Under the direction of coach Buddy Kearns, the Pioneers, with Steed, Ron Calloway, Lester Weems, Minor Woods and others, were one of the more exciting teams in the Kanawha Valley. Steed was a physically mature, high-flying player who could score inside and out.
When Steed was a senior in 1971, the Pioneers had talent, but they had the misfortune of being in the same sectional as an outstanding George Washington team that went on to win the AAA state championship.
Current GW coach Rick Greene remembers Steed well.
"I guarded him one night and he scored 44 points. With the 3-point line, who knows how many he would have scored," Greene said. "After the game, Coach [Fred] Aldridge told me I did a good job. He said if anyone else on the team had guarded him, he would have scored 60."
Billy Joe Hicks, a former DuPont guard and the longtime baseball coach at Hurricane High School, remembers this about Steed's athleticism.
"In one game, Steed got the ball out on a fast break and I got back as fast as I could and got right to the spot where I knew I could draw the charge," remembers Hicks. "I stood there, waiting for the contact and he just jumped over top of me. I saw the bubble gum on the bottom of his shoes."
Steed was best known in the Kanawha Valley in high school for basketball, but college scouts felt he had more long-range potential in football. He signed to play with Marshall and was a starting wide receiver as a true freshman on the Young Thundering Herd team that re-started the football program in 1971.
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