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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.

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Archdeacon: With Gentry running the show, Wright State has no worries
 Scott Nagy ended the preseason with two new things. He had a stylishly trimmed salt and pepper beard. He had a point guard who was coming into his fourth college season but never had played a November or early December game for him. Nagy ended up keeping one of his new additions and shaving the other. The beard, which he said was not favored...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Scott Nagy ended the preseason with two new things. He had a stylishly trimmed salt and pepper beard. He had a point guard who was coming into his fourth college season but never had played a November or early December game for him. Nagy ended up keeping one of his new additions and shaving the other. The beard, which he said was not favored...
Archdeacon: Battered by Saints, Bengals are a team going in reverse
 On a day when everything went wrong for the Cincinnati Bengals – when their 51-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium equaled the most lopsided failure in franchise history – linebacker Vinny Rey stood in front of his locker afterward and said he hoped one more thing went terribly wrong for the team...

Posted: 3 days ago

On a day when everything went wrong for the Cincinnati Bengals – when their 51-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium equaled the most lopsided failure in franchise history – linebacker Vinny Rey stood in front of his locker afterward and said he hoped one more thing went terribly wrong for the team...
Richest horse in harness racing history wins race No. 106 in Dayton
 Foiled Again went out on a high note Saturday night at Dayton Raceway. The 14-year-old bay gelding – the richest horse in harness racing history who’s on a Farwell Tour of North America before his mandatory Dec. 31 retirement – broke from the outermost No. 9 post, where just three percent of the horses have won this season...

Posted: 3 days ago

Foiled Again went out on a high note Saturday night at Dayton Raceway. The 14-year-old bay gelding – the richest horse in harness racing history who’s on a Farwell Tour of North America before his mandatory Dec. 31 retirement – broke from the outermost No. 9 post, where just three percent of the horses have won this season...
Archdeacon: Mikesell thriving after ‘long journey’ back to basketball
 If you think Ryan Mikesell was happy about what he could do Saturday night at UD Arena, you should consider his mom. Lisa Mikesell probably was overjoyed. … And relieved. Watching her son score 18 points, grab 11 rebounds and play over 28 minutes in the Dayton Flyers’ 76-46 victory over Coppin State certainly is better than...

Posted: 4 days ago

If you think Ryan Mikesell was happy about what he could do Saturday night at UD Arena, you should consider his mom. Lisa Mikesell probably was overjoyed. … And relieved. Watching her son score 18 points, grab 11 rebounds and play over 28 minutes in the Dayton Flyers’ 76-46 victory over Coppin State certainly is better than...
Archdeacon: Area raceway to host final Ohio visit for ‘wonder horse’
 Ohio racing fans have one last chance to see the “wonder horse” race here in the state when Foiled Again runs Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. “He’s an absolute wonder horse,” Gregg Keidel, Dayton’s race secretary once told me. “He’s a once-in-a-generation type horse.” And if...

Posted: 6 days ago

Ohio racing fans have one last chance to see the “wonder horse” race here in the state when Foiled Again runs Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. “He’s an absolute wonder horse,” Gregg Keidel, Dayton’s race secretary once told me. “He’s a once-in-a-generation type horse.” And if...
Archdeacon: Trainer comes to the rescue of freshman Toppin, Flyers — ‘I’ve used pickles for years’
 Obi Toppin now has something in common with Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus and the Philadelphia Eagles, too. Like all of them, the Dayton Flyers’ 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman believes in the power of the pickle. Cleopatra attributed her beauty to pickles in her diet. Julius Caesar had his troops eat them for strength....

Posted: 7 days ago

Obi Toppin now has something in common with Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus and the Philadelphia Eagles, too. Like all of them, the Dayton Flyers’ 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman believes in the power of the pickle. Cleopatra attributed her beauty to pickles in her diet. Julius Caesar had his troops eat them for strength....
Archdeacon: Raiders senior center on a rewarding journey
 Last Wednesday night – as he was crouched in front of the scorer’s table, waiting to go back into Wright State’s exhibition game against Notre Dame College at the Nutter Center – he said the guy keeping the official score book teasingly told him: “Hey, you’re gonna have to talk to Coach. An old man can&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Last Wednesday night – as he was crouched in front of the scorer’s table, waiting to go back into Wright State’s exhibition game against Notre Dame College at the Nutter Center – he said the guy keeping the official score book teasingly told him: “Hey, you’re gonna have to talk to Coach. An old man can&rsquo...
Archdeacon: Newcomer Matos shines in UD debut after tough journey
 “It’s been a hell of a ride.” That’s the way a beaming Jhery Matos described it Friday night after he cemented himself into the Dayton Flyers’ rotation and the hearts of UD fans by helping lead his new team to an 89-71 victory over Capital University in an entertaining exhibition game at UD Arena. It was a night...

Posted: 12 days ago

“It’s been a hell of a ride.” That’s the way a beaming Jhery Matos described it Friday night after he cemented himself into the Dayton Flyers’ rotation and the hearts of UD fans by helping lead his new team to an 89-71 victory over Capital University in an entertaining exhibition game at UD Arena. It was a night...
Archdeacon: Skyelar — not Brad — taking flight for Wright State Raiders
 Mom knew best. When he was born, he said his dad wanted to call him Brad: “He was going to name me a Junior. His name is Brad, so I was going to be Brad. Jr. “But my mom was like ‘Oh no! No way. We’re not naming him Brad.’ And then it just popped into her head: Skyelar. They were going to call me Skyelar.&rdquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Mom knew best. When he was born, he said his dad wanted to call him Brad: “He was going to name me a Junior. His name is Brad, so I was going to be Brad. Jr. “But my mom was like ‘Oh no! No way. We’re not naming him Brad.’ And then it just popped into her head: Skyelar. They were going to call me Skyelar.&rdquo...
Archdeacon: A new Flyer rekindles old memories
 Friday night – when the University of Dayton opens its basketball season with an exhibition game against Capital University at UD Arena – it will be the first time freshman Frankie Policelli takes part in the pregame ritual where players trek to press row and bump fists with Arlen “Bucky” Bockhorn, the beloved UD Hall...

Posted: 15 days ago

Friday night – when the University of Dayton opens its basketball season with an exhibition game against Capital University at UD Arena – it will be the first time freshman Frankie Policelli takes part in the pregame ritual where players trek to press row and bump fists with Arlen “Bucky” Bockhorn, the beloved UD Hall...