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: Despite heartbreaking loss, Flyer fans, Mikesell step up
 Dayton’s heartbreaking loss to VCU Saturday came with at least two heroes for the Flyers: The sold-out crowd at UD Arena and redshirt junior Ryan Mikesell. Just before the start of the much-anticipated Atlantic 10 showdown – with the music cranked up louder than usual and beloved former UD stars Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard...

Posted: 2 days ago

Dayton’s heartbreaking loss to VCU Saturday came with at least two heroes for the Flyers: The sold-out crowd at UD Arena and redshirt junior Ryan Mikesell. Just before the start of the much-anticipated Atlantic 10 showdown – with the music cranked up louder than usual and beloved former UD stars Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard...
Archdeacon: College coaches flocking to Dayton to see Sinclair phenom
 Once practice ended Friday afternoon, one of the first tasks for Sinclair basketball coach Jeff Price was to go to his office, grab a black marker and add Indiana’s name to the tally board he keeps on the wall. Bill Comar, the Hoosiers’ assistant athletic director for basketball administration, had called just before practice...

Posted: 3 days ago

Once practice ended Friday afternoon, one of the first tasks for Sinclair basketball coach Jeff Price was to go to his office, grab a black marker and add Indiana’s name to the tally board he keeps on the wall. Bill Comar, the Hoosiers’ assistant athletic director for basketball administration, had called just before practice...
Archdeacon: Big Lou huge for Raiders down the stretch
 After Loudon Love pulled down the rebound with one hand because Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald had hooked his other arm and was holding it down – after the referee’s whistled a Flagrant 1 foul and the large, revved-up Nutter Center crowd cheered wildly and Love responded with a biceps-bulging muscle pose – Parker...

Posted: 3 days ago

After Loudon Love pulled down the rebound with one hand because Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald had hooked his other arm and was holding it down – after the referee’s whistled a Flagrant 1 foul and the large, revved-up Nutter Center crowd cheered wildly and Love responded with a biceps-bulging muscle pose – Parker...
Archdeacon: Sinclair point guard and her mom on quite a ride
 They are a mother and daughter on quite a ride. One can be found astride a red and black Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe motorcycle. The other is roaring along as the point guard of the Sinclair women’s basketball team that is 19-3 and now has won eight straight games. Wednesday night – following the Tartan Pride’s 127-53...

Posted: 5 days ago

They are a mother and daughter on quite a ride. One can be found astride a red and black Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe motorcycle. The other is roaring along as the point guard of the Sinclair women’s basketball team that is 19-3 and now has won eight straight games. Wednesday night – following the Tartan Pride’s 127-53...
Archdeacon: Side Pony and Hall of Famer’s ‘love and basketball story’
 On Valentine’s Day, here’s the story of Side Pony and the Hall of Famer. “I don’t know if it was on purpose or an accident when she’d be getting ready in the dark, but when she put her ponytail on, it was always on the side of her head,” former Wright State basketball star Vaughn Duggins said with a chuckle...

Posted: 6 days ago

On Valentine’s Day, here’s the story of Side Pony and the Hall of Famer. “I don’t know if it was on purpose or an accident when she’d be getting ready in the dark, but when she put her ponytail on, it was always on the side of her head,” former Wright State basketball star Vaughn Duggins said with a chuckle...
Archdeacon: Spotlight shines on basketball legend Wayne Embry
 Wayne Embry was a little taken aback. “You remember that?!” he said. “That’s not one of my proudest moments. You’re going back to that?” Yes, because if that had not happened, then Saturday – Wayne Embry Day at Miami University – might not have happened either. In the 1940s and early &lsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Wayne Embry was a little taken aback. “You remember that?!” he said. “That’s not one of my proudest moments. You’re going back to that?” Yes, because if that had not happened, then Saturday – Wayne Embry Day at Miami University – might not have happened either. In the 1940s and early &lsquo...
Archdeacon: Attitude, perseverance has Raiders’ freshman trending up
 The Oakland Golden Grizzlies learned Thursday night what Wright State has known for more than a month now: You can’t keep Malachi Smith down. He’s a basketball version of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” But instead of ending up in a Broadway musical and popular 1960s movie as she did, the back-up freshman guard has seen...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies learned Thursday night what Wright State has known for more than a month now: You can’t keep Malachi Smith down. He’s a basketball version of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” But instead of ending up in a Broadway musical and popular 1960s movie as she did, the back-up freshman guard has seen...
Archdeacon: Despite small stature, Flyers’ A.B. and Shak ‘can hang with anyone’
 They are not your run of the mill college basketball players: One already has a national championship ring. The other is Shak. While University of Dayton point guard Shakeela “Shak” Fowler spells her nickname a bit differently, she is named for Shaquille O’Neal. “As the story goes, when I was a kid my grandad would...

Posted: 12 days ago

They are not your run of the mill college basketball players: One already has a national championship ring. The other is Shak. While University of Dayton point guard Shakeela “Shak” Fowler spells her nickname a bit differently, she is named for Shaquille O’Neal. “As the story goes, when I was a kid my grandad would...
Archdeacon: The bling is the thing for Super Bowl champs
 He may have lost a step, but he hasn’t lost his Super Bowl ring. “Everybody always wants to look at it and try it on or take a photo with it and I used to say, ’Yeah, you’re not faster than me, so go ahead, you can put it on,’” Jim Lachey said with a chuckle. “But I can’t say that anymore. Not...

Posted: 17 days ago

He may have lost a step, but he hasn’t lost his Super Bowl ring. “Everybody always wants to look at it and try it on or take a photo with it and I used to say, ’Yeah, you’re not faster than me, so go ahead, you can put it on,’” Jim Lachey said with a chuckle. “But I can’t say that anymore. Not...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s Simmons an unlikely ‘monster on the boards’
 Symone Simmons was full of surprises Thursday night. “I play the saxophone,” the Wright State senior guard said. “All four of them: alto, tenor, soprano and baritone. I started playing with the middle school band and when I got to high school I was in the jazz band.” Another thing you might not expect: When the 21-year-old...

Posted: 19 days ago

Symone Simmons was full of surprises Thursday night. “I play the saxophone,” the Wright State senior guard said. “All four of them: alto, tenor, soprano and baritone. I started playing with the middle school band and when I got to high school I was in the jazz band.” Another thing you might not expect: When the 21-year-old...