Reading’s Walker, Wood’s Gillespie highlight AP All-State Honorees

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.

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