Mayhem at Spinning Wheels

Mount Pleasant’s Central Michigan Mayhem women’s roller derby team is competing in a home bout next month against the Bath City Roller Girls.
The event will be on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Spinning Wheels Arena located at 1241 N. Mission Road in Mount Pleasant.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the skating will start at 7 p.m.
Mayhem skaters are selling tickets for $8 in advance, but tickets will be available at the door for $10.
Vicky VanHout, 21, also known by her skater name Tony Sparks is a senior at Central Michigan University. VanHout started skating with the Mayhem team a year ago. Prior to joining the team, VanHout said she had no derby experience.
“I wasn’t sure I would stick with it. When I first started out, it a lot of failure,” VanHout said.  “It was actually the support of my teammates that kept me with it. Without their constant encouragement, friendliness, and love for the sport and each other, I don’t I’d have even made it past the first week.”
VanHout said she started skating bouts in October, but the bout against Bath City will be her first home bout.
“I couldn’t be more excited to skate at our own rink,” VanHout said.
VanHout tried out for the team after a girl in her class gave her a flyer for Freshmeat February, a yearly recruitment event featuring a new-skater workshop, free drop-ins throughout the month, and a meet and greet.
According to VanHout, the meet and greet and workshop is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 this year at 7 p.m. during Mayhem’s regular practice time. The workshop is for skaters of all skill levels, including those with no prior experience. Equipment and skates are provided; workshop participants need only to bring a mouth guard.

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