2021 Cheyenne Extreme, Galicia Family gears up for final games together
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - For Cheyenne Extreme, the wait to compete for a national softball title is finally over.
“Last year we didn’t go across the country and get to play because of Covid so it’s a huge deal and we’ve been preparing for the last two years just for these across the country tournaments,” said Janey Adair.
Extreme has played well this season, posting a (25-7-1) overall record. The team also owns the #14 ranking in the USSSA West Region and took home the USSSA Colorado State Championship last week
“To go down there and get that victory is big for us, said Extreme Head Coach Adam Galicia. “A lot of those teams down there are ranked nationally. Fortunately for us, we have a pretty high ranking too, but to go down there…and they don’t like to see us come down there and beat their Colorado teams.”
For the girls of Cheyenne Extreme, one of their favorite parts of this upcoming national tournament is to prove people wrong and to show that there’s plenty of softball talent in the least populated state in the country.
“I like when I hear somebody from the northeast or even down [in the] South and they’re like what state is that in,” said Galicia. ”It’s kind of a motivation for us,” he later said. “It’s a driving theme for us to let these other states and everybody know who we are.”
But for one Cheyenne Extreme player, there is an even deeper motivation. Black Hills State Commit Ariana Galicia prepares for her last games representing Cheyenne, and her last games playing for her father.
“It’s definitely scary to think about the fact that this is the end of that era for us,” she said. “But I’m excited to see what happens in the future. Now he can watch me and actually enjoy it instead of being all worried about everything that goes into coaching. So, we’ll see. It’s a little bit bittersweet.”
Cheyenne Extreme’s quest for a national championship begins next week. Already on the schedule are teams from Illinois, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.
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