By Joshua Huff, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — Hewitt-Trussville High School graduating senior Tyler Mauldin was awarded the Robert Finley Scholarship on Friday afternoon as announced by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
The scholarship was established to provide financial aid to a graduating senior.
Mauldin, a Northwest Florida State College commit, scored nine runs at the plate and posted a 4-0 record on the mound with a 0.75 ERA during a shortened final campaign. This followed a 2019 season where he hit .301 with 32 runs scored. Mauldin led the team with 44 hits, three triples, two homeruns, 34 RBIs and hit .397 with runners in scoring position. On the mound, Mauldin went 6-1 with a 2.49 ERA. He struck out 42.
The Robert Finley Scholarship is in honor of W.A. Berry High School’s longtime coach and educator who passed away in the summer of 1994 at the age of 56.
Finley is remembered as a man with great character and his desire to always do the right thing.
“Anybody who knew him knows he was the most humble person; someone who never liked the spotlight,” Diane Finley, Robert’s wife, said of her late husband. “He was just being himself in all he did. He never wanted any fuss.”
Robert was inducted into the Alabama High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992.
Following his passing, the Finley Committee for Character Education was formed, which exists to promote good character among students and employees.