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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: 8 hours 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...
Archdeacon: A spring tradition -- Sinclair baseball one of nation’s best
 As the Sinclair Community College baseball team meets Macomb Community College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XII Tournament at Cedar Point’s Sports Force Park in Sandusky on Wednesday morning, here are a few of the Tartan Pride’s numbers that stand out: • They are 40-8 this season and while that’s impressive...

Posted: 9 days ago

As the Sinclair Community College baseball team meets Macomb Community College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XII Tournament at Cedar Point’s Sports Force Park in Sandusky on Wednesday morning, here are a few of the Tartan Pride’s numbers that stand out: • They are 40-8 this season and while that’s impressive...
Archdeacon: A mother’s love — ‘We just kept on moving forward’
 It was the family’s first trip to Myrtle Beach – a get-away everyone had long anticipated – and they left around midnight so they could get to South Carolina by late morning. But 4 ½ hours later – driving through the darkness on the West Virginia Turnpike outside Beckley – Damien Paul was at the wheel...

Posted: 11 days ago

It was the family’s first trip to Myrtle Beach – a get-away everyone had long anticipated – and they left around midnight so they could get to South Carolina by late morning. But 4 ½ hours later – driving through the darkness on the West Virginia Turnpike outside Beckley – Damien Paul was at the wheel...
Archdeacon: ‘The Running Guy’ is gobbling up wins (and cereal) at Central State
 He was just new to the Central State University – and the United States – and he was facing his first dilemma. To solve it, he relied on an old standby solution: He ran. Emmanuel Birgen had just arrived on the campus in rural Greene County from a small village in Kenya a few days earlier. He was a distance runner and would be...

Posted: 20 days ago

He was just new to the Central State University – and the United States – and he was facing his first dilemma. To solve it, he relied on an old standby solution: He ran. Emmanuel Birgen had just arrived on the campus in rural Greene County from a small village in Kenya a few days earlier. He was a distance runner and would be...
Archdeacon: Flyer football players provide help to Dayton neighborhood in need
 For Annette Gibson-Strong, “The Color Purple” isn’t just a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and a popular film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It was also the shade of a fresh coat of paint Saturday – thanks to several volunteers who worked on her Hopeland Street home, especially the University...

Posted: 25 days ago

For Annette Gibson-Strong, “The Color Purple” isn’t just a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and a popular film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It was also the shade of a fresh coat of paint Saturday – thanks to several volunteers who worked on her Hopeland Street home, especially the University...
Archdeacon: ‘The Champion Rests’ and another doesn’t
 As I stood beneath an old forked maple tree in the Forest Hill Cemetery one rainy evening this past week and looked down on the mostly forgotten grave of Luther McCarty – nationally celebrated as the so-called “White Heavyweight Champion of the World” until he died in the ring in Calgary, Canada in May of 1913 – I...

Posted: 26 days ago

As I stood beneath an old forked maple tree in the Forest Hill Cemetery one rainy evening this past week and looked down on the mostly forgotten grave of Luther McCarty – nationally celebrated as the so-called “White Heavyweight Champion of the World” until he died in the ring in Calgary, Canada in May of 1913 – I...
Archdeacon: Dayton native, former NFL player McKinney joins Central State staff
 Central State had an opening on its football staff and six days ago Brandon McKinney filled it. Oh has he ever filled it! And that’s not just referring to his massive presence on the sideline at McPherson Stadium on Saturday for CSU’s annual spring scrimmage. There’s more to him than just those 300-plus pounds that were...

5:00 PM Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018

Central State had an opening on its football staff and six days ago Brandon McKinney filled it. Oh has he ever filled it! And that’s not just referring to his massive presence on the sideline at McPherson Stadium on Saturday for CSU’s annual spring scrimmage. There’s more to him than just those 300-plus pounds that were...
Archdeacon: The long-ago doctor didn’t understand the drive of this former Tippecanoe star
 He’ll never forget the phone call. It was Jan. 3, 1991 – a couple of hours before the Tippecanoe High girls basketball team he coached was to play West Milton – when he learned two of his players had been in an auto accident near school. “I jumped in the car and went over, but when I got there, there were no cars,...

6:18 PM Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018

He’ll never forget the phone call. It was Jan. 3, 1991 – a couple of hours before the Tippecanoe High girls basketball team he coached was to play West Milton – when he learned two of his players had been in an auto accident near school. “I jumped in the car and went over, but when I got there, there were no cars,...
Archdeacon: Bahamian track standouts right at home at Central State
 It began with a little fantasy on both sides. Iesha Lockhart was a standout track athlete at C.V. Bethel Senior High in Nassau, Bahamas and had drawn interest from colleges like Grambling State and St. Augustine University when she met Central State coach James Rollins at the Penn Relays. “He told me about the track program and the...

7:01 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

It began with a little fantasy on both sides. Iesha Lockhart was a standout track athlete at C.V. Bethel Senior High in Nassau, Bahamas and had drawn interest from colleges like Grambling State and St. Augustine University when she met Central State coach James Rollins at the Penn Relays. “He told me about the track program and the...
Archdeacon: Chris Borland still making impact in football
 There are times when Chris Borland does the unexpected. That was the case just over three years ago when he suddenly walked away from a million-dollar NFL contract and the cusp of football greatness after a much trumpeted rookie season as a hard-hitting linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. And that’s what happened again early Friday...

6:44 PM Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018

There are times when Chris Borland does the unexpected. That was the case just over three years ago when he suddenly walked away from a million-dollar NFL contract and the cusp of football greatness after a much trumpeted rookie season as a hard-hitting linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. And that’s what happened again early Friday...
Archdeacon: Dayton football player honors late father by making most of life
 Statistics don’t always tell the story in sports and that’s especially the case with the Dayton Flyers junior punter Christopher Papalia. If you look at the numbers, you see he has punted just two times in his three-year career. And both of those kicks came in his very first game as a freshman. Since then he’s been the backup...

1:18 AM Sunday, Apr. 08, 2018

Statistics don’t always tell the story in sports and that’s especially the case with the Dayton Flyers junior punter Christopher Papalia. If you look at the numbers, you see he has punted just two times in his three-year career. And both of those kicks came in his very first game as a freshman. Since then he’s been the backup...
Archdeacon: 26 years later, the Reds finally get Jeter
 “As the story goes, the Reds finally got Jeter.” That’s the way Tom Nichols, the Dayton Dragons director of media relations and broadcasting, put it the other afternoon as he stood near home plate at Fifth Third Field and watched Jeter Downs, the team’s new shortstop, being photographed a few yards away. It was 26...

4:11 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

“As the story goes, the Reds finally got Jeter.” That’s the way Tom Nichols, the Dayton Dragons director of media relations and broadcasting, put it the other afternoon as he stood near home plate at Fifth Third Field and watched Jeter Downs, the team’s new shortstop, being photographed a few yards away. It was 26...
Archdeacon: Reds phenom Greene has all the tools, and plenty of heart, too
 He said he has relatives here in Dayton. He’s never met them, nor have they met him. He figures that may change this season if they ever make it to Fifth Third Field and are interested. And how could you not be interested in Hunter Greene? He’s a 6-foot-3, 195-pound phenom who, though just 18, has been described in storybook fashion...

7:56 PM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

He said he has relatives here in Dayton. He’s never met them, nor have they met him. He figures that may change this season if they ever make it to Fifth Third Field and are interested. And how could you not be interested in Hunter Greene? He’s a 6-foot-3, 195-pound phenom who, though just 18, has been described in storybook fashion...
Archdeacon: Flyers sports legends gone, but not forgotten
 On Easter Sunday, here’s a story about Calvary. Not the place outside Jerusalem where Christ is said to have been crucified, but the large Catholic cemetery on a hill here just off South Patterson Boulevard Tromping around Calvary on Friday afternoon after the rains stopped, you could see the brilliant yellow daffodils that lined the...

5:38 PM Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018

On Easter Sunday, here’s a story about Calvary. Not the place outside Jerusalem where Christ is said to have been crucified, but the large Catholic cemetery on a hill here just off South Patterson Boulevard Tromping around Calvary on Friday afternoon after the rains stopped, you could see the brilliant yellow daffodils that lined the...
Archdeacon: Franco’s founder was avid sports fan who loved golf, soccer, Cincinnati Bengals
 This first story tells you all you need to know about Franco Germano. When he was just 18, Franco and his two brothers – Dominco and Pasquale – arrived in America by boat from Duronia, Italy, by way of Rome. They first went to Fairmont, West Virginia, where there grandfather worked with coal miners and eventually they ended up...

9:06 PM Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018

This first story tells you all you need to know about Franco Germano. When he was just 18, Franco and his two brothers – Dominco and Pasquale – arrived in America by boat from Duronia, Italy, by way of Rome. They first went to Fairmont, West Virginia, where there grandfather worked with coal miners and eventually they ended up...
Archdeacon: Belyeu adds to legacy at Trotwood-Madison
 The end came with two unexpected swats. First Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Lunden McDay blocked his last shot and then, with the final buzzer, it was official. The Irish had KO’d his team’s state championship dream. Suddenly Myles Belyeu couldn’t breathe, couldn’t stand, couldn’t see through his tears....

7:51 PM Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018

The end came with two unexpected swats. First Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Lunden McDay blocked his last shot and then, with the final buzzer, it was official. The Irish had KO’d his team’s state championship dream. Suddenly Myles Belyeu couldn’t breathe, couldn’t stand, couldn’t see through his tears....
Archdeacon: Marion Local lives out dream on big stage
 After Marion Local won the Division IV state basketball title by beating his team, 52-51, in double overtime at the Schottenstein Center on Saturday, Cornerstone Christian coach Dan Selle was right about everything … except for one thing. He said Marion Local was “not afraid of the big stage.” He said: “We just couldn&rsquo...

9:17 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

After Marion Local won the Division IV state basketball title by beating his team, 52-51, in double overtime at the Schottenstein Center on Saturday, Cornerstone Christian coach Dan Selle was right about everything … except for one thing. He said Marion Local was “not afraid of the big stage.” He said: “We just couldn&rsquo...
Archdeacon: It’s all about family for Trotwood-Madison boys basketball team
 After the way Trotwood-Madison spent the entire game pressing, trapping and harassing Meadowbrook in the Division II state semifinal Friday at the Schottenstein Center – destroying the Colts, 88-42, in a game in which officials kept the clock running in the fourth quarter so the punishment wasn’t prolonged – you’d...

9:28 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

After the way Trotwood-Madison spent the entire game pressing, trapping and harassing Meadowbrook in the Division II state semifinal Friday at the Schottenstein Center – destroying the Colts, 88-42, in a game in which officials kept the clock running in the fourth quarter so the punishment wasn’t prolonged – you’d...
Archdeacon: Dayton’s Grant focused on finding ‘right pieces’ after departures of five Flyers
 The University of Dayton basketball team has lost three more players, including 6-foot-10 redshirt freshmen Kostas Antetokounmpo, who has already withdrawn from school and left campus so he can pursue a pro career. Junior point guard John Crosby and 6-foot-11 freshman Jordan Pierce also requested and were granted their release from the program...

9:51 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

The University of Dayton basketball team has lost three more players, including 6-foot-10 redshirt freshmen Kostas Antetokounmpo, who has already withdrawn from school and left campus so he can pursue a pro career. Junior point guard John Crosby and 6-foot-11 freshman Jordan Pierce also requested and were granted their release from the program...
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