Yes, Dakota Ridge is coming off an 18-win season a year ago. Yes, the Eagles went to the Sweet 16 last season for the first time since 2004. Yes, Dakota Ridge is ranked No. 7 in the 5A state boys basketball poll. Yet, somehow, the Eagles have been flying under the radar, albeit, slightly. They’re not anymore.
Behind a tenacious man-to-man defense that flustered Arapahoe into turnovers throughout, Dakota Ridge enters the winter break an unblemished 8-0 following a 70-56 road victory Dec. 20 at Arapahoe High School.