Run for your bunkers! The San Francisco ShEvil Dead are rising from their off-season cemetery and are ready to wreak havoc on the track! With many 2018 retirements, ShEvil has been reanimated this year with eleven new skaters, many of them rising through the ranks of BAD’s Reckless program to be drafted by this much loved and feared home team. This terrorizing wave of new drive and talent is bolstered by experienced skaters. “We’re so happy to have skaters like Brick Houser (Brix) and NeuralizeHER, who transferred from other leagues to help shake up the strategy ShEvil was already practicing last season,” says coach Butt’N MashHer (#85). Brix (#1138) is also serving as a ShEvil coach helping to strengthen and fine tune the team’s skills with inspiring leadership and engaging practice. ShEvil slayer Disco Brawl (#5) has stepped into the Captain position and veteran Killer Tofu (formerly Killer Kapowski) will act as bench coach, making sure that these new skaters have the support they need in the battle for the 2019 trophy.
Fresh ideas to classic BAD tactics are sure to raise these zombies from their graves as they fight their way towards cannibalizing their opponents. Coaching plans to focus on building and maintaining dynamic walls for defense, and employing offensive strategies to assist their new and exciting jammers to rack up the points and to prove themselves in the pack.This season will be a thriller as ShEvil opens BAD’s home team games at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco against the Oakland Outlaws on April 20th. Will BAD be seeing the return of the living dead? Keep watching to find out!
BAD’s opening home bout of the #20SkateTeen season pitted the Berkeley Resistance against the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in a hard-hitting test of endurance and stability, resulting in victory for the zombies, 172-99.
BAD’s teams took the track at San Francisco’s historic Palace of the Fine Arts under the gaze of two ominous angel statues and a triumphant crowd of about 700 fans. The starting jammers–Eva Menace for the Resistance and Danymite for the ShEvil Dead–crashed into the pack of skaters, with Dani taking a quick lead and forcing Eva to pass the star to her pivot, Raven Evergore, while Dani continued on to score five points and call off the jam.
The first half of play saw the teams trading low-scoring passes and calling off the jam. It seemed as though both teams were working more towards stability on the slick track than on elaborate strategy. Both teams used up their official reviews in the first half of play, requesting the officials to call cut track penalties on the opposing team’s jammers. The officials stood by their decision in both cases, and both teams lost their official reviews.
At halftime, ShEvil led the Resistance with a score of 89-45.
The Resistance came back swinging, however, taking on a two-wall of ShEvil blockers and scoring a quick five points. The next jam, too, saw Berkeley’s Smother Mary break through a full contingent of zombie blockers, leading to yet another star pass from ShEvil’s Sterling Archer to pivot Stefanie Mainey.
Berkeley’s momentum was not to last, even as the Resistance and ShEvil both solidified their defensive strategies in the second half of the game. With just over ten minutes left on the clock, Berkeley completed a star pass right off the line to Raven Evergore. But ShEvil’s jammer, Tifa Knoxhard, followed closely behind out of the pack and into her scoring pass. After two passes the ShEvil blockers were able to clear the penalty box and, with Stefanie Mainey bracing a wall of three, shut down Raven Evergore and allow Tifa Knoxhard the time to break through the Resistance tripod, all while running down the game clock.
From then on, the half saw multiple scoreless jams, including one with only 8 minutes left on the clock, where the tripod walls for both teams held the jammers for a full two minutes–a testament to both teams’ strength and communication.
At the end of the night, the ShEvil Dead emerged victorious, with a score of 172-99. The Resistance have another chance to prove themselves in their upcoming fight for the East Bay against the Oakland Outlaws on April 7th, again at the Palace of the Fine Arts. Which team will own the Bay?
The brains at #BADtv have put together a highlight reel from our season opener to get you hype about this Saturday’s game between the Oakland Outlaws and Berkeley Resistance! Tix still available online: bit.ly/BAD-Game2
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The Bay Area Derby season opener pitted the San Francisco ShEvil Dead against the Oakland Outlaws in an early evening bout. It was a warm and sunny day in Oakland at BAD’s new venue, The Station. The track was drawn with concrete and tape, just like in the derby days of yore, and the skaters wore sunglasses in addition to their protective gear. The bout started 10 minutes late so the sold-out crowd had time to be admitted.
First to the jammer line for ShEvil was #68 Danymite against #333 Dreadzilla for the Outlaws. The first jam was a cut and dry quick pass and score, 4-0, ShEvil.
With 26 minutes remaining in the first half, #31 Frightmare for ShEvil, was first through the pack with a no pass, no penalty and was not awarded lead. This gave opportunity for #99 Pizza Party of Oakland to get lead and immediately call off the jam at 0-0.
Throughout the next six jams, ShEvil and their triangle defense got lead jam every single time and held Oakland scoreless until about 22 minutes left in the first half. Finally, #313 Smother Mary of the Outlaws snuck in a quick 4 points before Frightmare called off the jam: 24-4, ShEvil Dead.
With a new ruleset in place, the first few bouts of the season are always a little tricky for the referees and skaters alike. Numerous “legal” cuts occurred, with a delay in penalty and/or a delay in player yield. At one point, #246 Sinnabar cut the track, waited to make eye contact with the ref, then took a step off the track and went to the back of the pack to try her pass again. The latest ruleset says a cut penalty may be avoided if advantage is immediately yielded.
In the next jam, Dreadzilla of the Outlaws made a high and tight toe stop pass on the outside line to get lead. ShEvil jammer, #212 Xpress Lane Jane, removed her helmet cover and passed it to the pivot, who was immediately assessed a low block penalty. Score 25-12, ShEvil.
The second half of the first quarter began with a new heat as the skaters adjusted to the concrete and sunshine. Oakland’s Pizza Party got out of the pack first but was immediately sent to the penalty box. This gave Frightmare the opportunity to pass the star to #89 Mean Burrito, adding two grand slams (10 points) to ShEvil’s total score. Meanwhile, #410 Ames to Maim of Oakland was assessed a direction of game play penalty, and sunglasses were seen flying to the inside and the outside of the track. Score 46-19, ShEvil.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, the announcement came over the loudspeaker that the bout had officially sold out. By now the teams were trading off lead jammer every other jam, with Danymite of ShEvil and Pizza Party of Oakland having the most success. Score at the half: 89-51, ShEvil Dead.
The ShEvil Dead returned to the track for the second half in force and continued to dominate the lead jammer ratio. On a particularly impressive pass, Frightmare turned backwards and passed on the inside of the apex for lead jammer and a grand slam aided by fierce ShEvil blocking from Mean Burrito and #404 Permab&.
With 24 minutes remaining in the game, Oakland’s jammer Dreadzilla earned lead jammer but committed a back block penalty on her scoring pass, leaving Frightmare to contend with Oakland’s brutal blockers for a full two minute jam. After scoring 15 points of her own and with Dreadzilla back on the track, Frightmare played a bit of defense to knock out and drew a cut track penalty on the Oakland jammer. ShEvil kept hold of the lead: 111-64.
A staple of roller derby is the intense vigor and passion of the final 15 minutes of game play. ShEvil jammer Xpress Lane Jane spent almost an entire minute being pummeled by an unrelenting #7 Murderyn Monroe, #45 Lethally Blonde, and #64 Mary Prankster three-wall which allowed Oakland jammer #85 Butt’N MashHer to score a grand slam, but it did little to close the score gap. Oakland wasn’t about to go quietly into the night, and, maximizing a power jam opportunity by fielding #10 Huck Sinn (aka Tiger Beat) as jammer, the mighty Outlaws were able to put up 22 points bringing them within 30 points of ShEvil: 101-127, ShEvil
With 5 minutes remaining ShEvil jammer Danymite (recent addition to the BAD travel team) made an uncontested pass on the outside for lead, and slid through a second time, like butter, for one, then two grand slams. On her third scoring pass, Murderyn Monroe delivered a devastating chest hit, which stunned Danymite long enough to let Sinnabar sneak in two points. Score 179-114, ShEvil.
With only minutes remaining, the skaters on the track were visibly fatigued but in no way disheartened. First, Pizza Party did a face plant, then Frightmare. Pizza Party recovered to get lead jammer only for Sweet Sherry Pie to take the ShEvil star pass from and chase her down for a scoreless jam. Danymite once again snatched lead jammer for the final jam, playing it conservatively, she added a few more points to ShEvil’s score then called the jam off to end the game.
SAN FRANCISCO SHEVIL DEAD:186
OAKLAND OUTLAWS: 114
Time will tell if these two teams play each other again this season. Oakland Outlaws next face the Berkeley Resistance on 5/13, while San Francisco ShEvil Dead takes on the Richmond Wrecking Belles on 6/3. Both games will be held at The Station and are part of our discounted BAD Deal which includes the doubleheader Championship at the Craneway Pavilion on 8/19.
With the 2017 Bay Area Derby Season set to kick off on March 18, it’s time to dig up a season preview of your greenest and dearest BAD home team: the San Francisco ShEvil Dead! An early season contender for league dominance, the ShEvil Dead had previously relished their role as late season spoilers, being adept at tossing a femur into the spokes of a surging opponent or taking the gas out of a contender with their patented second half hi-jinx.
2016 Record: 0-4, 4th place
All-time League Record: 7-16
Player Losses: #7 Butter & Jam, #71 Cassius May, #93 Erma Gerd, #713 Global Warman, #310 Gori Spelling, #17 Korn Holy-O, #61 Pressure Cooker, #418 Princess Peachka
In the offseason, ShEvil suffered some personnel changes losing longtime zombies Korn Holy-O, Cassius May, and Gori Spelling to retirement and powerhouse jammer Pressure Cooker opting to skate as Travel Team only this year. Undaunted by these changes, San Francisco will lean on their crafty veterans, seasoned second and third year players, and will welcome a few transfers who promise to keep their roster dynamic and hungry.
On the offensive side of the squad, jammer standout Danymite is back to continue her methodical and speedy affront on unlucky opponents. The team Co-Captain, Mean Burrito, will step into the leadoff spot, while cunning “moving violation” Xpress Lane Jane is back behind the wheel to deliver a minivan full of points.
Defensively, San Francisco is blessed with the return of their Twin Towers: Permab&—whose blocking prowess is less than subtle—and Domme Juan—fully recovered from an unfortunate injury sustained last. The power trio of legendary Sweet Sherry Pie (Co-Captain), the twerky Thea Sassin (formerly Thea Pocalypse), and the refreshingly unpredictable Spiller anchor a staunch defense which includes second year zombies Chili Con Carnage, Dixie Did It, and Melectric Charge.
Perhaps most notable in the ShEvil offseason roster changes are the additions of a couple transfers: Sunshine Skate (from Gotham Girls Roller Derby) and #6 Stinger (from Loco City Derby Girls). Additionally, returning BAD travel team skaters and in-league transfers Dual Hitizen (formerly of the Oakland Outlaws)and Frightmare (formerly of the Berkeley Resistance) join the Dead’s zombie ranks.
With an offseason regiment including intensive interval weight training, raw egg creatine shakes, and pack-focused exercises like pushing a car (wtf?), the San Francisco ShEvil Dead are chomping at the bit—literally—to get out on the track and execute their 2017 strategy. They kick off the season in a crossbay smash up with their longtime rivals, the Oakland Outlaws, at the BAD Season Opener March 18 at the Station in Oakland.
#1 Thea Sassin’ || #3 Chili Con Carnage || #6 Stinger || #8 Dual Hitizen || #09 Domme Juan || #29 Spiller || #31 Frightmare || #68 Danymite || #83 Sunshine Skate || #89 Mean Burrito || #201 Sweet Sherry Pie || #212 Xpress Lane Jane|| # 404 Permab& || #804 Dixie Did It|| #1001 Melectric Charge
Saturday night saw a rematch between the two teams who played for third at the end of 2015. Last October, the Richmond Wrecking Belles won the battle for third despite the San Francisco ShEvil Dead coming in with a victory in their previous meeting in August. Fans of both teams knew this game could go either way. Though Richmond won in their last match-up, the Belles were coming into the game with a very short roster of 11 skaters with ShEvil determined to reclaim a victory.
As expected, the game started with an intense and contentious shift. Richmond jammer #20 Eva Menace nabbed lead in the first jam but was sent to the box during her scoring pass which allowed ShEvil’s jammer, #212 Xpress Lane Jane, to pick up some points as well. At the end of the first two minutes, the score was 14 – 10 in Richmond’s favor. In the next jam, #22 Jirsa attempted to drive up the score for Richmond and was awarded 15 points. Meanwhile, ShEvil pivot, #29 Spiller, received a star pass from #89 Mean Burrito and was able to pick up 9 points of her own, putting the score at 29 – 19 Richmond. After an exciting and close start, Richmond took control in the third jam and didn’t look back. Over the next twelve jams, Richmond was awarded lead jammer status ten times which allowed them to steadily put up points and keep ShEvil to just 7 points by strategically calling off jams. In the fourteenth jam, Jirsa put her team solidly in the lead by scoring 19 unanswered points in a power jam against Mean Burrito, putting the score at 81 – 27. But the Zombies would not be thwarted so easily. ShEvil retaliated by tightening their defense and received an offensive boost of their own when #61 Pressure Cooker scored 13 points in one jam. At halftime, the score stood at 108 – 60 with Richmond in the lead.
The second half started just like the first with both teams scoring at a similar pace. In the first five jams, Richmond managed to score 10 points while ShEvil picked up 9, which did little to change the score differential. Although Pressure Cooker had another 13 point jam, Richmond jammers #11 Lex Pistol and #925 Sterling Archer both had a couple of multiple scoring pass jams, padding their lead at 172 – 98. A little more than halfway through the second period, Richmond ran into some penalty trouble when Sterling Archer received three penalties as a jammer, which spanned a period of two jams and resulted in her fouling out of the game. Here, ShEvil pulled out all the stops and made a valiant effort to close the point spread. However, Richmond’s formidable defense forced a jammer cut on Pressure Cooker, and after returning to the track, she passed the star to pivot Sweet Sherry Pie who picked up four points. The next jam began with a power start for Gori Spelling, who took the opportunity to rack up a grand slam. As time ran down on the game clock, Richmond claimed the win with a score of 181 – 115.
The highest scoring jammer by far for ShEvil was All-Stars team member Pressure Cooker. With 60 points, she scored more than half the total points for her team. Xpress Lane Jane was the second highest ShEvil scorer with 23 points in thirteen jams.
Richmond employed an interesting tactic for this game by rostering two hybrid players who split jamming duties between the halves. For the first half, blocker Jirsa wore the star and in the second half she switched places with Sterling Archer. Jirsa scored 48 points in seven jams, making her the highest point scorer for Richmond. Eva Menace was the second highest scoring jammer with 46 points in 13 jams.
Richmond’s win was decided by their overwhelming lead jammer percentage. ShEvil combated this by frequently passing the star, which they did seven times compared to Richmond’s two times. ShEvil struggled initially with penalties. In the first half, they were boxed 21 times but they cleaned up considerably in the second half of the game with just 14 penalties. Richmond’s penalties were consistent throughout the game with 13 in the first half and 15 in the second. With both teams having the same number of jammer penalties, the game really came down to the ability to rack up points slowly with consistent lead jammer calls and smart, timely call-offs.
Both teams are slated to play in the next double header on July 23, just weeks after this battle. ShEvil will take on the reigning 2015 BAD Champions, the Berkeley Resistance, and Richmond will play their longtime rivals, the Oakland Outlaws.
After coming off a one-win season in 2015, things are looking up for the San Francisco ShEvil Dead! With the leadership of new coaches, Sweet Sherry Pie and Korn Holy-O (Pie-Hole for short) , and a scrappy crew of new draft picks, the Dead are aiming to scare the life out of their opponents in 2016. Rounding out the Dead’s coaching staff off-skates is Slaybia Majora, whose veteran presence during bouts will continue to be a major asset, especially for the hungrier zombies joining the Dead for their first year.
Additions: #7 Butter & Jam, #3 Chili Con Carnage, #68 Danymite, #804 Dixie Did It, #9 Domme Juan, #713 Global Warman and #404 permab&
ShEvil drafted seven skaters at the beginning of the season—a mix of transfers from other leagues and skaters new to roller derby: Butter & Jam (Sonoma County Roller Derby), Chili Con Carnage, Danymite, Dixie Did It (Sonoma County Roller Derby), Domme Juan (Sin City Rollergirls), Global Warman (Houston Roller Derby) and permab& (Resurrection Roller Girls).
The Dead are already on the right track, coming in an hour before their team practices to workout together off skates each week. Hole is optimistic about the start of the season, noting that the Dead “…are feeling super good! We have planned out lots of opportunities to skate together.” She added that some of the team’s new members already feel like they’ve gelled after having skated together prior to being drafted back in January.
With half their roster made up of newbies, expectations are high for the Dead’s returning skaters. Their jammers: Mean Burrito, Pressure Cooker, Xpress Lane Jane and Gori Spelling are all returning. It will be exciting to see if any more speedy zombies will join ShEvil’s point-scoring line-up.
“We truly believe you can be both a competitive team AND have fun playing derby.”
A stout foundation of blockers for the Dead include pivot Sweet Sherry Pie, Korn Holy-O, Erma Gerd — one of ShEvil’s newest bruisers (also from Houston Roller Derby) who was drafted toward the end of the 2015 season — and veteran Thea Pocalypse (formerly Thea Venger). Then there are versatile players, like Cassius May, Spiller, and Princess Peachka, who you may see blocking or jamming depending on the day.
When asked about the sentiments thus far this season, Hole replied, “We truly believe you can be both a competitive team AND have fun playing derby.” Stay tuned ShEvil fans! We know you are just dying to watch the evolution of your favorite zombies as the season unfolds in 2016!
#7 Butter & Jam || #71 Cassius May || #3 Chili Con Carnage || #68 Danymite || #804 Dixie Did It || #09 Domme Juan || #93 Erma Gerd || #713 Global Warman || #310 Gori Spelling || #17 Korn Holy-O || #89 Mean Burrito || # 404 Permab& || #61 Pressure Cooker || #418 Princess Peachka || #29 Spiller || #201 Sweet Sherry Pie || #1 Thea Pocalypse || #212 Xpress Lane Jane
In the first match of the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girl’s 2015 season, the Berkeley Resistance took on their cross-bay rivals, the San Francisco ShEvil Dead. When these teams met last, in August 2014, the Resistance rolled away with a definitive win, 268 – 78. Previous to that, the two teams had met four times and each team was victorious twice. Berkeley has been on a winning tear in the last two years with a record of 8 wins in 10 games overall but ShEvil was looking to even out their history to 3 – 3. The Berkeley Resistance extended their winning streak with a final score of 259 – 112 over ShEvil.
The Resistance immediately set the tone of this game in the first jam when Brawllen Angel was awarded lead jammer and Mean Burrito was sent off with a penalty. Brawllen scored a quick 15 to 0 jam. In the third jam, ShEvil again suffered a jammer penalty setback when Spiller cut the track. Frightmare scored 11 points for the Resistance before calling, bringing the total to 30 – 0. The Resistance would continue to build on their lead while keeping ShEvil off the scoreboard until the 6th jam, when Burrito was able to pick up a single point as she and Brawllen hit the pack at the same time and Burrito smartly ended the jam. With the scoreless streak snapped, Pressure Cooker was able to score 14 points for ShEvil in the next jam after Steely Jan was boxed on a track cut pulled by Slaybia Majora. Next up, Spiller quickly picked up four points while Frightmare was contained behind a hard hitting wall of Korn Holy-O, Nurse Lithium, Thea Venger, and Zia Later. At the end of the 8th jam, ShEvil had stifled the Resistance’s offense and brought the score to 37 – 19, Berkeley. In the 10th jam, both teams were able to add to their point totals as the jammers for each team took turns sitting out due to penalty. La Chica Mala, who had lead jammer status, was assessed a track cutting penalty while Xpress Lane Jane was sent off for a high block. When the two minutes expired, the Resistance still held the lead at 50 – 27. ShEvil again reset their defensive walls and held the Resistance scoreless for the next three jams. In the 15th jam, Xpress successfully passed the jam star to pivot Lithium at the start of a power jam as Steely was awarded a misconduct penalty for hitting Lithium while airborne and attempting to jump the apex. Lithium went on to score a whopping 17 points against Steely’s seven points, bringing the score to its narrowest differential at 57 – 54 Resistance. The Resistance immediately called a time out which proved wise as they went on to score a commanding 48 points in the remaining ten minutes of the half while allowing ShEvil to score only ten points. At halftime, the score stood at 105 – 64 Resistance.
To start the second half, the Resistance’s defensive walls, maintained by Dolly Rocket, Taxi Scab, Sasha Fierce, and Jambee, immediately put the game nearly out of reach for the ShEvil Dead. In nine of the first 10 jams the Resistance kept ShEvil completely scoreless while managing to pile on 94 points of their own. PC was able to score 15 points in the second jam but Steely scored 14 of her own in the same jam. At the start of the 11th jam, the Resistance had the lead with a score of 199 – 79. Next, Burrito lined up against Vile E. Coyote, who was boxed on a track cut, and Burrito scored a much needed 15 points, putting the score at 199 – 94. However, two jams later, Mala scored a 15 – 4 run for the Resistance, all but erasing the progress ShEvil had made. In the 18th jam, with the score at 218 – 105, the Resistance began a lead jammer run that stretched over six jams. With lead control, the Resistance once again kept ShEvil entirely scoreless during this run. Going into the last jam of the half, and with the score at 242 –105, PC was awarded lead over Frightmare. But PC was assessed a low block after tripping Foxy Throwdown. Frightmare, unable to call the jam, went on to score 17 points to PC’s seven. As the jam clock ran out, the Resistance had the win with a final score of 259 – 112.
Pressure Cooker, in her debut as a B.ay A.rea D.erby Girl, scored 40 points in 16 jams for the ShEvil Dead. Mean Burrito picked up 27 points in 17 jams. Spiller and Lithium each earned 17 points for their team, in 10 jams and one jam respectively. Xpress Lane Jane scored 11 points in six jams. Frightmare, a recent transfer from the DC Rollergirls, scored an impressive 78 points in 12 jams for the Berkeley Resistance. Brawllen Angel was hot on her heels with 75 points in 13 jams. Steely Jan scored 56 points in 11 jams and La Chica Mala scored 37 in six jams. Vile E. Coyote picked up 13 points over five Berkeley’s win was surely impacted by the low amount of penalties the team accumulated. With just 27 penalty minutes compared to ShEvil’s 39, the Resistance often had the player advantage on the floor. Both of Shevil’s leading jammers ran into some trouble with Burrito picking up three penalties and PC being sent off a devastating four times. Meanwhile, Steely picked up three jammer penalties for Berkeley. ShEvil had a total of 11 jammer penalties while the Resistance had just five.
Both teams are slated to play at B.A.D.’s summer double header on July 11th at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. Opponents are to be announced at a later date.
Perennially strong, the San Francisco ShEvil Dead also have a frustrating history. Regularly rostering some of the league’s toughest skaters (seven current or former ShEvil Dead, more than any other team, will populate the All-Star roster this year) as well as some of the league’s longest-tenured, it would stand to reason that this pack of zombies had at least won their fair share of league titles. Regrettably, that end-of-year success has eluded the Dead and with a few notable retirements or skaters leaving to focus on bringing home the Hydra, this year looks to be the beginning of a rebuilding project. Continue reading →