By Michael Bullock
Lonnie Walker certainly saved the best for last.
Not only for himself, mind you, but also for his school and the basketball-happy community that he happily calls home.
Capping a tremendous career, the 6-5 Walker put an exclamation point on his four-year career last month by leading the Red Knights (30-3) to their first PIAA Class 6A championship before a record crowd at Hershey’s Giant Center.
As a result of that win in the 6A final and an assortment of other individual accolades — Reading defeated Pine-Richland 64-60 in the Class 6A championship game on March 25 — Walker has been chosen the Class 6A player of the year by the panel of Pennsylvania sports writers that selected the all-state teams.
Rick Perez, who piloted Reading to its elusive first state championship, was tagged the Class 6A coach of the year.