Palouse roller derby returns! First match since 2020 scheduled for Saturday

Several people on skates with pads and helmets in black and white gear play roller derby on a wooden floor.
Several Coyote Country players practiced for their upcoming bout at the Lilac City Roller Derby Scrimmage in Spokane on December 3. (Credit: Greg Hoover)


The Palouse area has had a vibrant roller derby culture for years. Lauren Paterson reports how the local sport is picking up again after the pandemic. 

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It was a serious scrimmage practice last Monday, December 5, at the Gladish Community Center in Pullman, Washington. 

Coyote Country Roller Derby will have their first bout this weekend in Pullman since their practice spacelike many otherswas shut down at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mimi Dissmoreaka Sharkbaitis one of the new skater coaches. 

“Coming back to roller derby after COVID, and getting to welcome new people to our community has been like a breath of fresh air and almost like coming back to life,” said Dissmore. “I didn’t realize how much I had missed it.”

Two local teams, the Rolling Hills Derby Dames, and the Palouse River Rollers, have combined to form the new Coyote Country League.

They’ll skate against Gorge Roller Derby, hailing from The Dalles, Oregon this Saturday night at 7 PM.