Betties Finish Second In State Tournament; Betties Skater Voted Overall MVP

(Cody, Wyo.) For the third year in a row, Debbie Mercury, also known as Debbie Cobb, from Wright, has organized the "WyoCup" -- a state championship for area roller derby teams. And for the third year in a row, Cobb's Cheyenne Capidolls have captured first place at the tournament. This year's round robin took place in Cody at the home of the Yellowstone Quake. Seven teams competed for the title, including one of Gillette's own roller derby leagues, the Powder River Rousta Bout-it Betties. The Betties were undefeated during regular season play, and even beat the Capidolls 133-109 in semifinal play. [image: 20160716_102846[1].jpg] *Photo: Betties vs. Rawlins' Pen-up Girlz in Game 2 on Saturday* But the Cheyenne team made a comeback against Jackson Hole's Juggernauts, defeating them Sunday afternoon for their shot at the finals. The loss to the Capidolls is the only one on the Betties' unblemished record, but teammate Spider Monkey (real name: Tiffany Wright) performed so well in her role as jammer this weekend, she was overwhelming voted MVP for the tournament. As part of her MVP status, Wright will go on to be the poster girl for next year's WyoCup. [image: 20160716_151512[1].jpg] Rawlins' Pen-Up Girls surprised everyone with their showing at the Cup. The last-place seeded team was mostly new skaters, and had not played a single game this year before appearing in Cody for the tournament. After losing to the Betties in the first round of play, they defeated third-seeded Casper's A'Salt Creek Roller Girls, and went on to give third-place finishing Juggernauts a closely contested first half in Game 7. [image: 20160717_123013[1].jpg] *'Do it for Pixie!' -- the Juggernauts rally around their fallen teammate before Game 11 against the Capidolls* The tournament also raised money for Juggernaut Pixie Tourette with a buy-in mixed scrimmage that raised over $400, a raffle, and part of the ticket proceeds going to Pixie's family. Pixie, real name Jennifer Nalley, was murdered over the July 4th holiday. A memorial painting created by all WyoCup attendees was presented to her team during the awards ceremony, to show her family the impact she had on the roller derby community. [image: 20160716_102914[1].jpg] Other participants in this year's tournament were the Bittersweet Bombshells of Sweetwater County, who placed fourth, and the host team Heart Mountain Wreck on Wheels, who placed fifth. Currently the location of the next WyoCup is up for grabs, but Cobb is hoping the tournament will someday appear in Campbell County. An archive of the live streams of every game is available on the WyoRDA page. #county17 #news