Beloit Bombshells keep sport rolling

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Ian Gronau | November 7, 2013

BELOIT — In the event that you need estate planning, you may find yourself sitting across a desk from attorney Michelle Zickert. If you need to put a call into Beloit Health System, you may hear the friendly voice of operator Amy Drevdahl. If you run by the grocery store to grab dinner you may be in line at the checkout behind homemaker Jennell Lintz.

But for these women, what they do by day is only half the story.

Three nights a week, Zickert sets down the paperwork to become the rink shark, Mako Move, Drevdahl becomes the point-racking jammer, Enslaved By the Belle, and Lintz transforms into the fast-moving Down-N-Dirty in the rough-and-tumble sport that is roller derby.

Together with 25 to 30 other local women, they are the Beloit Bombshells.

Zickert, a Beloit resident and current team president, helped create the Bombshells back in June 2012, pulling members from other groups in the area like the Rock River Rollers, the Stateline Roller Derby Divas, the Delavan Dolls of Derby and the Cherry Bombers from Chocolate City.

“We're kind of a conglomeration of other groups that dissolved or collapsed, plus we've picked up some new skaters as well,” Zickert said. “We are a really tight-knit group, and we practice three times a week. Some of our girls even come from as far as Burlington to practice.”
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