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Tom Archdeacon: Playing for their city, New Orleans Privateers thankful to be in Dayton 
 In 44 years as a sportswriter I’d never had this happen before. When the four University of New Orleans basketball players finished their First Four press conference late Monday afternoon, they stepped off the raised stage and – paying no attention to the aide who told them to exit through a back curtain – they approached...

2:30 AM Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017

In 44 years as a sportswriter I’d never had this happen before. When the four University of New Orleans basketball players finished their First Four press conference late Monday afternoon, they stepped off the raised stage and – paying no attention to the aide who told them to exit through a back curtain – they approached...
Tom Archdeacon: Bad time for Dayton Flyers to fall flat
 Instead of needling Jack Gibbs about flopping, the Dayton Flyers should have worried about themselves. The top-seeded Flyers had the biggest flop of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday when they were stunned by No. 9 seed Davidson, 73-67, in a quarterfinal at PPG Paints Arena. In the process the UD team — which Coach Archie Miller...

1:35 AM Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017

Instead of needling Jack Gibbs about flopping, the Dayton Flyers should have worried about themselves. The top-seeded Flyers had the biggest flop of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday when they were stunned by No. 9 seed Davidson, 73-67, in a quarterfinal at PPG Paints Arena. In the process the UD team — which Coach Archie Miller...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘Lil Baby Doll’ Alex Harris comes up big for Dayton Flyers
 “Lil Baby Doll.” You can bet that’s not the image the Saint Louis Billikens have of Alex Harris, but it’s how her older sister remembered her a couple of afternoons ago. “I always had wanted a little sister, though actually one a little closer to my age so I could play with her,” Shayla Wright said. &ldquo...

4:43 PM Thursday, Mar. 09, 2017

“Lil Baby Doll.” You can bet that’s not the image the Saint Louis Billikens have of Alex Harris, but it’s how her older sister remembered her a couple of afternoons ago. “I always had wanted a little sister, though actually one a little closer to my age so I could play with her,” Shayla Wright said. &ldquo...
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-Flyer Young ‘blessed’ to stay in the game
 When he was a standout guard for the Dayton Flyers in the late 1990s he was known as “The Blanket” because of his defense and the way he covered an opposing player. But Friday night at Ball State — at least to one vociferous, red-capped fan sitting in the front row at Worthen Arena — he was simply “Stripes.&rdquo...

11:42 PM Saturday, Mar. 04, 2017

When he was a standout guard for the Dayton Flyers in the late 1990s he was known as “The Blanket” because of his defense and the way he covered an opposing player. But Friday night at Ball State — at least to one vociferous, red-capped fan sitting in the front row at Worthen Arena — he was simply “Stripes.&rdquo...
Tom Archdeacon: With Cunningham back, ‘incredible things can happen’ for Dayton Flyers
 Archie Miller didn’t hesitate: “He just really saved us.” Senior guards Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke echoed that thought late Wednesday night after the Dayton Flyers won the program’s first-ever outright Atlantic 10 regular season title by outslugging VCU, 79-72, in a raucous, sold-out UD Arena where it felt...

6:31 PM Thursday, Mar. 02, 2017

Archie Miller didn’t hesitate: “He just really saved us.” Senior guards Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke echoed that thought late Wednesday night after the Dayton Flyers won the program’s first-ever outright Atlantic 10 regular season title by outslugging VCU, 79-72, in a raucous, sold-out UD Arena where it felt...
Tom Archdeacon: Celebrating the life of George Smith, local legend
 If ever a guy reinvented himself, it was George Smith, whose funeral service is Thursday. Growing up in a blue-collar, factory-working family on Ashley Street near the Fairgrounds, he was befriended by then-University of Dayton basketball coach Tom Blackburn, who ran Madden Golf Course in the summers. Smith worked in the pro shop, did other...

1:59 AM Thursday, Mar. 02, 2017

If ever a guy reinvented himself, it was George Smith, whose funeral service is Thursday. Growing up in a blue-collar, factory-working family on Ashley Street near the Fairgrounds, he was befriended by then-University of Dayton basketball coach Tom Blackburn, who ran Madden Golf Course in the summers. Smith worked in the pro shop, did other...
Archdeacon: Dayton Flyers NCAA runner-up team was impetus for UD Arena
 After the Dayton Flyers had won their third NCAA Tournament game in a row – topping Virginia Tech 71-66 in overtime to advance to the Final Four – some of the UD backers and brass had a party back at the team hotel in Evanston, Illinois. And in the words of coach Don Donoher, athletics director Tom Frericks was “lit up like...

12:54 AM Wednesday, Mar. 01, 2017

After the Dayton Flyers had won their third NCAA Tournament game in a row – topping Virginia Tech 71-66 in overtime to advance to the Final Four – some of the UD backers and brass had a party back at the team hotel in Evanston, Illinois. And in the words of coach Don Donoher, athletics director Tom Frericks was “lit up like...
Archdeacon: Ponitz’s Xavier Henry a finalist for ‘That’s My Boy Award’
 He was talking about the total turn-around Ponitz High football made in just three seasons. “How do you go from 2-8, which was the best record the school had had up to that point, to 7-3 just a couple of seasons later?” Coach Jim Place was asking. “You get kids with high character and leadership. You get a kid like Xavier...

3:25 AM Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

He was talking about the total turn-around Ponitz High football made in just three seasons. “How do you go from 2-8, which was the best record the school had had up to that point, to 7-3 just a couple of seasons later?” Coach Jim Place was asking. “You get kids with high character and leadership. You get a kid like Xavier...
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...

2:27 AM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

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...

8:13 PM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

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...

5:45 AM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

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...

3:30 AM Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017

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...

6:01 AM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

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...

4:04 AM Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

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...

12:43 AM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

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...

2:32 AM Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

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...

5:49 AM Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

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...

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...
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