Football great Joe Steffy dies at 85 and more region sports news

Football great Joe Steffy dies at 85 and more region sports news

May 24th, 2011 by Staff Reports in Sports

Joe Steffy, a Baylor School graduate who won the 1947 Outland Trophy as an Army offensive lineman in 1947, died Saturday at the age of 85 in Newburgh, N.Y., where he had lived for more than half a century. The funeral will be held there Wednesday. A niece of Steffy, Lynn Burrow, lives on Signal Mountain, and nephew Buddy Edging is a Hixson resident. After playing on a Baylor team that lost only one game, Steffy began his college career at Tennessee and helped the Volunteers reach the 1944 Rose Bowl. Then he was drafted into the Army and given the choice of immediate active service or going to West Point. He chose the latter, World War II ended, and he blocked for all-time greats Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, was himself a two-time All-American and played on two undefeated, national-champion Army teams. He also starred in track and field and wrestling and held an Army shot put record for 33 years. Steffy is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and he served in the Korean Conflict and earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.


  • McCallie School alumni Sean Ryan and Jimmy Welborn were winners Sunday in the Pensacola (Fla.) Bay Bridge Swim, and 18-year McCallie coach Stan Corcoran was an age-group runner-up. Ryan, who just completed his freshman year at Michigan, was the overall winner in the 10-kilometer open-water event in 2 hours, 13 minutes. Welborn won the 55-60 5k swim in 1:23:07, and fellow Chattanooga River Rat masters team member Corcoran was second in 45-49 in 1:47:06. Ryan will compete for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the open-water nationals 10k on June 10 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Auto Racing

  • Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., won the 34th annual Coca-Cola Tennessee Memorial Race from the pole Saturday night at Cleveland Speedway. His sixth career Southern All-Star victory earned him $5,000. Chris Madden of Gaffney, S.C., battled him for much of the 50-lap event but was in a collision with Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., that knocked both out of contention in the final laps. David Payne of Murphy finished second with William Thomas of Phenix City, Ala., third. Chad Ogle of Sevierville and Stacy Boles of Clinton, Tenn., were fourth and fifth. Tanner Works of Cleveland was eighth as the highest finishing local driver.


  • SILVIS, Ill. - The Lee University and Tennessee Wesleyan College men's golf teams will begin play at 8:30 a.m. EDT today at the NAIA national tournament at TPC Deere Run. The two southeastern Tennessee teams will be playing today with Cumberlands of Williamsburg, Ky., starting on hole 10.

Bicycle Racing

  • Red Bank resident T.J. Killelea finished fifth in men's category 3 in the bicycle circuit race Sunday in Huntsville's Rocket City Races. That event was on a 3.1-mile loop at the Research Park. He finished 14th Saturday in the 45-minute criterium in downtown Huntsville. That race on a 0.8-mile course was the Alabama State Criterium. Killelea recently finished his freshman year at King College as the third over Men's B racer in the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. He will compete this weekend in the Tour of Atlanta stage race, where he was fifth last year. It will include two criteriums Saturday and road races Sunday and Monday.


  • The Chattanooga Cyclones 14-under baseball team opened its season by winning the Dalton Spring Grand Slam this past weekend. The Cyclones scored 14 runs in their first at-bat and beat the Predators 19-4 with Andy Wright collecting three hits, four RBIs and three runs, Tyler Lowe and Gabriel Fomby each adding two hits and an RBI and Tyler Meroney getting the pitching win. Ryan Mahaffey had two doubles and two RBIs, Lowe and Caleb Hill each had two hits and Chase Tidwell got the win with relief help from Lowe in a 7-3 defeat of Adrenaline. Then the Cyclones edged Adrenaline 5-4 with three hits from Fomby, two hits and two RBIs from Hunter Mercer, the winning hit from Cory Edgemon and Hill getting the win in relief. Wright was the winning pitcher with relief from Mercer in the 13-2 championship victory over the Georgia Stars, when Lowe had two hits and scored twice and Hayden Bradley had two hits, an RBI and a run. Former Cyclones Tanner Moore and Justin Higdon coach the team.