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Tom Archdeacon

Award-winning columnist Tom Archdeacon is an old-school storyteller who writes about sports, the city, southwest Ohio and anything else that catches his fancy or yours.

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Tom Archdeacon: Brian Roberts takes rightful place in UD Hall of Fame
 It took only a few steps for him to feel it. “As soon as I started walking to halfcourt with my plaque I could feel it,” Brian Roberts said. “It’s the love and you feel it. I’ve been gone for years, but I walked out across that court and it brought back memories. There’s just something different about UD...

Posted: 22 hours ago

It took only a few steps for him to feel it. “As soon as I started walking to halfcourt with my plaque I could feel it,” Brian Roberts said. “It’s the love and you feel it. I’ve been gone for years, but I walked out across that court and it brought back memories. There’s just something different about UD...
Tom Archdeacon: Chaminade Julienne grads make lasting impact at Wilmington College
 It was one of the only times they did not partake in all that Wilmington College had to offer. Last Wednesday evening, the Black Student Initiative — the campus organization of which Ja’Cole Tabor is president and her cousin Brittaney Jefferson is a member — teamed up with the school’s Office of Multicultural Affairs...

Posted: a day ago

It was one of the only times they did not partake in all that Wilmington College had to offer. Last Wednesday evening, the Black Student Initiative — the campus organization of which Ja’Cole Tabor is president and her cousin Brittaney Jefferson is a member — teamed up with the school’s Office of Multicultural Affairs...
Tom Archdeacon: Central State-Wilberforce matchup ‘talk of the town’
 When he played at Notre Dame in the mid-1980s, he was involved in some intense rivalry games. “UCLA was huge,” Central State coach Joseph Price recalled Monday afternoon as he sat in his office above the Beacom/Lewis Gym floor. “And the University of Dayton was always a big rival, too.” At some of his previous coaching...

Posted: 5 days ago

When he played at Notre Dame in the mid-1980s, he was involved in some intense rivalry games. “UCLA was huge,” Central State coach Joseph Price recalled Monday afternoon as he sat in his office above the Beacom/Lewis Gym floor. “And the University of Dayton was always a big rival, too.” At some of his previous coaching...
Archdeacon: UD athletes volunteer in Nicaragua with Global Brigades
 Lucas Edwards won’t soon forget the little Nicaraguan girl. “This young girl – she was about 11 – she came in with epilepsy,” the Dayton Flyers linebacker said. “She was diagnosed when she was six or seven and she had just started having seizures again. “Her family was very poor and upon talking to...

Posted: 7 days ago

Lucas Edwards won’t soon forget the little Nicaraguan girl. “This young girl – she was about 11 – she came in with epilepsy,” the Dayton Flyers linebacker said. “She was diagnosed when she was six or seven and she had just started having seizures again. “Her family was very poor and upon talking to...
Tom Archdeacon: Benzinger’s ‘selfish’ play lifts Wright State
 Toward the end of the second half, he said one thought just kept popping up in his mind: “Gimme that ball!” “I actually think I was being a little selfish,” Grant Benzinger admitted. “I stole a couple of rebounds from Justin Mitchell. I feel bad now, stealing rebounds from my teammate, but I was just so locked...

Posted: 9 days ago

Toward the end of the second half, he said one thought just kept popping up in his mind: “Gimme that ball!” “I actually think I was being a little selfish,” Grant Benzinger admitted. “I stole a couple of rebounds from Justin Mitchell. I feel bad now, stealing rebounds from my teammate, but I was just so locked...
Tom Archdeacon: St. Joe’s coach — a good man who gets no boos
 Over the years, Phil Martelli, the astute, veteran coach of Saint Joseph’s, has had a surprise or two for Archie Miller when their two teams have met, but this time he really caught the Dayton Flyers coach off guard. It happened just before Tuesday’s game at UD Arena and left Miller, in his words, saying: “What’s he...

Posted: 11 days ago

Over the years, Phil Martelli, the astute, veteran coach of Saint Joseph’s, has had a surprise or two for Archie Miller when their two teams have met, but this time he really caught the Dayton Flyers coach off guard. It happened just before Tuesday’s game at UD Arena and left Miller, in his words, saying: “What’s he...
Archdeacon: Dayton guard Kyle Davis knows how to win
 It was his fourth drive to the rim of the second half Saturday, but this one was different. For just a moment, Kyle Davis wasn’t flying down the court at sold-out UD Arena, he was back on the South Side of Chicago, going to the hoop in the alley behind his house at 86th and Union. And instead of 6-foot-8 Duquesne defender Isiaha Mike...

Posted: 15 days ago

It was his fourth drive to the rim of the second half Saturday, but this one was different. For just a moment, Kyle Davis wasn’t flying down the court at sold-out UD Arena, he was back on the South Side of Chicago, going to the hoop in the alley behind his house at 86th and Union. And instead of 6-foot-8 Duquesne defender Isiaha Mike...
Tom Archdeacon: Former Dunbar, Ohio State standout starring in Iran
 When it comes to basketball, there is little her son does anymore that surprises her. But this did. “Yeah, bless his little heart, he grew himself a beard,” Renae Cook said of her son Daequan. “He looks like one of the Iranians now. He blends in good.” Not quite. At the moment Daequan Cook needs more than a thatch...

Posted: 15 days ago

When it comes to basketball, there is little her son does anymore that surprises her. But this did. “Yeah, bless his little heart, he grew himself a beard,” Renae Cook said of her son Daequan. “He looks like one of the Iranians now. He blends in good.” Not quite. At the moment Daequan Cook needs more than a thatch...
Tom Archdeacon: Quite a journey for Fairmont Hall of Famer
 For Hank Bias, first impressions were true. “I’ve known him since he was in first grade. He was in my phys ed class at Oakview (Elementary),” Bias said of Lamar Skeeter. “He and I were together a dozen years back in Kettering. And right from the start, there was no question he was gonna be something special.&rdquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

For Hank Bias, first impressions were true. “I’ve known him since he was in first grade. He was in my phys ed class at Oakview (Elementary),” Bias said of Lamar Skeeter. “He and I were together a dozen years back in Kettering. And right from the start, there was no question he was gonna be something special.&rdquo...
Tom Archdeacon: Harris has Central State Marauder women on the way up
 It was a fundamental rule of this particular court, one more important than usual orders of an outdoor game that include “no hanging on the rim” and “make it, take it.” “If you saw cars driving really slow, you hurried up and got in the house.” Sheba Harris recalled. “Nobody drives that slow, and...

Posted: 18 days ago

It was a fundamental rule of this particular court, one more important than usual orders of an outdoor game that include “no hanging on the rim” and “make it, take it.” “If you saw cars driving really slow, you hurried up and got in the house.” Sheba Harris recalled. “Nobody drives that slow, and...