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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.

Latest from Tom Archdeacon

Tom Archdeacon: Cooke does it all in Flyers’ win over Billikens
 He didn’t hesitate: “I’m sure my mom had a better Sunday than I did.” That was Charles Cooke’s assessment after he scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and added a blocked shot, a steal and an entire afternoon of smothering defense in the Dayton Flyers’ 67-46 romp over Saint...

Posted: 11 hours ago

He didn’t hesitate: “I’m sure my mom had a better Sunday than I did.” That was Charles Cooke’s assessment after he scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and added a blocked shot, a steal and an entire afternoon of smothering defense in the Dayton Flyers’ 67-46 romp over Saint...
Tom Archdeacon: Life goes on for Big Steve’s ‘sister’
 Her mom, Shanneca O’Bannon-Layfield, called them: “Two peas in a pod.” JaVonna Layfield agreed: “We were best friends. He was the boy version of me. We literally were the same person, just different genders. He was me with a couple extra inches. Well, more like a whole foot!” After she had put together a double-double...

Posted: a day ago

Her mom, Shanneca O’Bannon-Layfield, called them: “Two peas in a pod.” JaVonna Layfield agreed: “We were best friends. He was the boy version of me. We literally were the same person, just different genders. He was me with a couple extra inches. Well, more like a whole foot!” After she had put together a double-double...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State coach makes fashion statement
 With 50 seconds left in the first half Friday night, Detroit point guard Jarod Williams drove the lane and scored easily in front of two Wright State defenders who stood flat-footed. In front of the WSU bench, Scott Nagy jumped up and yelled to the Raiders, who didn’t seem to hear him as they ran to the far court and botched a play...

Posted: 2 days ago

With 50 seconds left in the first half Friday night, Detroit point guard Jarod Williams drove the lane and scored easily in front of two Wright State defenders who stood flat-footed. In front of the WSU bench, Scott Nagy jumped up and yelled to the Raiders, who didn’t seem to hear him as they ran to the far court and botched a play...
Archdeacon: Darrell Davis keys UD win with defense, of all things
 For Luke Skywalker, it was Obi-Wan Kenobi. For Dorothy, the Kansas farm girl, it was the Wizard of Oz. And for Darrell Davis? “Oh, Archie Miller for sure,” the Dayton Flyers junior guard said with a laugh. “My freshman and sophomore years he got the message to me … He told me … He yelled at me … Said...

Posted: 3 days ago

For Luke Skywalker, it was Obi-Wan Kenobi. For Dorothy, the Kansas farm girl, it was the Wizard of Oz. And for Darrell Davis? “Oh, Archie Miller for sure,” the Dayton Flyers junior guard said with a laugh. “My freshman and sophomore years he got the message to me … He told me … He yelled at me … Said...
Archdeacon: Shaq of the MAC’s son one of brightest stars at Flyin’ to the Hoop
 Although it was offered as a quiet aside, you could hear the pride in his voice. “I was there for the birth of my son,” Gary Trent Sr. said of that special moment when Gary Jr. was born 18 years ago this Wednesday. “I was playing for Portland then, but it was the year of the (NBA) lockout. He was born January 18th and the...

Posted: 6 days ago

Although it was offered as a quiet aside, you could hear the pride in his voice. “I was there for the birth of my son,” Gary Trent Sr. said of that special moment when Gary Jr. was born 18 years ago this Wednesday. “I was playing for Portland then, but it was the year of the (NBA) lockout. He was born January 18th and the...
Tom Archdeacon: Stirring a basketball melting pot at Miami
 The hoop dreams of these Miami RedHawks started a lot of different ways in a lot of different places. Dion Wade’s dad, Butch, starred at Michigan in the mid-1980s, was drafted by the New York Knicks and went on to play professionally for 14 years in Belgium. That’s where Dion grew up — in Antwerp — and where his dad...

Posted: 8 days ago

The hoop dreams of these Miami RedHawks started a lot of different ways in a lot of different places. Dion Wade’s dad, Butch, starred at Michigan in the mid-1980s, was drafted by the New York Knicks and went on to play professionally for 14 years in Belgium. That’s where Dion grew up — in Antwerp — and where his dad...
Tom Archdeacon: Twin Towers standing tall for Sinclair
 The first call went to Roosevelt Chapman. Immediately after the game, Nina Connally called the Dayton Flyers basketball legend at his North Dakota home to tell him his “stepdaughter,” Madison Connally-Banks, had just had a velvet-like moment of her own. During his Hall of Fame career at UD — he reigns as the all-time leading...

Posted: 10 days ago

The first call went to Roosevelt Chapman. Immediately after the game, Nina Connally called the Dayton Flyers basketball legend at his North Dakota home to tell him his “stepdaughter,” Madison Connally-Banks, had just had a velvet-like moment of her own. During his Hall of Fame career at UD — he reigns as the all-time leading...
Tom Archdeacon: An anniversary to remember for Flyers’ Kelley Austria
 You’ve got to admit, Kelley Austria knows how to celebrate an anniversary It was exactly one year ago Sunday – January 8, 2016 – that the Dayton Flyers senior guard underwent surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee. It was the second time she had gone under the knife of Dr. Matt Lawless...

Posted: 14 days ago

You’ve got to admit, Kelley Austria knows how to celebrate an anniversary It was exactly one year ago Sunday – January 8, 2016 – that the Dayton Flyers senior guard underwent surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee. It was the second time she had gone under the knife of Dr. Matt Lawless...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State’s Taylor nails a breakout game
 To know just how good of a day it had been, all you had to do was look at her nails. They were painted a light blue and looked perfect. They were shiny, not chipped. No place was the color worn thin. Mackenzie Taylor paints her nails a different color before most of her Wright State games. For her it’s not so much about adornment as...

Posted: 15 days ago

To know just how good of a day it had been, all you had to do was look at her nails. They were painted a light blue and looked perfect. They were shiny, not chipped. No place was the color worn thin. Mackenzie Taylor paints her nails a different color before most of her Wright State games. For her it’s not so much about adornment as...
Tom Archdeacon: How Scoochie found his vibe in Dayton
 He’s now living up to his name and, among other things, the scars have stopped. When he was young — and insisting his family call him Dayshon rather than the nickname his grandfather had given him as a toddler — Scoochie Smith got those souvenirs beneath his eyes. The scar beneath his right eye came the day he ignored the...

Posted: 15 days ago

He’s now living up to his name and, among other things, the scars have stopped. When he was young — and insisting his family call him Dayshon rather than the nickname his grandfather had given him as a toddler — Scoochie Smith got those souvenirs beneath his eyes. The scar beneath his right eye came the day he ignored the...
Tom Archdeacon: No ordinary birthday  for Pollard, Flyers
 He was remembering birthday parties past. “I’d take cupcakes to school or have ice cream and cake with the family,” said Kendall Pollard, who turned 22 Friday. “I went to Chuck E. Cheese’s, things like that.” In college? “Naah, no Chuck E. Cheese’s,” the Dayton Flyers 6-foot-6 senior grinned...

Posted: 16 days ago

He was remembering birthday parties past. “I’d take cupcakes to school or have ice cream and cake with the family,” said Kendall Pollard, who turned 22 Friday. “I went to Chuck E. Cheese’s, things like that.” In college? “Naah, no Chuck E. Cheese’s,” the Dayton Flyers 6-foot-6 senior grinned...