Looking back at the season the Severna Park Falcons ice hockey team had, Michael Wiley couldn’t have felt more honored to have been chosen by his coach as the Voice’s Student-Athlete of the Month.
“With knowing how many great players there are on the team, I am truly flattered to have my coach recommend me,” Wiley said.
A senior, Wiley was used at multiple positions for a Falcons ice hockey team that made it to the state semifinals, where they were defeated by Winston Churchill, finishing with a 9-0-2 record.
“He has been a starting center for a couple years,” Falcons head coach Eric St. Lawrence explained. “Although listed as a forward when coming into Severna Park hockey, we used him as a defenseman his freshman and sophomore years. We were lacking on the blue line, and he is a very strong skater with good size, a high level of physicality and great stick skills.”
Beyond Wiley’s versatility to play different positions, St. Lawrence also pointed to Wiley’s intangibles as a key piece to the Falcons’ success.
“Mike’s hockey sense, abilities and competitive level also had him being utilized for power plays and penalty kills,” St. Lawrence said. “His efforts during the regular season when we were undefeated in conference play had him as the second-highest player in scoring totals at 15 points (five goals and 10 assists) with a 1.35 average points per game. On top of that, he played in all 11 conference games, two conference playoff games and three state playoff games without serving a single penalty minute.”
Despite being one of the team leaders this season, Wiley was not one to lead through his words but rather with his actions.
“I wouldn’t consider myself very talkative with the team,” he said. “But I would like to think I lead through example, whether it be off-ice focusing on our next game or on the ice, giving it my all.” Looking ahead, Wiley plans on playing for University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). “I do wish the team luck and to beat Winston Churchill in states next year,” he said.
In partnership with The Matt Wyble Team of Century 21, the Voice’s Student-Athlete of the Month series recognizes the many student-athletes in our area who make an impact not necessarily by way of statistics or stardom, but by their unique contributions. Contact Zach Sparks at email@example.com to nominate a young person in our community making a positive impact through sports.