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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...

2:53 AM Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

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...

10:41 PM Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

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: ‘Never eaten food,’ daughter of basketball coach battles rare heart defect
 As her parents sat in the family room of their home in the farmlands of Darke County southwest of Versailles and talked about one side of her life, Samie Swank suddenly decided she wanted to show another. “Come, I show,” she said in a tiny voice which sometimes needs a trained ear to decipher. “She wants to show you her...

4:23 PM Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

As her parents sat in the family room of their home in the farmlands of Darke County southwest of Versailles and talked about one side of her life, Samie Swank suddenly decided she wanted to show another. “Come, I show,” she said in a tiny voice which sometimes needs a trained ear to decipher. “She wants to show you her...
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...

4:08 AM Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

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...

7:47 PM Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2017

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...

12:15 AM Sunday, Feb. 05, 2017

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...

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 04, 2017

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...

2:53 AM Friday, Feb. 03, 2017

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...

3:25 AM Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2017

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...

5:00 PM Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

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...

1:48 AM Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

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...
Tom Archdeacon: High School wrestler with Down syndrome brightens lives
 Before you can strut, you’ve got to stretch, and that’s what Brooks Henning was doing before his first high school wrestling match the day after Thanksgiving in a three-team showdown at Northmont High School. “He was standing in the back and he had his little outfit on and he was doing stretches to get ready,” said...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

Before you can strut, you’ve got to stretch, and that’s what Brooks Henning was doing before his first high school wrestling match the day after Thanksgiving in a three-team showdown at Northmont High School. “He was standing in the back and he had his little outfit on and he was doing stretches to get ready,” said...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State big man proving coaches wrong
 If you ever were going to celebrate a guy finally getting his due, then you should applaud Wright State’s Parker Ernsthausen. The 6-foot-11 Raider deserves every “attaboy” that comes his way. Prior to each of the last two basketball seasons, WSU coaches told him they didn’t think he was good enough to play. They said...

1:26 AM Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

If you ever were going to celebrate a guy finally getting his due, then you should applaud Wright State’s Parker Ernsthausen. The 6-foot-11 Raider deserves every “attaboy” that comes his way. Prior to each of the last two basketball seasons, WSU coaches told him they didn’t think he was good enough to play. They said...
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...

12:42 AM Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

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...

2:52 AM Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

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...

4:10 AM Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

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...

4:33 AM Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

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...

3:09 AM Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

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...

8:08 PM Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

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...

4:06 AM Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

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...
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