Tom Archdeacon

Columnist, Reporter

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.

Blog: Through the Arch

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Maybe the only person busier than Santa Claus this holiday season is Harrison Township Detective Kent Saunders of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Along with his daily police duties, he runs a harness racing stable out of the Xenia Fairgrounds and currently races at Dayton Raceway. And, he’s a high school basketball referee, doing 5-6 games a week in the Miami Valley. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Archdeacon: A man busier than Santa

XENIA – Instead of a bright, red suit trimmed in white, he wears a black and white striped shirt and a whistle or, maybe, plainclothes and a gun. And rather than a sleigh hooked to eight flying reindeer, he rides in a sulky pulled by a huffing standardbred that might ...

Arch: Flyers come together for big win

Brian Gregory said it best the night before his Georgia Tech team would play the roster-depleted Dayton Flyers at UD Arena.“They’ll be a better team without those two guys,” he said.He was referring to the loss of 6-foot-9 starting center and team captain Devon Scott and his 6-9 back-up Jalen ...

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory, former head coach of the Flyers, shouts to his players during the first half at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. David Jablonski/Staff

Archdeacon: Gregory emotional about return to Dayton

It took about 20 minutes from the time he stepped off the bus from the airport and walked into the team hotel for Brian Gregory to get choked up. The Georgia Tech coach had been asked for one of the best memories he had of his eight years at the ...

Arch: Short-handed Flyers step up

Thankfully for the Dayton Flyers, real life didn’t imitate art Saturday night at UD Arena. That is, if you consider the ZOOperstars! as some kind of performance art. The zany, over-inflated characters who are staples at baseball and basketball games around the nation performed at halftime and then one character ...

Nine-year-old Michael Carey of Dayton is a member of the S.W.A.T. (Special Winning Attitude) Martial Arts Team, works out at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Dayton. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Archdeacon: Karate helps 9-year-old cope with mother’s loss

Christmas angels come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes are found in the most unlikely of circumstances. A few nights back, one appeared in the karate room at the Kroc Salvation Army Community Center on North Keowee Street. Known to most simply as Little Michael, he wore a black ...

Dayton's Devon Scott, right, puts his arm around Jalen Robinson as the Flyers wrap up a victory against Massachusetts on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at UD Arena.

Arch: Dismissed Flyers show true disdain

For Devon Scott, things have come in a full and lousy circle. In the spring, the former University of Dayton center carried and dragged his girlfriend — the mother of his young son – out of his Caldwell Street apartment and deposited her on the curb after they had argued. ...

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs off the field after a 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Arch: Bengals welcome Johnny Football to the NFL

After the game, Wallace Gilberry summed it up best: “Sometimes you reap what you sow.” The Cincinnati Bengals veteran defensive end was talking about the nightmare performance they forced onto Cleveland’s brash rookie quarterback, Johnny Manziel, in what ended up a 30-0 rout of the Browns, Sunday, at FirstEnergy stadium. ...

Arch: ‘Christmas miracle’ for WSU player, family

As they stood in the wings of the Nutter Center, about to run out onto the court for their game against the Dayton Flyers 11 days ago, Breanna Stucke suddenly wanted to leave. “As we were coming from the locker room, my heart was beating so fast and I told ...

Chris Pearson trains Monday, Dec. 8 at Ignition Performance Gym in Mason. Pearson, a junior middleweight boxer from Trotwood with a 14-0 record with 10 KO’s, will fight Steve Martinez Friday Dec. 12 at The Illusions Theater in San Antonio, Texas. the fight will air live on Showtime. Nick Graham / Staff

Arch: Trotwood boxer Pearson on track for title shot

There was a definite line of demarcation — decided more by punishment than distance — in the Ignition gym the other day.At one end of this Reading Road complex that caters especially to pro athletes, several baseball players — from Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star third baseman Josh Harrison to Cedarville University ...

UD's Andrea Hoover drives past a Toledo defender in the 79-57 victory over the visiting Toledo Rockets Wednesday afternoon at UD Arena. A strong second-half performance propelled the Flyers to victory and UD improves its record to 5-3 while UT fell to 3-3 on the season. The win extends Dayton's home winning streak – the longest in the nation in NCAA Division I women's basketball – to 29 consecutive. Attendance for School Day was marked at 7,035 and included the largest amount of area school participation Dayton has had since the start of the mid-day, field-trip game. Seniors Andrea Hoover and Ally Malott led Dayton offensively with 26 points and 15 points, respectively. Hoover made a season-high five three pointers in the game. Freshman Jenna Burdette led Dayton defensively with a career-high four steals. She also tallied 10 points and added five assists. JIM WITMER / STAFF

UD’s Hoover all about the team

If she were a politician running for office, this would have been the equivalent of a rousing stump speech replete with pressing palms, kissing babies and looking good for the cameras. This was the kind of effort that wins hearts, minds and votes. Wednesday morning, just before the Dayton Flyers ...

 
 

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