Steed, Maulden sign college scholarships

Published 4:36 pm Friday, January 31, 2020

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Pike Liberal Arts School ended the week on a high note when they celebrated two scholarship signings on Friday morning.

Seniors Holt Steed and Aubrey Maulden signed on the dotted line and will play at the next level.

Holt Steed signed a baseball scholarship with Lawson State and Maulden signed to play softball with Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.

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The signing took place in a packed cafeteria in front of students, teachers, coaches and families.

“It shows how many people care about you,” Steed said. “They want to show up and celebrate you and your success. It’s just a big day.”

For Maulden, it was a day she had been dreaming about for as long as she could remember.

“I’m just thankful I have the opportunity,” Maulden said. “I can’t thank all my coaches and teammates enough because I couldn’t have gotten here by myself.”

Maulden is entering her second season with the Patriots. Maulden came to the Patriots in advance of her junior season. She played her first two seasons at Pike County High School. Maulden gives credit to both of coaching staffs for her getting her to the next level.

“I was very close to coach (Fawn) Sims at Pike County,” Maulden said. “Coming here was kind of tough. In the end I am glad I did, because I think I grew as a player. I have learned how to play with different people. Both coach Sims and coach (Robert) Rollan have similar coaching styles. It was any easy move. I am grateful for all of them.”

Steed and the Patriots enter the 2020 season as back-to-back state champions. Last season, Steed played a big role on the mound for the Patriots, especially in the postseason.

“It made it easier with the people behind me,” Steed said. “The relationship I have with my catcher, when I went out there I knew I had other people that had my back that could help me get through.”

Now as a senior, Steed believes he will have the pitches to once again have a strong season.

“I think I have developed my pitches and have developed pitches,” Steed said. “I have confidence in those pitches.”

Maulden’s future coach Tiffany Taylor was on hand to watch the senior sign her scholarship. Maulden is excited to not only play under her, but for the school.

“I really like coach Taylor. I have heard many good things,” Maulden said. “When I went to the tryout, I started talking with her and we really meshed well. She really reminds me of coach Sims and coach Rollan. Their program is one of the best if not the best.”

Steed will be heading north to Birmingham to attend Lawson State. He is excited about the opportunity, while at the same time looking ahead to the future.

“I am looking forward to it,” Steed said. “It’s a two-year college and I’m going there to develop and hopefully get to a four-year school. They’re great people and are very religious, which I love. They will do anything for me.”

Both players have one more season with the Patriots. Both of them want to continue to be a role model for their team, while at the same time be successful on the field.

“The brotherhood we have on this team I think is better than the last couple of years,” Steed said. “I want to put myself on the line for the team and do as much as I can.”

“I want to be a role model for the younger girls,” Maulden said. “Now that they have seen me signing, that’s a big role to fill. I want to be a good leader. I want to win a state championship this year.”