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Rollergirls take on Red Sticks in season finale

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 The Mississippi Rollergirls
COURTESY OF FRANK LEE ROBERTS The Mississippi Rollergirls

GAUTIER -- The Mississippi Rollergirls will be in action Saturday night as they take on the Red Stick Roller Derby at 7 p.m. at the Duo Dance Event Center in Gautier.

The game will mark the end of the 2015 season for the Rollergirls.

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"The Red Sticks are a good team," Scarlet "Scarjo Ego" Cox said. "So it should be a good game."

The Rollergirls, which started in 2006, has members from Mobile to Slidell, with several members from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including Cox, who resides in Gulfport.

Cox said the team has gone through some changes over the past year, due in part to having to relocate the team to the Duo Dance Event Center.

"We were at the Harrison County Skate Park for years, but it was leased to a production company, so we had to find a new home," she said. "We're still regrouping from that."

Roller derby rose to popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, when it was played on a raised track and it was featured in TV shows such as "CHiPS." Roller derby was also the subject of Drew Barrymore's 2009 directorial debut, "Whip It."

"There are a lot of misconceptions about roller derby," Cox said. "I was surprised to learn how technical the game is. We also play on a flat track, not a raised track. It's not the roller derby people are familiar with from the '70s and '80s. We don't just roll around and punch people in the face."

Cox said she created her team name "Scarjo Ego" as a play on her first and middle names with "ego" thrown in because it rhymes.

She said the Rollergirls have a charitable spirit.

"We try to give back," she said. "We have a raffle at every game and we donate 50 percent of the proceeds to a different charity. This week it's going to the Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society. We have a lot going on at this game. We're also having a food drive. We did one last year and we collected more than 100 pounds of food."

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