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Archdeacon: Wright State senior Antania Hayes ‘lucky to be here’
 She said it quietly: “I’m lucky to be here.” But Antania Hayes was not talking about the way injuries have hampered her basketball career, going back to when she was 12 and tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee and then last March 10 when she tore the left ACL in Wright State’s first game of the...

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She said it quietly: “I’m lucky to be here.” But Antania Hayes was not talking about the way injuries have hampered her basketball career, going back to when she was 12 and tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee and then last March 10 when she tore the left ACL in Wright State’s first game of the...
Tom Archdeacon: Recalling Charlie Black and his magical garage
 It began as a shortcut from his house on Wisconsin Boulevard in West Dayton to Burkham Park, but often it ended up with a detour to Krug Street. That’s where he found lessons about the realities of the world and the power dreams could take on when they added horsepower, a Mickey Mouse paint job and unwavering passion. “When I...

Posted: a day ago

It began as a shortcut from his house on Wisconsin Boulevard in West Dayton to Burkham Park, but often it ended up with a detour to Krug Street. That’s where he found lessons about the realities of the world and the power dreams could take on when they added horsepower, a Mickey Mouse paint job and unwavering passion. “When I...
Boxing: Second round loss by Trotwood’s Pearson surprises experts
 Trotwood’s Chris Pearson was knocked out by Justin DeLoach at 2:30 of the second round of their USBA junior middleweight title bout late Friday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The fight, promoted by Floyd Mayweather promotions which has Pearson under contract, was broadcast nationally on Showtime. Looking...

Posted: 2 days ago

Trotwood’s Chris Pearson was knocked out by Justin DeLoach at 2:30 of the second round of their USBA junior middleweight title bout late Friday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The fight, promoted by Floyd Mayweather promotions which has Pearson under contract, was broadcast nationally on Showtime. Looking...
Tom Archdeacon: WSU women can’t kick the Green Bay jinx
 Well, that was a kick in the chest. Literally. The Wright State women — who had had a magical season to this point, playing better than anyone imagined they would when the season began and setting program records in the process — looked as if they finally were going to out-scrap Green Bay, a program that has all but owned them...

Posted: 2 days ago

Well, that was a kick in the chest. Literally. The Wright State women — who had had a magical season to this point, playing better than anyone imagined they would when the season began and setting program records in the process — looked as if they finally were going to out-scrap Green Bay, a program that has all but owned them...
Trotwood’s Pearson fights for title tonight
 Trotwood’s Chris Pearson fights Justin DeLoach for the vacant USBA junior middleweight title tonight in a 10-round, Showtime-televised bout at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Pearson (14-1) has not fought since winning an eight-round decision over Joshua Okine last April 30 in Washington, D.C. The 10-month layoff...

Posted: 3 days ago

Trotwood’s Chris Pearson fights Justin DeLoach for the vacant USBA junior middleweight title tonight in a 10-round, Showtime-televised bout at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Pearson (14-1) has not fought since winning an eight-round decision over Joshua Okine last April 30 in Washington, D.C. The 10-month layoff...
Tom Archdeacon: Flyers’ Crosby shows the ‘haters’ what he can do
 John Crosby is a man of his word. There have been times the backup point guard for the Dayton Flyers has struggled this season — both with the accuracy of his shooting and the number of his turnovers — and because of it, he has been critiqued, tainted and dissed on social media and on a website for Flyers fans. Finally, on Jan...

Posted: 5 days ago

John Crosby is a man of his word. There have been times the backup point guard for the Dayton Flyers has struggled this season — both with the accuracy of his shooting and the number of his turnovers — and because of it, he has been critiqued, tainted and dissed on social media and on a website for Flyers fans. Finally, on Jan...
Archdeacon: Boxer Chris Pearson aims to be ‘Dayton’s version of LeBron’
 Here’s one pugnacious communicator who has truth in his tweets. “For anybody who has been following me on my social media, I’ve been hash-tagging ‘Title Season Now’ — #TitleSZN — since my last fight back in April,” Chris Pearson, the Trotwood junior middleweight, was saying by phone from Las...

Posted: 6 days ago

Here’s one pugnacious communicator who has truth in his tweets. “For anybody who has been following me on my social media, I’ve been hash-tagging ‘Title Season Now’ — #TitleSZN — since my last fight back in April,” Chris Pearson, the Trotwood junior middleweight, was saying by phone from Las...
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: 8 days 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: 9 days 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: 13 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: 14 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: 17 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: 18 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: 22 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: 23 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: 24 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: 26 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...
5 sports figures who have inspired us through Tom Archdeacon
 A high school wrestler with Down syndrome, whom we met recently in a column by Tom Archdeadon, is just one of the many figures who have inspired us through the Dayton Daily News award-winning sports columnist. Here is a look some who have captured our imagination recently: While his Down syndrome often had kept him separated from his schoolmates...

Posted: 27 days ago

A high school wrestler with Down syndrome, whom we met recently in a column by Tom Archdeadon, is just one of the many figures who have inspired us through the Dayton Daily News award-winning sports columnist. Here is a look some who have captured our imagination recently: While his Down syndrome often had kept him separated from his schoolmates...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State coach — ‘this place means everything to me’
 Katrina Merriweather knows all about second chances: She gave one to Wright State. And Wright State gave one to her. Back when she was a standout basketball player at the University of Cincinnati, Merriweather said her best friend was Reggen Stewart, a star at Wright State who would end up scoring 1,277 points for the Raiders. “I came...

Posted: 28 days ago

Katrina Merriweather knows all about second chances: She gave one to Wright State. And Wright State gave one to her. Back when she was a standout basketball player at the University of Cincinnati, Merriweather said her best friend was Reggen Stewart, a star at Wright State who would end up scoring 1,277 points for the Raiders. “I came...
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