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 First Battle of Wilberforce one to remember for CSU forward
 It was like a scene out of a Rocky movie. Central State – which had trailed rival Wilberforce University most of the game, a situation that dismayed the high-decibel, low-sympathy Marauder crowd in the sold-out Beacom Lewis gym, Monday – was still down a point, 59-58, with just over two minutes left to play. Battling for a rebound...

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It was like a scene out of a Rocky movie. Central State – which had trailed rival Wilberforce University most of the game, a situation that dismayed the high-decibel, low-sympathy Marauder crowd in the sold-out Beacom Lewis gym, Monday – was still down a point, 59-58, with just over two minutes left to play. Battling for a rebound...
Archdeacon: Son of Metta World Peace out to make a name for himself
 Growing up with a last name that is famous – and at times infamous – can be tough for any celebrity’s son. But that became even more complicated for Jeron Artest when he was just nine years old. Back then he was living with his mother and was involved in his own basketball games and especially his schooling – today...

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Growing up with a last name that is famous – and at times infamous – can be tough for any celebrity’s son. But that became even more complicated for Jeron Artest when he was just nine years old. Back then he was living with his mother and was involved in his own basketball games and especially his schooling – today...
Archdeacon: Carroll’s violin-playing wrestler a ‘Renaissance Man’
 Many in the crowd – even rival Chaminade Julienne fans – came up to Jeff and Marianne Bishop to congratulate them for the way their son had owned the spotlight in Carroll High’s wrestling match against the visiting Eagles a little over a week ago. It wasn’t so much for what Jefferson Bishop, Carroll’s 170-pounder...

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Many in the crowd – even rival Chaminade Julienne fans – came up to Jeff and Marianne Bishop to congratulate them for the way their son had owned the spotlight in Carroll High’s wrestling match against the visiting Eagles a little over a week ago. It wasn’t so much for what Jefferson Bishop, Carroll’s 170-pounder...
Archdeacon: Despite weather issues, the show goes on at Flyin’ to the Hoop
 Some 90 minutes before the first game would tip soff Saturday, Eric Horstman stood on the edge of the court at Trent Arena and tried talking about the success of his four-day, 20-game Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament, which is recognized as the No. 2 prep basketball showcase in the nation. But throughout his conversation he seemed a bit...

Posted: 2 days ago

Some 90 minutes before the first game would tip soff Saturday, Eric Horstman stood on the edge of the court at Trent Arena and tried talking about the success of his four-day, 20-game Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament, which is recognized as the No. 2 prep basketball showcase in the nation. But throughout his conversation he seemed a bit...
Archdeacon: A heartfelt hug, no handshake, for Dayton’s Grant, Crutcher
 As the two teams went through the traditional post-game handshake line following Dayton’s 72-67 victory over Massachusetts, Sunday, at UD Arena, UMass coach Matt McCall didn’t bother to extend a hand to two Flyers. Instead, he hugged them both — tightly. He first greeted UD coach Anthony Grant with a hearty embrace...

Posted: 8 days ago

As the two teams went through the traditional post-game handshake line following Dayton’s 72-67 victory over Massachusetts, Sunday, at UD Arena, UMass coach Matt McCall didn’t bother to extend a hand to two Flyers. Instead, he hugged them both — tightly. He first greeted UD coach Anthony Grant with a hearty embrace...
Archdeacon: ‘Quite a partnership’ —  Bockhorn, Hansgen in their 36th season together calling Flyer games    
 Clark Kent would emerge from a phone booth as Superman. Bruce Wayne would slip into the bat cave and come out as the Caped Crusader. For Bucky Bockhorn and Larry Hansgen, the transformation into the Dayton Flyers’ Dynamic Duo happened in an old, dark storeroom that once overlooked the upper reaches of UD Arena. It was a month before...

Posted: 9 days ago

Clark Kent would emerge from a phone booth as Superman. Bruce Wayne would slip into the bat cave and come out as the Caped Crusader. For Bucky Bockhorn and Larry Hansgen, the transformation into the Dayton Flyers’ Dynamic Duo happened in an old, dark storeroom that once overlooked the upper reaches of UD Arena. It was a month before...
Archdeacon: Grit, heart epitomized Raterman’s hall of fame career for Flyers
 He has many memories of Justine Raterman, but the one that eclipses almost all of them came in the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2011. The day before – in the semifinal game against Temple – Raterman, then a 6-foot-1 junior forward for the Dayton Flyers, had crumpled to the court with a serious knee injury...

Posted: 10 days ago

He has many memories of Justine Raterman, but the one that eclipses almost all of them came in the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2011. The day before – in the semifinal game against Temple – Raterman, then a 6-foot-1 junior forward for the Dayton Flyers, had crumpled to the court with a serious knee injury...
Archdeacon: The Bulldog and the High Flyer lead Dayton in A-10 opener
 The High Flyer and the Bulldog. As was the case Sunday when they combined for 41 points and 19 rebounds in an easy 72-48 victory over Richmond at UD Arena, Obi Toppin and Josh Cunningham are often the 1-2 punch for the Dayton Flyers this season. And each has a name for the other. “Oh yeah, he’s the High Flyer,” Cunningham...

Posted: 15 days ago

The High Flyer and the Bulldog. As was the case Sunday when they combined for 41 points and 19 rebounds in an easy 72-48 victory over Richmond at UD Arena, Obi Toppin and Josh Cunningham are often the 1-2 punch for the Dayton Flyers this season. And each has a name for the other. “Oh yeah, he’s the High Flyer,” Cunningham...
Archdeacon: After tough start, Flyers back to expectations
 It was four days before Christmas – halftime of a West Palm Beach Invitational game against 9-2 Georgia Tech – and the Dayton Flyers’ women were down by three points. In the same tournament the day before they had trailed unbeaten Virginia Tech by three at the break and ended up losing by 12. Three weeks earlier they were...

Posted: 16 days ago

It was four days before Christmas – halftime of a West Palm Beach Invitational game against 9-2 Georgia Tech – and the Dayton Flyers’ women were down by three points. In the same tournament the day before they had trailed unbeaten Virginia Tech by three at the break and ended up losing by 12. Three weeks earlier they were...
Archdeacon: ‘We got this’ — Wright State women handle nemesis Green Bay
 She couldn’t figure out why her coach kept yelling her name: “Michal!…Michal!…Michal!!!” Wright State was setting up its defense against perennial nemesis Green Bay on Thursday night at the Nutter Center and junior guard Michal Miller said Katrina Merriweather was on the sidelines frantically calling her name...

Posted: 18 days ago

She couldn’t figure out why her coach kept yelling her name: “Michal!…Michal!…Michal!!!” Wright State was setting up its defense against perennial nemesis Green Bay on Thursday night at the Nutter Center and junior guard Michal Miller said Katrina Merriweather was on the sidelines frantically calling her name...