountain City Roller Derby house championship, the legendary Coach Wyatt announced she would be stepping down as head coach of the Black & Grey.

We caught up with Coach Wyatt after Saturday night’s game to get her thoughts on derby retirement, the 2022 season, and coming back from COVID after two years on the sidelines:


“Coming out of COVID, I was worried. I didn’t know what derby looked like after two-plus years away. But the second we had our roster, the hard work began for the Sheilas.

From the vets down to the newbies, everyone bought into the team and trusted each other. Aneeda Hurtcha has always been our rock, our leader, and together, we all built something that I think is pretty special. They fought for, and earned, this championship.

Saying I’m proud of the Sheilas (and to be a Sheila) is an understatement—not just this roster, but all that came before. I’ve been a Sheila a long time, and I give credit to roller derby for much of the life that I have. It’s bittersweet, but I couldn’t have scripted it better, going out on a three-peat.”

Coach Wyatt

A Thank-You

There’s really no way to properly and completely thank someone like Coach Wyatt for everything she’s brought to the league, but we can sure try.

Many people these days don’t even realize she was originally a Deadly Siren waaaay back in 2011 before KC Derby Digest was even born. Her derby name was Attorney Outlaw.

We were there, we just weren’t taking pictures in those days.

The Sirens even faced off against the Lethals for the trophy that year, although the Lethals came out on top.

In the years that followed—beginning in 2012, under Coach Wyatt’s leadership—the Shotgun Sheilas would play in the championship game every single season there was one with no exceptions:

  • 2012 vs. Lovely Lethals (Sheilas win)
  • 2013 vs. Royal Pains (Sheilas lose)
  • 2014 vs. Royal Pains (Sheilas win)
  • 2015 vs. Royal Pains (Sheilas lose)
  • 2016 vs. Lovely Lethals (Sheilas lose)
  • 2017 vs. Royal Pains (Sheilas lose)
  • 2018 vs. Deadly Sirens (Sheilas win)
  • 2019 vs. Deadly Sirens (Sheilas win)
  • 2020 — no champion (COVID)
  • 2021 — no champion (COVID)
  • 2022 vs. Lovely Lethals (Sheilas win)

That’s leadership. That’s dedication. That’s a commitment to excellence you can’t buy.

And that’s who Coach Wyatt is to this league: one of the most beloved and well-respected players and coaches to ever take the track in Kansas City—a go-getter who’s gone and gotten, simple as that.

Taking nothing away from their incredible skaters and assistant coaches, I think we can all agree that the Shotgun Sheilas owe their dynasty in great part to the unmatched talents and relentless pursuit of perfection Coach Wyatt has demonstrated over the last decade.

We will certainly miss her intensity and laser focus trackside, but we look forward to cheering on the Sheilas (and all the Fountain City teams) right next to her in the stands in the coming seasons.

Thank you, Coach.

For absolutely everything.

Preview: Fountain City’s 2022 House Championships

In a year that can’t seem to make up its mind—and a return to derby that seems to be happening in fits and starts all over—don’t try to tell Fountain City Roller Derby that things aren’t going strong, because this Saturday night, the four house teams take the track for the last time this season to show us all what they’re made of.

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Here’s how the season has shaken out up to this point:

  • Shotgun Sheilas: 3-0
  • Lovely Lethals: 2-1
  • Deadly Sirens: 1-2
  • Royal Pains: 0-3

Statistically, things don’t always line up quite so nicely. You know this game—there’s no telling how many times we’ve had to sit and pore over the numbers to find out what teams were even going to the championship bout, let alone who might win.


Championship Bout:
Shotgun Sheilas vs. Lovely Lethals

This year, like others, there are some constants and there are some surprises. The Shotgun Sheilas have gone undefeated for the umpteenth time; their appearance in the big game this weekend comes as no surprise to anyone who’s been watching since about 2012. They’re back-to-back defending champs, meaning they took home the trophy in 2018 and 2019; it hasn’t been awarded since all things COVID descended and took our beloved sport with it in early 2020, leaving us champ-less in ’20 and ’21.

We know how you feel, buddy.

The Lovely Lethals make their first championship appearance since they took home all the marbles in 2016, and they’re looking for an upset against a Sheilas squad that hasn’t lost a game since late ’17 and spent ’22 outscoring their opponents 187-79, a point differential of +108.

By contrast, the Lethals go into the championship game with a winning record but a negative point differential (-10), having been outscored by their opponents 122-132 on the season.

In fact, the Sheilas are the only team in the league to have outscored their opponents overall, and for all these reasons and more, we’re predicting a Shotgun Sheilas win by about 15 points.

As always, we expect a significant measure of statistical analysis to go out the window, given the nature of championship bouts, not to mention the fact that the Sheilas’ 36-20 win over the Lethals in Game 2 was their lowest-scoring game of the entire season. No other team held the Sheilas to anywhere near 36 points this year, so you can expect a fight from the Ladies in Pink as the women’s division wraps up another phenomenal season.


Grudge Match:
Deadly Sirens vs. Royal Pains

Let’s just be honest. The 2022 season hasn’t gone the way either of these two teams had hoped. The Royal Pains haven’t gone winless in quite a few years, and the Deadly Sirens have made some significant strides of late, even challenging the Sheilas for the trophy two years in a row. Although their championship efforts came up short (and COVID threw a wrench into absolutely everything), nobody really expected both the Pains and the Sirens to be at the bottom of the heap come June.

But here we are—two talented teams with stacked rosters slugging it out in the annual grudge match purely for bragging rights. Statistically, the Sirens have the edge, not only with a 1-2 record but also with a less-bad point differential of -45 to the Pains’ -52. Given the numbers, we expect the Sirens will probably pull this one out, but time will tell, and we’ve certainly been wrong before. These two teams boast very similar points scored/points allowed stats, so this year’s grudge match should be pretty even as well, which is what fans really want to see anyway.


Doors open at B&D Skate Center in Independence at 6:00 p.m., and the first whistle is promptly at 6:30.

Adult tickets are $15 at the door, and don’t forget that everyone 17 and under is admitted free with a parent or legal guardian.

Arrive early and get a good seat as these four explosive teams blow the roof off the joint in another spectacular season-ending flat-track showdown. Who’s your pick to take home the trophy? Will the Shotgun Sheilas make it a three-peat, or will the Lovely Lethals pull off the ultimate upset?

There’s only one way to find out. We’ll see you at B&D at 6:00 Saturday night!

Fountain City — Game 3

This Saturday night at B&D Skate Center, Fountain City Roller Derby takes the track for Game 3 of its already phenomenal 2022 season.

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The Lovely Lethals and Deadly Sirens kick off the evening’s action, followed by the Shotgun Sheilas and the Royal Pains in the finale.

Doors open at B&D at 6:00 p.m., and the first whistle blows at 6:30 sharp. Adults 18 and over are $15 each, and everyone 17 and under accompanied by a parent or guardian is admitted free of charge.

Join us trackside as Fountain City blows the roof off the place again in another action-packed night of flat-track fun!

The Fountain City Roller Derby 2022 Season

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This weekend, Kansas City roller derby fans, is what we’ve all been waiting for — the return of roller derby after a long, long delay.

Saturday night, February 26, Fountain City Roller Derby kicks off the 2022 season with their first scheduled bout in more than two years. As always, B&D Skate Center is the place. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the first whistle is promptly at 6:30.

Ushering in the return to the flat track are two match-ups featuring perennial, old-school rivals from way back in the day when the league was still called Dead Girl Derby.

To begin, multi-year FCRD champions the Shotgun Sheilas face off against the Deadly Sirens in a rematch of the 2019 championship bout that saw the Sheilas add another trophy to their collection. The Sirens will no doubt be back hungrier than ever, as they remain the only team in Fountain City to have never taken home the championship.

Later, the Royal Pains and the Lovely Lethals square off in their season opener to add another chapter to a very long history of epic battles between these two indomitable squads. The league simply couldn’t have chosen a better way to bring us back to the sport of roller derby than this weekend’s event.

Masks are mandatory at B&D this Saturday night. Admission for adults 18 and over is $15 each, and anyone 17 and under enters free when accompanied by an adult guardian.

As always, KC Derby Digest will be there covering all the action. You can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Smugmug, our official photo album.

We simply can’t wait to see you all trackside as Fountain City kicks off the 2022 season!

The 2019 Fountain City Roller Derby Women’s Championship Preview

Fountain City fans, this Saturday night is it! The 2019 Women’s Division championship trophy is on the line, and this season, there’s a very, very good match-up waiting to happen.

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It might look like a repeat of last year’s championship battle — the Shotgun Sheilas are facing off against the Deadly Sirens for the second year in a row, after all — but I’m here to tell you that it’s a repeat in name only.


Here are the current standings going into this weekend’s bouts.

Shotgun Sheilas, 3-0
Points scored: 228
Points allowed: 147
Point differential: +81

Deadly Sirens, 2-1
Points scored: 212
Points allowed: 152
Point differential: +60

Royal Pains, 1-2
Points scored: 181
Points allowed: 183
Point differential: -2

Lovely Lethals, 0-3
Points scored: 152
Points allowed: 291
Point differential: -139


At the moment, the rankings seem pretty clear-cut. The 2018 defending champion Shotgun Sheilas boast an undefeated 3-0 record on the year, and their point differential is the clear-cut winner as well, a full 21 points over the second-place Deadly Sirens. And 21 points is a much bigger deal in MADE than it is in WFTDA, so the big game this weekend oughtta be a no-brainer… right?

As usual, not so fast.

Recall Game 2 back in July when the Sheilas clung to a two-point lead going into the final jam of the bout against the Sirens and hung on for the win, final score 61-59. The stats above clearly do not reflect the intensity of the action and the overall closeness of such a back-and-forth bout. And since that was the only game this season in which these two teams faced off, it muddies the waters a bit, now that it’s time to call a winner for the championship game on Saturday.

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Yeah, it’s like that.

With that on the table, we’re predicting a Shotgun Sheilas win by no more than 10 points. If that happens, the Sheilas will become the first ever back-to-back Fountain City Women’s Division champions.

If not… the Deadly Sirens will take home their first Fountain City championship ever. To this day, they’re the only FCRD team to have never won it all, so get to B&D early on Saturday night and don’t miss a moment of the action.

Immediately following the championship game, stick around to see the yearly grudge match, this time between the 1-2 Royal Pains and the 0-3 Lovely Lethals!


Doors open at B&D Skate Center at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night. Get there early and get a good seat. This is one night of Fountain City action you won’t want to miss.

Tickets are still available at Brown Paper Tickets, and they’re always cheaper in advance.

The charity for this month’s bout is the Homeless Period Project. The league will be collecting pads, panty liners, tampons, individually wrapped women’s hygiene products, and quart-size Zip-loc bags for distribution. Feel free to bring any/all of these items in support of the Homeless Period Project.

Saturday night’s event is masquerade-themed as well, so wear your best masquerade outfit and/or makeup for a chance to win a Fountain City swag bag!


Who will bring home the trophy at this Saturday night’s 10th anniversary championship bout? Join us trackside at B&D Skate Center to find out! We’ll see you out there…