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Sports Spotlight: Ricky Galindo

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Bismarck High has a storied history on the football field and wrestling mat. And to have that kind of success, you must have standout student-athletes.

Ricky Galindo fits that description.

Weston Dressler and Layne Johs are two of the best running backs to ever play at BHS, but head coach Mark Gibson puts Ricky Galindo in that same category.

"It makes me feel good because of all the good runners to come out of BHS. For him to say I'm one of the best, if not the best or toughest; like you said, it means a lot because I respect him a lot. For him to say that overthrows any emotion I can say," says BHS senior Galindo.

Keyword "toughest." Galindo does not go down easily. If you're going to tackle him you better wrap up, and then hope one of your teammates is there to help.

"We'd like to take some credit for what he did up front, but a lot of it was him gaining that extra yard, fighting for that extra yard, doing things that normally a kid's not going to do. That's just the type of kid he is. He's a warrior. We know if we want a yard, he's going to get you a yard," says Gibson.

In Galindo's first three seasons on the gridiron, he was a complimentary piece to three state titles. But he really bursted onto the scene as a senior. Despite all his individual success, the Demons fell a win short of another state title.

"You know I still think about it and yeah it sucks. But that's what also drove me into the wrestling season. I didn't want it to happen again. It made me realize that I'm not invincible, and anything can be taken," says Galindo.

Clearly that frame of thinking worked because this year Ricky earned his second straight individual state championship on the wrestling mat.

"To be successful with anything, you've got to train and practice and make it also muscle memory. I've trained and put my body through pain that most others wouldn't just to be the best. Once I set my mind to it, there's nothing that can stop me," says Galindo.

And now, that his athletic career is over, he can look back at the moments spent with his teammates.

"My favorite sports memory is the team, and I celebrating after a tough win against Fargo South, first time. We had a disco dance party in the locker room. So, it gets pretty wild and being that close to the team and having that much fun with the group of guys I played with and grew up with. That's gotta be my favorite memory," says Galindo.

Spoken like a true team player.

Next year, Galindo plans to enroll in Army bootcamp for a year and then go to UND to resume his football career.



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