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Eagles help raise breast cancer awareness

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By Dan Johnson

The Dakota Ridge girls basketball team certainly looked pretty in pink, but there was more than just style concerns behind the fashion statement.

The Eagles wore pink jerseys - both Feb. 21 against Columbine and two days earlier against Bear Creek - as part of Think Pink Cancer Awareness week.

The uniform change certainly brought good vibes to Dakota Ridge as they won both games while donning the pink jerseys, earning a share of the Class 5A Jefferson County League title in the process.

Sophomore forward Brooke Orcutt was instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

“It’s been nearly the whole school year working to get everything ready for this week,” said Orcutt, who in addition playing basketball also is a part of student government. “I’m so happy it all worked out because we’ve been working so hard for it.”

In addition to hosting the two basketball games, members of the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team have taken part in the Race for the Cure, as well as other fund-raising activities. To date, the Eagles have raised over $1,000.

“It really was a lot of fun,” said Dakota Ridge coach Traci Nemechek, who, along with her assistant coaches, wore pink dress shirts during the games. “The other part was to bring attention to (breast cancer). One of eight women are affected by (breast cancer). We’re looking at a situation where we want everyone to be aware of it.

“Hopefully, it will get bigger and better in the future and we can get the entire district involved.”

And, as for the pink jerseys?

“I don’t want to get out of them,” Orcutt said. “I love them and they are good luck for us.”