Action Sports HS Athlete of the Year: Kyle Gallagher

By wbng sports

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM EDT

Town of Union (WBNG Binghamton)

It was a year most athletes can only dream of. A calendar year that must have seemed surreal at times for Maine-Endwell junior Kyle Gallagher. It started by being named an All-State Hoops star, then he was a contributor on a Section 4 champion baseball team. To top things off, this fall he was named the MVP of the football state title game. It was a year he'll never forget.

"I've always been striving to be the best and I thank the team's I've been on and how successful we've been, the coaches, and the teachers and everyone involved," said Gallagher. "My parents, my brothers, my classmates, all of them pushing me to be the best I can be."

You may never know it by talking with him though. Through it all, Gallagher has remained humble, a lesson his parents taught him from the beginning.

"They always obviously pushed me to be the best I can be, but while I'm doing so you don't say anything," said Gallagher of his parent's teaching. "You just go out there and lead by example and do the best you can."

His father, Matt Gallagher, possibly with the best view of his son on the football field, and is probably the most proud of anyone to see his son's success.

"He does his best in whatever he's doing," said Matt. "I think he's a great teammate because he tries to pick-up the other people on his team, and he's just a great kid."

However, after all that Kyle is still just a junior. Currently he's back in basketball mode, looking to outdo his performance last season. In the end though, Kyle just tries to stay focused.

"I know my coaches, my friends and my teachers will always push me to be the best I can be," said Gallagher. "Just make sure to keep focused and keep setting your goals high."

For another year and a half, those expectations will continue to be lofty for Gallagher. But after this year, if there's any high schooler to top them, it just might be Kyle.

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