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Girls golf captain says team has improved

Senior captain Ellen Bergschneider puts her ball on the green at the Suburban East Conference meet.

A five-year veteran on the Hastings High School girls golf team, senior Ellen Bergschneider is wrapping up her last season as a captain with the Raiders.

"It's been a really good experience, and this group of girls has been really fun," she said.

She said that she hopes to continue playing at the college level next year.

In Bergschneider's home, golf is a family event. When she was just 10, her parents decided to take her along on one of their golf outings to see if she liked it. She still golfs with her family in her spare time, and got her best personal score - a 41 on nine holes - while golfing with her mother recently.

"It's a great way to spend time with my family," she said.

As an only child, Bergschneider's family consisted only of herself and her parents, but that changed four and a half months ago. Her younger sister will likely be joining the trio on the course in a few years, and may eventually follow in Bergschneider's footsteps.

"She'll be the next Bergschneider girl on the team," she said.

Gaining a younger sister helped her decide what she wanted to study in college. She had considered going into nursing at one point and discarded the idea, but the birth of her sister set her back on that path.

"Once my sister was born, I realized I wanted to be a nurse and work in birthing centers," she said.

Looking back on her last high school season, Bergschneider had positive comments.

"I think we've done really well," she said.

Across the team, scores have been consistently low and the team has made a lot of progress over the season, she said. Because they play in such a difficult conference, however, it's difficult to see just how well the Raider girls have done, she added.

Although she'll be gone next year, Bergschneider is confident that next year's team will continue to do well.

"We have a lot of up-and-coming girls," all of whom are working hard to improve, she said.