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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: Academics top priority for new Central State athletic director
 Tara Owens had just flown into Dayton International Airport from Baltimore to interview for the athletic director’s job at Central State University, a place she had long heard of, but never before seen. She was picked up by Nick Novy, CSU’s sports information director, and as they made their way to the historic black college in...

Posted: a day ago

Tara Owens had just flown into Dayton International Airport from Baltimore to interview for the athletic director’s job at Central State University, a place she had long heard of, but never before seen. She was picked up by Nick Novy, CSU’s sports information director, and as they made their way to the historic black college in...
Archdeacon: At 3-foot-7, doctor stands tall at USAF Marathon
 When you consider the total person, few people who took part in the Air Force Marathon on Saturday stood taller than Dr. Nadia Merchant. And she’s 3-foot-7. As she competed in the half marathon – wearing a black cap and Nike head covering to adhere to her Muslim faith and taking short steps because of her rare genetic recessive...

Posted: 4 days ago

When you consider the total person, few people who took part in the Air Force Marathon on Saturday stood taller than Dr. Nadia Merchant. And she’s 3-foot-7. As she competed in the half marathon – wearing a black cap and Nike head covering to adhere to her Muslim faith and taking short steps because of her rare genetic recessive...
Archdeacon: Dunlap switches his focus from Florence to Flacco as Bengals score big win
 Some 20 minutes past eight Thursday night, Carlos Dunlap had to fully switch his focus from one aerial assault to another. Instead of Florence, he had to focus on Flacco. Dunlap is from North Charleston, South Carolina, where his family still lives. His mother, Diane Ross, is a longtime school teacher and administer there. With his hometown...

Posted: 6 days ago

Some 20 minutes past eight Thursday night, Carlos Dunlap had to fully switch his focus from one aerial assault to another. Instead of Florence, he had to focus on Flacco. Dunlap is from North Charleston, South Carolina, where his family still lives. His mother, Diane Ross, is a longtime school teacher and administer there. With his hometown...
Archdeacon: Special teams ace saves the day on defense for Bengals
 Right after Sunday’s game – after he had saved the day for the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium – Clayton Fejedelem stood bare-chested and still a bit dazed in the dressing room as he tried to explain his unlikely path to NFL stardom. Coming out of high school in suburban Chicago, he first played football for St....

Posted: 11 days ago

Right after Sunday’s game – after he had saved the day for the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium – Clayton Fejedelem stood bare-chested and still a bit dazed in the dressing room as he tried to explain his unlikely path to NFL stardom. Coming out of high school in suburban Chicago, he first played football for St....
Archdeacon: This Bengals star isn’t just feared by quarterbacks. He’s beloved by his communities — for good reason.
 He walked in off the morning practice field, headed to his dressing stall on the far side of the Cincinnati Bengals locker room and soon lowered his 6-foot-7, 280-pound frame onto a small wooden stool there. Above Michael Johnson hung two of the things he counts on most to get through his life. On the left side of his locker was his orange...

Posted: 13 days ago

He walked in off the morning practice field, headed to his dressing stall on the far side of the Cincinnati Bengals locker room and soon lowered his 6-foot-7, 280-pound frame onto a small wooden stool there. Above Michael Johnson hung two of the things he counts on most to get through his life. On the left side of his locker was his orange...
Archdeacon: Flyers new quarterback dares to be great, doesn’t freak out
 It started out as a regular text message from his grandfather. Back when he was playing football for Seneca Valley High, a school of nearly 7,600 students just north of Pittsburgh, Jack Cook said his granddad, James Newton, who played basketball at the University of Buffalo, would message him: “Dare to be Great.” Then a year ago...

Posted: 14 days ago

It started out as a regular text message from his grandfather. Back when he was playing football for Seneca Valley High, a school of nearly 7,600 students just north of Pittsburgh, Jack Cook said his granddad, James Newton, who played basketball at the University of Buffalo, would message him: “Dare to be Great.” Then a year ago...
Archdeacon: Bosa’s decision pays off for Ohio State Buckeyes
 A little boy’s decision gave Blake Brandel a big headache Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Blandel is the 6-foot-7, 307-pound left tackle for Oregon State and almost certainly a mid-round draft pick next year. That is unless he played each week against Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, who flipped him around like a rag doll in the first...

Posted: 19 days ago

A little boy’s decision gave Blake Brandel a big headache Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Blandel is the 6-foot-7, 307-pound left tackle for Oregon State and almost certainly a mid-round draft pick next year. That is unless he played each week against Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, who flipped him around like a rag doll in the first...
Archdeacon: This state championship basketball team from 1978 was ‘a bunch of cats who ... just refused to lose’
 The butt kick comment backfired. It came just before the 1978 big school state championship game at St. John Arena between Alter High School and Akron Central-Hower, unbeaten in 24 games, ranked No. 1 in the state and filled with quick, high-flying dunkers. “As we’re warming up, one of our balls rolls the other end of the court...

Posted: 20 days ago

The butt kick comment backfired. It came just before the 1978 big school state championship game at St. John Arena between Alter High School and Akron Central-Hower, unbeaten in 24 games, ranked No. 1 in the state and filled with quick, high-flying dunkers. “As we’re warming up, one of our balls rolls the other end of the court...
Archdeacon: This 79-year-old has made 22 different stops during his coaching career. Friday he returns to Miamisburg to face against his alma mater
 When it comes to football, Dave “Dunk” Dunkelberger — “everybody calls me Dunk,” — can tell you about longevity and he can tell you about luck. In the mid-1970s, he and a pilot were in a single-engine plane returning to Manhattan, Kansas — where he was a coach at Kansas State — after a recruiting...

Posted: 21 days ago

When it comes to football, Dave “Dunk” Dunkelberger — “everybody calls me Dunk,” — can tell you about longevity and he can tell you about luck. In the mid-1970s, he and a pilot were in a single-engine plane returning to Manhattan, Kansas — where he was a coach at Kansas State — after a recruiting...