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The Raider Family: Gengenbacher's always at home on the field


QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- At Quincy Notre Dame, a word you often hear whether it's describing athletics, the classroom, or any extra circular activity is family.

That couldn't be any more true when it comes to Lady Raider Softball.

It helps when you have three sisters on team. Kassidy, Kristen, and Kendra Gengenbacher have played the game together their whole lives.

"It's so much fun," Kristen told WGEM Sports.

"We've been playing together forever so I feel like we have a lot of chemistry going on the field."

This chemistry comes in handy when dealing with adversity.

"I know my sisters will be there for me no matter what if I'm hitting good or hitting bad. So I always know I have people to back me up," Kassidy expressed.

It also helps with getting through freshman year.

"It's kind of a lot of pressure because I look up to them and they push me as hard as I can. So I just try to do my best," added Kendra Gengenbacher.

When all else fails, it's nice to have an assistant coach to look up to. Or in the Gengenbacher's case, their dad.

"It's been a lot of fun," said Rick Gengenbacher.

"This year especially to coach three of them at one time, it's special."

The girl's love of the game began when they were kids playing games in the yard, but Rick has left a far greater impression on his girls.

"He just knows so much about the game and has been an inspiration to all of us," said Kassidy.

For the Gengenbacher's, every game is practically a home game.

"Our entire family is here cheering for us throughout the game," Kristen expressed.

"It's a special feeling that comes along not very often. The Gengenbacher family is just a really fun family to be apart of."

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