Player of the Week: Tyler Walker
Tyler Walker is setting the pace for this year’s Lake Region boys’ varsity basketball team.
In the team’s first three games, the senior point guard has led the team in scoring with 19, 19 and 37 points (25.0 per game average), respectively.
“Tyler’s role has changed this year from being the explosive hard-nose defender off the bench to a quiet leader on and off the court. He still can be counted on to play his hard-nose defense, but now has the opportunity to show his other talents,” Laker Coach John Mayo said. “He leads by example on the floor with his hard play during practice and games. He is greatly respected by his teammate for his basketball accomplishments and his knowledge of the game.”
Coach Mayo added, “It has been exciting to watch him grow as a player and a person over the years. It has been a pleasure coaching Tyler. We had our first basketball practice together many years ago when he started kindergarten basketball right up through travel basketball, middle school and now in his senior year.”
In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Tyler is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.
The Walker File
Name: Tyler Walker
Year in School: Senior
Parents: Cliff Walker and Karrie Walker
Sports you play: Golf and basketball
School organizations: Varsity Club
Why did you choose to play basketball? I grew up with a family revolved around basketball, it’s always been a part of my life.
What is the most difficult part of the game? Working hard, but coming up short.
What do you enjoy the most about the sport? Game Day.
What do you feel you need to work on and why? Staying positive when I am having a bad game.
Why is teamwork important? Your team is your biggest supporter during good and bad games.
What is the biggest impact your coach(es) have had on you? Teaching me to be great when it is my turn to be great.
How do you want people to view you as an athlete? Competitive and hardworking.
Ten years from now, when you look back on your high school sports career, what do you think you will remember most? Winning the gold ball.