Helz Bells Roller Derby Team More Than Meets the Eye - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Helz Bells Roller Derby Team More Than Meets the Eye

Posted: Updated:
HELENA -

Tomorrow night at 7PM the Helena Helz Bells roller derby team will be playing their first home bout against the Hellgate Roller Girls.

Roller derby! It's a pretty intense and physical sport. The goal is toget your jammer through the line of blockers and for them to pass again forpoints. Seems simple enough. What's not simple, however, are the women thatplay this sport. Lawyers, hair stylists, business owners, and even scientists comprisethe Helena Helz Bells, and they definitely want people to know they're brainsand brawn.

"It's like a team of high professionals," says Janie Canney, also known as "Babe Lincoln." "And I think that's probably whythe league runs so well because these women are very professional and have veryserious jobs."

"Highly educated, smart women who put on you know professional clothesand sit in meetings all day and have a very professional persona. But here iswhere you get to come to to let loose of some of that aggression, be a littlebit of a different person. Your wild side maybe?" says Cory Mabry, also known as "Mabry She Will."

Wild side is right. The minimum age for roller derby is 18, but Helz Bells has had skaters up to age 62! and despite it's rough persona, rollerderby is actually a pretty safe sport.

"You can only hit with certain parts of your body to other parts ofpeople's bodies. So you're not allowed to use your elbows," says Kristy Fortman, also known as "Bambi Boozled." "You can't shovesomebody in the back. But people hit hard. You will fall down. We also learnhow to fall. So hopefully our goal is to not have anyone get hurt. It's apretty safe area."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • "Close Before You Doze" campaign saves lives

    "Close Before You Doze" campaign saves lives

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 5:55 PM EDT2018-10-16 21:55:27 GMT
    Tuesday, October 16 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-10-16 22:07:22 GMT

    It may sound crazy, but closing a door could save your life. Our Bliss Zechman spoke with firefighters who say a devastating house fire that burned yesterday could have claimed more than just the family's property had their doors been open. “(There was) fire, lots of fire," said Dave Quick, Assistant Fire Chief at the West Valley Volunteer Fire Department.   Ash and rumble is what's mostly left after a fire tore through this home on Griffin Road early Monday morning...

    It may sound crazy, but closing a door could save your life. Our Bliss Zechman spoke with firefighters who say a devastating house fire that burned yesterday could have claimed more than just the family's property had their doors been open. “(There was) fire, lots of fire," said Dave Quick, Assistant Fire Chief at the West Valley Volunteer Fire Department.   Ash and rumble is what's mostly left after a fire tore through this home on Griffin Road early Monday morning...

  • Mississippi officials investigate toddler found dead in oven

    Mississippi officials investigate toddler found dead in oven

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 2:17 PM EDT2018-10-16 18:17:40 GMT

    A grandmother is being questioned after her dead granddaughter was found inside a heated oven in a Mississippi town.    Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams tells local news outlets the 20-month-old girl had also been stabbed when she was found dead Monday night in Shaw.    The grandmother isn't currently charged but Williams describes her as being in custody. Officials haven't named her or the toddler.    

    A grandmother is being questioned after her dead granddaughter was found inside a heated oven in a Mississippi town.    Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams tells local news outlets the 20-month-old girl had also been stabbed when she was found dead Monday night in Shaw.    The grandmother isn't currently charged but Williams describes her as being in custody. Officials haven't named her or the toddler.    

  • Earthquake hits while Montana school practices earthquake drills

    Earthquake hits while Montana school practices earthquake drills

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 3:03 PM EDT2018-10-16 19:03:52 GMT

    BELGRADE - It was a once-in-a-lifetime coincidence when an earthquake rumbled Belgrade while students were practicing for that very event.

    BELGRADE - It was a once-in-a-lifetime coincidence when an earthquake rumbled Belgrade while students were practicing for that very event.

  • Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Monday, October 15 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-10-15 23:38:29 GMT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

  • Officials identify woman who died in Butte jail

    Officials identify woman who died in Butte jail

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 12:12 PM EDT2018-10-16 16:12:45 GMT
    Kevin.B / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0Kevin.B / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Butte-Silver Bow County officials have released the name of a woman who died while in the county jail.

    Butte-Silver Bow County officials have released the name of a woman who died while in the county jail.

  • Montana Sports HeadlinesMontana Sports HeadlinesMore>>

  • Saturday's Scores

    Saturday's Scores

    Saturday, October 13 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-10-13 22:54:06 GMT
    By The Associated Press
    By The Associated Press
  • Missed PAT lifts Montana State over Idaho 24-23

    Missed PAT lifts Montana State over Idaho 24-23

    Saturday, October 13 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-10-13 23:34:13 GMT
    Troy Andersen ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns, the Vandals missed an extra point with 3:07 to play and Montana State beat Idaho 24-23 on Saturday.
    Troy Andersen ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns, the Vandals missed an extra point with 3:07 to play and Montana State beat Idaho 24-23 on Saturday.
  • Ketteringham's 5 TDs power North Dakota past Montana, 41-14

    Ketteringham's 5 TDs power North Dakota past Montana, 41-14

    Saturday, October 13 2018 6:14 PM EDT2018-10-13 22:14:06 GMT
    Nate Ketteringham threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score in the first half as North Dakota blanked Montana through the first three quarters and earned a 41-14 victory in a nonconference battle on...
    Nate Ketteringham threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score in the first half as North Dakota blanked Montana through the first three quarters and earned a 41-14 victory in a nonconference battle on Saturday.
  • Friday's Scores

    Friday's Scores

    Friday, October 12 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-10-13 02:41:10 GMT
    By The Associated Press
    By The Associated Press
Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.