The first of the five Oregon All-Star Roller Derby Team Starters is also the youngest. Scream Cheese still has at least one more season with the Rose City Rosebuds before the adults have to watch out for her. With a tall, lean-yet-solid build similar to Scald Eagle; Scream Cheese is often compared to the Rose City Rollers’ top jammer. Yet, Scream Cheese is a threat on the track no matter what position she is in.
Case in point: this past June, I had the opportunity to see Scream Cheese in action when she came down to Eugene to play the Emerald City Junior Gems. Though she was primarily used as a blocker and earned my “Skater who Will Ruin Your Life” blocker award for the bout, she also took some turns with the jammer star racking up the top jam of the night: a 23-0 non-power jam.
“I first heard about roller derby when my good friend and teammate AnnaPhylactic Shock began playing in the winter of 2008 and would not shut up about it,” Scream Cheese said. “I had just stopped playing soccer, and I needed something to do with me life, so I tried out. I sprained my ankle at tryouts. It was pretty gnarly. But, I came back two months later, and I’ve been at it ever since.”
When asked what her favorite part about roller derby is, Scream Cheese simply said, “Everything.”
“I know that sounds banal and trite, but it really is true,” Scream Cheese added. “My teammates especially, both travel and home team, are what make my heart beat. I also love the fact that adult women who could just avoid us all together are taking time out of their busy schedules to teach us their ways. That is humbling and kick ass, and you all deserve a cake every day of your lives.”
2012 was a great year for the Rose City Rosebuds who won the Northwest Junior Derby Championship. “Freaking winning the Championship was most definitely the 2012 highlight. The Buds were calm, focused, and determined; and we fulfilled our goddamn destiny. It was our year. That being said, I love the I-5 All Stars and y’all are kickass. And then, to later on win home-team championship with the Death Scar Derby Dames was the cherry on top of a perfect year.”
Though she loves her experiences with the juniors, Scream is itching to play big-time derby: “I can’t wait to turn 18. I love the Rosebuds, but I think I am ready to move on. Mentally and physically (I’m at least six inches taller than most juniors), I think I have outgrown this program. There is always a lot to learn, and I am eternally grateful to the Buds for getting me to where I am now. When I turn 18, I have the opportunity to do paid volunteer work in New York and possibly skate with (WFTDA Champions) Gotham Girls, which is tremendously exciting. There is a lot of time until then though, and I feel like I’m getting ahead of myself. In the meantime, we’re going to kill it in 2013! Woo Buds!”
Scream Cheese also wanted to add: “I just want to give a shout out to my derby mom, (Gotham Girls’) Mick Swagger. Sorry if I’m being way too obsessed and fangirly, but I love this woman. Before every game and practice, I pretend that she’s in the stands. That motivates me to bust my ass and give it my all because I know she doesn’t accept anything less.”
Here’s what others had to say about Scream Cheese:
“Scream Cheese was very impressed during the Championships. She is kind of like a Scald Eagle in training.” –Bettispoet
“Holy wow that girl can hit! And so young! The Northwest juniors are going to be fearing this one for a while yet!” –David Overman
“I have watched Scream Cheese skate for the past three years. She plays extremely smart, knows where she needs to be, and when she need to be there to help her teammates. She also plays all three spots amazingly!” –Angi Waldron
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