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The man who allegedly held 11 people hostage at gunpoint in a Red Roof Inn motel room last summer is scheduled for a plea hearing Thursday, June 13. Demetrius Santreell Ballinger, 26, is facing 27 felony counts that include second degree attempted murder and first degree criminal sexual conduct. The incident that happened in August of 2012 led to a four-hour standoff and the death of one of the victims, Mark E.
Woodbury area cross country clinic A summer clinic series will be offered to any runner who is planning on participating in boys or girls high school cross country in the fall of 2013. The clinic will be offered twice a week - on Mondays and Wednesdays - at 8 a.m. from June 17 to July 24 at Woodbury High School. The cost is $20. Pete Wareham, head men's cross country coach at the University of St. Thomas, will be conducting the clinic sessions. Each session will have a "topic of the day" relating to how to compete successfully in the sport of cross country.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- It was a day John Soderberg didn't know if he'd ever witness. In the shadow of the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge, area business leaders, residents, politicians and media representatives gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the St.
A Suburban East Conference record 400-meter dash by East Ridge senior Nate Roese highlighted the Raptors boys and girls track teams' strong showings at the SEC Championship meet, held Tuesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 23, at East Ridge High School. Roese, the defending state champion in the 400-meter dash, ran the event in an SEC-record time of 48.26 seconds, beating the previous record of 48.50 by Paul Harris in 2004. East Ridge junior Augie Ollrich was second place in the event with a time of 49.80.
They did it. The New Life Academy softball team tied a state record by reaching an eighth consecutive state tournament, beating Minneapolis Washburn 2-0 in the Section 4A Championship game on Tuesday, May 28, at Hamline University. "Last year wasn't really expected, but this year we set some goals and this was one of them," New Life head coach Mick Ramey said. "No. 8 was the goal." With the eight straight state appearances, New Life ties Winona Cotter for the most in the history of Minnesota high school softball.
East Ridge kept its season alive Monday with a 7-1 victory over Tartan in the consolation round of the Section 4AAA playoffs in North St. Paul. Josh Stuempert gave up three hits in a complete-game victory and did not allow a walk. Raptors senior Ryan Gregory had three hits and three RBI while sophomore Sam Cobbs had an RBI double. "It was a good day overall for us as team," East Ridge head coach Brian Sprout said. "I think we were ready to go right away at the start of the game.
Woodbury's season came to a screeching halt Thursday in a game where the eighth-seeded Royals had nearly as many errors as base hits in the first round of the Section 4AAA playoffs against ninth-seeded Roseville in Woodbury. The Royals committed six errors and finished with seven hits in an 8-2 loss to the Raiders (9-10) in the first round of the section playoffs, but even that figure doesn't account for several other mistakes that ultimately cost Woodbury from advancing.
The Woodbury girls golf team earned third place in the final Suburban East Conference standings. The Royals took fourth place at the SEC Championship Tournament on Thursday, May 23, at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater. East Ridge won this year's conference championship title, leapfrogging Forest Lake with a third-straight first-place finish. East Ridge and Forest Lake were the only two teams to win SEC tournaments this season. The Raptors finished with five first-place finishes on the season and 79 total points. Forest Lake won four matches and took second with 71 points.
The East Ridge boys tennis team did something it's never done before. The Raptors advanced five players -- two doubles teams and one singles player -- to the Section 3AAA individual quarterfinals. East Ridge junior singles player Zekeria Nigatu won both his matches in straight sets over Park and Rosemount in the first two rounds. Nigatu, the seventh seed, beat Park senior Charlie Link 6-1, 6-0 in the opener and Rosemount junior Sairam Sunkam 6-1, 6-2 in round two. He will now face the section's No.
A year ago, the East Ridge girls golf team finished second in the Suburban East Conference standings. The Raptors weren't about to come up just short again. East Ridge won this year's conference championship title, leapfrogging Forest Lake with a third-straight first-place finish at the SEC Championship Tournament on Thursday, May 23, at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater. "I don't know how they did it," East Ridge head coach Mark Retica said. "It's extremely satisfying. It's been such a challenging spring with the weather. It was fun. There was no shortage of smiles.