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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...
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...

2:51 AM Monday, Jan. 09, 2017

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...

5:52 AM Sunday, Jan. 08, 2017

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...

3:50 PM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

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...

4:18 AM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

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...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State’s Davis a hit on a night of misses
 They were like a pair of cutmen working on a warhorse boxer in the corner during the final rounds of a toe-to-toe bout. During each time out in the final minutes of Wright State’s 55-51 victory over Cleveland State on Thursday night at the Nutter Center, Raiders athletic trainer Jason Franklin and one of his assistants — each...

4:16 AM Friday, Jan. 06, 2017

They were like a pair of cutmen working on a warhorse boxer in the corner during the final rounds of a toe-to-toe bout. During each time out in the final minutes of Wright State’s 55-51 victory over Cleveland State on Thursday night at the Nutter Center, Raiders athletic trainer Jason Franklin and one of his assistants — each...
Tom Archdeacon: Freshman twins making immediate impact for RedHawks
 He was on a recruiting trip in North Dakota a year ago when he got a call from one of his pals who is involved with a prominent AAU basketball program back in Kansas City, his hometown. “He always gives me a heads up on kids and he said, ‘Hey Coop, you need to check out the Weathers boys,’” Miami RedHawks coach John...

12:08 AM Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2017

He was on a recruiting trip in North Dakota a year ago when he got a call from one of his pals who is involved with a prominent AAU basketball program back in Kansas City, his hometown. “He always gives me a heads up on kids and he said, ‘Hey Coop, you need to check out the Weathers boys,’” Miami RedHawks coach John...
Tom Archdeacon: A UD legend and his coach bonded until the end
 Bucky Bockhorn offered a loving, but unvarnished remembrance of the University of Dayton basketball career of fellow Flyer George Jackson. “Even though I was a lot older, George and I really hit it off for some reason,” said Bockhorn, the UD Hall of Famer who already had finished his pro career when Jackson joined the Flyers for...

9:15 PM Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

Bucky Bockhorn offered a loving, but unvarnished remembrance of the University of Dayton basketball career of fellow Flyer George Jackson. “Even though I was a lot older, George and I really hit it off for some reason,” said Bockhorn, the UD Hall of Famer who already had finished his pro career when Jackson joined the Flyers for...
Tom Archdeacon: Dayton Flyers can’t wait for 2016 to end
 The day began with Kendall Pollard going from one Dayton Flyer teammate to another in the early afternoon shoot-around and telling each how good he felt. “This was the best I’d felt in a long, long time, maybe back as far as November of last year,” the 6-foot-6 senior said. “I wanted the guys to know. The days I felt...

4:18 AM Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

The day began with Kendall Pollard going from one Dayton Flyer teammate to another in the early afternoon shoot-around and telling each how good he felt. “This was the best I’d felt in a long, long time, maybe back as far as November of last year,” the 6-foot-6 senior said. “I wanted the guys to know. The days I felt...
Sacked to sacker: An improbable team’s most intriguing player
 He was at work in Blue Ash when he got the numbing call about his son. “By the time I got to Miami Valley Hospital he already was in surgery,” Brandon Gearing said. His son, Austin, had been Miami University’s starting quarterback the last four games of the 2013 season. The reeling RedHawks had gone 0-12 and Austin was sacked...

10:40 PM Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

He was at work in Blue Ash when he got the numbing call about his son. “By the time I got to Miami Valley Hospital he already was in surgery,” Brandon Gearing said. His son, Austin, had been Miami University’s starting quarterback the last four games of the 2013 season. The reeling RedHawks had gone 0-12 and Austin was sacked...
Tom Archdeacon: Changing the world and having fun doing it
 For many, Christmas is a time for family involvement, giving gifts and going to church to celebrate the Lord. All those are noble pursuits, but for quite a few people, one, or maybe all three, of those commitments fades as the holiday lights dim and the chill of January comes on. But here’s one family that embraces those principles...

12:37 AM Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

For many, Christmas is a time for family involvement, giving gifts and going to church to celebrate the Lord. All those are noble pursuits, but for quite a few people, one, or maybe all three, of those commitments fades as the holiday lights dim and the chill of January comes on. But here’s one family that embraces those principles...
Tom Archdeacon: A ‘double’ reason to smile for UD’s Mikesell
 Ryan Mikesell walked off the court after the Dayton Flyers’ 68-63 victory over Vanderbilt at UD Arena on Wednesday night flashing a big, beautiful smile because he listened to two people: His father, Reed Mikesell. And UD coach Archie Miller. Dad first. He’s the reason Ryan wears that mouthpiece during games. Although he seems...

3:58 AM Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Ryan Mikesell walked off the court after the Dayton Flyers’ 68-63 victory over Vanderbilt at UD Arena on Wednesday night flashing a big, beautiful smile because he listened to two people: His father, Reed Mikesell. And UD coach Archie Miller. Dad first. He’s the reason Ryan wears that mouthpiece during games. Although he seems...
Archdeacon: Fairmont’s Welch ‘where I’m supposed to be’ at Wright State
 Chelsea Welch shook off the Thomas Wolfe assertion after the game just as easily as she had juked herself free from an Eastern Kentucky defender late in the first quarter in order to drive the lane and score. The novelist wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again,” but after Wright State dispatched of EKU, 85-73, Monday afternoon in...

2:17 AM Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

Chelsea Welch shook off the Thomas Wolfe assertion after the game just as easily as she had juked herself free from an Eastern Kentucky defender late in the first quarter in order to drive the lane and score. The novelist wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again,” but after Wright State dispatched of EKU, 85-73, Monday afternoon in...
Tom Archdeacon: Big Ben well suited in role as Steelers leader
 He chose a custom-made, three-piece navy suit. “I have about every other color except for something simple like that,” said Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Ramon Foster. “I just like how it looks, what it says.” Fellow 330-pound lineman Marcus Gilbert said, along with other things, he went with a lightweight blazer...

1:49 AM Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

He chose a custom-made, three-piece navy suit. “I have about every other color except for something simple like that,” said Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Ramon Foster. “I just like how it looks, what it says.” Fellow 330-pound lineman Marcus Gilbert said, along with other things, he went with a lightweight blazer...
Tom Archdeacon: Former Wright State swimmer receives long-awaited gift
 She sat in the living room of their 1849 farm house that is encircled by woods on a narrow, curving road just a little northeast of St. Paris. On the walls above her hung 11 antlered deer heads, a pheasant, a mounted bass, a walleye and the fanned tail feathers of a wild turkey. In a nearby room were everything from a bear standing on its...

5:52 PM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

She sat in the living room of their 1849 farm house that is encircled by woods on a narrow, curving road just a little northeast of St. Paris. On the walls above her hung 11 antlered deer heads, a pheasant, a mounted bass, a walleye and the fanned tail feathers of a wild turkey. In a nearby room were everything from a bear standing on its...
Tom Archdeacon: Sinclair’s Frederick a magnet for recruiters
 Everywhere you looked you saw a college coach. In the bleachers nearest the door, a few rows off the floor, sat veteran coach Dan Hipsher, once a Dayton Flyers assistant under Don Donoher and now the associate head coach at Oakland University. Next to him was Northern Kentucky assistant Tim Morris. Further down, near the top of the bleachers...

2:32 AM Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

Everywhere you looked you saw a college coach. In the bleachers nearest the door, a few rows off the floor, sat veteran coach Dan Hipsher, once a Dayton Flyers assistant under Don Donoher and now the associate head coach at Oakland University. Next to him was Northern Kentucky assistant Tim Morris. Further down, near the top of the bleachers...
Archdeacon: Harness drivers, association donate $3,000 to local woman
 The Indiana harness drivers topped their Ohio counterparts in the annual “Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Drivers Challenge” Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Each team had five drivers and competed in six races on the card. Points were awarded for finishes to determine the champion. The night’s real winners though were...

1:14 AM Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

The Indiana harness drivers topped their Ohio counterparts in the annual “Buckeyes vs. Hoosiers Drivers Challenge” Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Each team had five drivers and competed in six races on the card. Points were awarded for finishes to determine the champion. The night’s real winners though were...
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