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KOAA Athlete of the Week: Wiley Burkett, Cheyenne Mountain Lacrosse

Posted: 10:39 PM, Apr 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-10 14:18:39-04

You can thank the ‘power of mom’ for Wiley Burkett playing lacrosse. A friend’s mom, that is.

“She was like, ‘I saw a flyer for a lacrosse team – you guys should go!'” he said. “We went out and got a bunch of gear, went out and started playing and from there we kind of fell in love with it.”

The feeling is mutual when you watch him on the field. Burkett leads Cheyenne Mountain (6-2) in goals with 23 and has guided the Indians back to the top spot in the 4A polls.

A reporter asked Burkett what’s his favorite goal?

“Favorite goal?”

Favorite goal?

“Behind the back.”

“He plays box lacrosse and that really gives him a lot of ball control in tight with a lot of pressure on him,” said head coach Mike Paige. “He’s a captain, he’s a leader on our team and he’s just have done a fabulous job.”

Burkett was a big part of the 4A state championship team in 2018 and feels like the target on their back has never been brighter.

“Definitely put a light on Colorado Springs, for sure,” Burkett said.