Player Profile: Public Jenemy

By: Rainbow Rucker

Derby Name: Public Jenemy #01

Real Life Alias: Jenna Cucco

Freshie Year: 2013-2014

If there was ever a skater whose derby name did not exactly fit her real life persona, it’s AllStars Co-Captain Public Jenemy. She is, quite possibly, the kindest and happiest person you will ever meet. But on the track she’s a fierce competitor who will give it all and you will understand why her name suits, even if it isn’t exactly the name she originally imagined when she started derby.

Jenemy didn’t consider herself an athlete before she started roller derby, even though she played soccer all through childhood and through high school as well as lacrosse in high school. She was on 6 intermural teams in college, even though she never played in a single game, but she hasn’t looked back since she started roller derby. In her first bout she got lead in the first half, though the second half showed the harder side of derby. But it was worth all the effort she spent late at night in a farmhouse on the top of a very rural mountaintop skating in the basement hallway focusing on her transitions. Working at derby – the drive to get better – is half the fun for her, and something that was missing from her previous sporting endeavors.

Her derby career started out less auspiciously than some, with an ankle injury during her first bout against Star City in Roanoke Virginia, but it has only grown since then. And Jenemy will be the first to tell you that all the hard work really pays off. It has earned her the auspicious helmet covers, the two positions she likes the most of Jammer and Pivot. She has also shown her love of derby to lots of new skaters through fresh meat programs, and taken two littles (who absolutely adore her) Bullyt Bri and Beast of Eden. Her “derby wife”, Grey Helmet, popped the question last year in Savannah in a very fun surprise before the whole team. She will be marrying her real life sweatheart this year as well, at the Jersey Shore where she is from and her love of derby began. Three generations of her family decided to go see a bout after seeing a flyer on the boardwalk and that was when she knew she needed derby in her life forever.

Outside of derby Jenemy is committed to giving back to the community. She works for Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley at their Community Outreach Coordinator and does a little bit of everything for them it seems, including getting derby girls down to help build houses. She can speak a little Spanish, but only to her three dogs and little kitten. When she was little she wanted to be lots of different things along the way, but we can see the ballerina in her skating style as she uses some very fancy footwork to sneak through your line.

Buy this lady a grilled hotdog in the peak of summertime, and make sure you give her ketchup to put on it (actually, just give her ketchup, she can show you how to eat anything properly with ketchup). But be careful, she might already have snuck through the line and skated away while you were queued up at the grill waiting on the dog.

Photo Credit: KGB Photography

Player Profile: TuTu LaRue

By: Rainbow Rucker

Derby Name: TuTu LaRue #22

Real Life Alias: Billie Jo Mosley Burns

Freshie Year: 2012-2013 with G-Force

Number of Tattoos:  2

 

We call her “The Ever Graceful TuTu LaRue” but you can call her a jammer’s worst nightmare. And we’re not gonna lie, we all know her butt is magical. Even though you know you can’t get around her easily as a jammer you are just drawn to trying, and that’s alright by ARG! She is the 2017 AllStars Captain and a proud, important member of ARG.

Her derby career started with G-Force in December 2012 but long before that she was an art skater for over 11 years. Unfortunately, as an art skater she learned how to fall a very specific way, so falling on her knees was an incredibly difficult transition for her to make. You spend 11 years learning to fall on the meaty part of your thighs and rear, and then derby strapped some pads on her and told her to hit her knees first, it was counter-intuitive to her previous training to say the least. But she made it through that to her first bout in a co-ed invitational and then with her team against Smokey Mountain Rollergirls. She remembers the highs and lows of that bout well, an injured teammate but they won.

If you want to get on TuTu’s good side she really likes tutus, in case her name didn’t tell you. Pink, purple, glitter, light up yeah, she probably has that kind of tutu at home. And at least when you have a name like TuTu it is easy to pick your number, or sometimes your number picks your name when a lot of things in your life revolve around the number 22. But clowns can just stay away. Far, far away. If she was the lawyer that she originally wanted to be when she was growing up there would probably be a standing restraining order on all clowns getting within 100-yard radius, but she became a master barber instead. That’s right, this fiercely fabulous blocker extraordinaire can also provide a nice close shave with a straight razor. Don’t ask her to do your makeup though, that’s not her thing.

TuTu has one of the longer drives for ARG players to get to bouts and practices as she lives in Belmont NC right now and commutes up to Boone for practice, a fact that we are eternally grateful for. She has a day job that seems to involve her posting pictures of amazing looking food to make the rest of us jealous. Or maybe there is other accounting work going on behind the scenes. All we know, is that she’s happiest whenever she is on skates, and the only break she really took from skating was to get married and have a kid. Since he skates too we are giving them both a pass on that one. She made up for it by working to foster the love of derby in others and encouraging new skaters. She has an abundance of derby littles as well as two current derby wives. And if you want to see her at some of her happiest you should check her out when she’s on the track.

Buy the woman a hotdog after practice, make it grilled crispy so that it’s a little black then smother it in chili, cheese and ketchup, but leave the mustard at home, she takes enough shots of that at practice and hates every slurp.

Photo Credit: Terry Bruce

Don’t Hate, Speed Date! 2017

By: Rainbow Rucker

Appalachian Rollergirls is proud to announce the annual Valentine’s Day Speed Dating event is here!

Our third annual Don’t Hate, Speed Date! is scheduled for Sunday February 12th at Cafe Portofino in Boone, NC. The event is for the 18+ crowd and welcomes anyone who is interested in making a connection. Looking for love? Great! Come on down. Looking to make a new friend? We’ve got several for you. We welcome all orientations, all love, all friendship. Doesn’t matter what you’re interested in, as long as it includes a good time you’re welcome here!

The event costs $10 for participants and while you can register at the door you can also RSVP right now by contacting holtforty5@gmail.com. We look forward to having you, and who knows, your date could end up being an ARG skater, if you play your cards right.

Flyer Credit: Holt45