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.

Latest from Tom Archdeacon

Archdeacon: Trotwood native set to make long-awaited professional debut
 He went to Las Vegas five years ago to make a name for himself in the boxing world and now he says: “I’m a regular rock star!” Unfortunately – at least when it comes to his recent fight resume – Daquan Mays was talking about his life outside the ring. “Besides boxing, my life is wild,” the Trotwood...

Posted: 2 days ago

He went to Las Vegas five years ago to make a name for himself in the boxing world and now he says: “I’m a regular rock star!” Unfortunately – at least when it comes to his recent fight resume – Daquan Mays was talking about his life outside the ring. “Besides boxing, my life is wild,” the Trotwood...
Archdeacon: ‘Billy Buckets’ eager to make name for himself at Wright State
 This could be the season of full return for Wright State’s Bill Wampler. First his game. Then his name: “Billy Buckets.” That’s the tag the coach at Drake gave the 6-foot-6 Wampler when he played for the Bulldogs two years ago and had a span of seven games where he averaged 19.6 points per game. “It was after...

Posted: 10 days ago

This could be the season of full return for Wright State’s Bill Wampler. First his game. Then his name: “Billy Buckets.” That’s the tag the coach at Drake gave the 6-foot-6 Wampler when he played for the Bulldogs two years ago and had a span of seven games where he averaged 19.6 points per game. “It was after...
Archdeacon: Redshirt freshman Toppin eager to make Dayton debut
 Obadiah “Obi” Toppin leaned forward, wearing a T-shirt with DAYTON across the front, red UD shorts and what is becoming his trademark, effervescent smile, and said with self-deprecating delight: “Here’s a funny story. “When I was getting on the plane to come out here, the board said Dayton, Ohio. I thought I...

Posted: 13 days ago

Obadiah “Obi” Toppin leaned forward, wearing a T-shirt with DAYTON across the front, red UD shorts and what is becoming his trademark, effervescent smile, and said with self-deprecating delight: “Here’s a funny story. “When I was getting on the plane to come out here, the board said Dayton, Ohio. I thought I...
Archdeacon: Comic-book loving transfer eager to create own story at UD
 When it comes to Julia Chandler, the Dayton Flyers can only hope life imitates art. By her own admission, Chandler is “obsessed” with DC Comics and the DC Universe. It began, she said, when she was just a kid growing up in Toronto: “My brother Richard is six years older and he was like the coolest person to me. He was into...

Posted: 16 days ago

When it comes to Julia Chandler, the Dayton Flyers can only hope life imitates art. By her own admission, Chandler is “obsessed” with DC Comics and the DC Universe. It began, she said, when she was just a kid growing up in Toronto: “My brother Richard is six years older and he was like the coolest person to me. He was into...
Archdeacon: Wright State pitcher copes with loss of both parents
 Back in Illinois for the final days of Wright State’s Christmas break five months ago, Ryan Weiss was out with friends one night when he decided to contact his mom. “We were supposed to have family day the next day and I texted her to find out what time it would start,” he remembered. “It was about 11:30 and I didn&rsquo...

Posted: 25 days ago

Back in Illinois for the final days of Wright State’s Christmas break five months ago, Ryan Weiss was out with friends one night when he decided to contact his mom. “We were supposed to have family day the next day and I texted her to find out what time it would start,” he remembered. “It was about 11:30 and I didn&rsquo...
Archdeacon: How Bibe Seko overcame an African refugee camp to play for one of Dayton’s most inspiring sports teams
 He was starring in his own movie now, and it was even better than those wild, bigger-than-life adventures that had introduced him to America when he was growing up in a poor and crowded refugee enclave in northern Mozambique. His family had fled the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and eventually ended up in the massive Maratane...

Posted: 29 days ago

He was starring in his own movie now, and it was even better than those wild, bigger-than-life adventures that had introduced him to America when he was growing up in a poor and crowded refugee enclave in northern Mozambique. His family had fled the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and eventually ended up in the massive Maratane...
Archdeacon: Ace right-hander leads Sinclair into NJCAA World Series
 Because Kyle Ruehlman is a fast learner, Sinclair’s baseball team opens play Saturday night in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II College World Series against tournament host Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Oklahoma. When he pitched at Milford High School outside Cincinnati, the 6-foot-5 right-hander said...

Posted: 30 days ago

Because Kyle Ruehlman is a fast learner, Sinclair’s baseball team opens play Saturday night in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II College World Series against tournament host Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Oklahoma. When he pitched at Milford High School outside Cincinnati, the 6-foot-5 right-hander said...
Archdeacon: Kelsi Hoops — A champion like no other
 As love lessons go, the boy shot Cupid’s arrow straight into his own foot. “A couple of years ago my boyfriend at the time told me I wasn’t making enough time for him,” Kelsi Hoops said with a faint smile and a definite shrug as she took a break during a workout at Pacifico Power on Wednesday evening. “He said...

Posted: 30 days ago

As love lessons go, the boy shot Cupid’s arrow straight into his own foot. “A couple of years ago my boyfriend at the time told me I wasn’t making enough time for him,” Kelsi Hoops said with a faint smile and a definite shrug as she took a break during a workout at Pacifico Power on Wednesday evening. “He said...