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Melee in the Mountains

Enterprise staff report

Derby skaters from the greater west will gather in Eagle this Saturday, May 17 in a round-robin mix-up tournament called "Melee in the Mountains."

The events will include two qualifying bouts, a co-ed bout, and a championship full-spectacle face-off. One team of skaters will claim victory and lead the entourage of melee-fans to the event after party.

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Doors open at 12:15 p.m. for the event and tickets are $10 at the door. Students and seniors pay $5 and children younger than 5 and active military members are admitted for free. Attendees can quench their thirst with draft beer from the Bonfire Brewing Co.

Roller derby action gets under way at 12:45 p.m. when skaters of all ability levels mix-up on four teams competing for a chance to claim victory and be seated in the championship bout. The track fills with team blockers and jammers, referees and officials, score-keepers, announcers, and a D.J. to bring action-packed excitement to spectators. Visit the silent auction during event half-time and enjoy baked goods made by the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls.

The Co-ed Bout

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Sit tight for some shock and awe as the co-ed competition is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Women hit the track and mix-up with men to offer a full-contact mindset of skill and strategy. Roller derby is a sport where adjustments are not made for females to participate. The track is the track and the rules are the rules. Fans will enjoy the competitive drive and skilled maneuvers of these skaters.

The Championship Bout

Set to begin at 6 p.m., this main event will bring some serious competition and have fans cheering. This is a full-bout, with two 30-minute periods featuring half-time entertainment and contests. Talented skaters match up, determined to chalk up points and steer clear of the penalty box. The Melee will continue well into the evening with the event after party planned at the Back Bowl in Eagle.

Tournament Sponsors

The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls and event beneficiary The Red Ribbon Project offered thanks to the Melee in the Mountains sponsors Bighorn Toyota, Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District, Wylaco Supply Company, the town of Gypsum, AmericInn, Hogback Pizza, Bonfire Brewing Company, The Baggage Cheque, Nedbo Construction, Ski Base and Eagle County BMX. For more information, view the event at http://www.10thmountainrollerdolls.com.