- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -

« News Home

It’s back! New roller-derby league glides into region

Published: Sun, August 9, 2009 @ 1:30 p.m.

By Bob Jackson

YOUNGSTOWN – Amber Stewart might look like a mild-mannered soccer mom, but don’t make her mad or she just might knock you over the rail.

They don’t call her Brute Sixty-Kix for nothing.

Stewart, of Bessemer, Pa., is one of the members of the newly formed Little Steel Derby Girls, a flat-track roller derby league being formed here.

“We are the first and only all-women’s flat track roller derby league in Youngstown,” said Stewart, 28, a housewife and mother of two.

And if you thought roller derby was just some back-to-the-70s retro TV programming, you’d better think again.

“Roller derby is back,” said Stewart. “It’s huge in big cities. We were basically the only big town around that didn’t have a team. Until now.”

Tifany Griffith of Enon Valley, Pa., started in November 2008 with getting the league organized after she heard an advertisement for a league in another city.

“I never saw [roller derby] before. Never heard of it,” said Griffith, who goes by the derby name Ground Zero. “I started looking into it and thought it really looked like a lot of fun.”

Griffith, 28, works in Canfield doing civil design and engineering work. To spread the word about her fledgling league, she used social networking tools like MySpace and Facebook, trying to recruit young women into the program.

Griffith hopes to ultimately register the league with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, which is the sport’s governing body. Once that happens, teams from the local league will be able to compete against teams from other areas, like Akron, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

This league will obviously create several jobs and generate more tax revenue for the municipality and it definitely deserves front page status in the local newspaper. What planet am I on?

"“Roller derby is back,” said Stewart. “It’s huge in big cities. We were basically the only big town around that didn’t have a team. Until now.”

She thinks Youngstown is a big city? How cute.

Suggest removal:

2cambridge(3811 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Go Bay Bombers!

Suggest removal:

3paulydel(1540 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

Love the roller derbies. I went to them as often as I could when they came to the area. Good to see a team here. You go Mahoning Valley girls.

Suggest removal:

4metz87(884 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

and next up comes miising teeth and fights. never seen it in perosn but it sounds exciting to watch as long as you don't get too close to the action.

Suggest removal:

5justmy2cents(3 comments)posted 6 years, 6 months ago

It's great to see other strong women out there having fun! You definitely have my support; can't wait to see a game!

As someone who just moved to town myself, THIS is the kind of community vitality and variety that will draw outside business, since quality of life is a critical workforce factor in economic development.

Suggest removal:


HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2016 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes