DAKOTA RIDGE EAGLES
Head coach: Marv Van Lingen
Assistant coach: Anthony Arneach
Classification: 5A Jeffco
2012 record: 21-2, lost to Loveland 3-1 in the 2012 5A state championship game.
Players to watch: Rachelle Foos, Sr., P; Megan Sansburne, Soph., P/SS; Dani Valerio, Jr., Ath; Bailey Brooks, Jr., 3B/C
Season opener: Aug. 20, vs. Legend. Results were not available at press time.
State finals: Oct. 18-19, Aurora Sports Park
Outlook: Dakota Ridge lost six starters from last year’s squad as well as head coach Dave Atencio, who took the same position at Valor Christian. The Lady Eagles have a fairly young team with two varsity starters returning and the promotion of two reserves to the starting lineup. Dakota Ridge alos lost junior catcher Sierra Jones to an ACL tear this summer. But the Lady Eagles bring up an abundance of talent from the junior varsity level. The strength of the team is Foos. Sansburne is Foos’ understudy ont he mound. Valerio is a speedster and only a junior. The conference schedule is not a walk in the park. DRHS needs to play as a team and be more accountable this year to have success.
— Tim Donohoo