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: Tireless work ethic drives Flyers’ sharpshooter Cannatelli
 If you’ve ever watched the University of Dayton women finish their pregame warm-ups, you may have noticed one player lagging behind on Blackburn Court. Lauren Cannatelli often begs the rebounders to feed her the ball for one more shot. “Whether it’s been with her club team or at a high school practice or even here before...

Posted: 21 hours ago

If you’ve ever watched the University of Dayton women finish their pregame warm-ups, you may have noticed one player lagging behind on Blackburn Court. Lauren Cannatelli often begs the rebounders to feed her the ball for one more shot. “Whether it’s been with her club team or at a high school practice or even here before...
Archdeacon: Cunningham shines brightest on a dim day for Flyers
 As long as he doesn’t let his mom turn into some modern-day Delilah, the Dayton Flyers will have some hope in this season of struggle. At least that’s the way an old biblical tale could apply to UD’s current basketball trials. Josh Cunningham is as close to Sampson as any Flyer gets. If you don’t remember, Sampson...

Posted: a day ago

As long as he doesn’t let his mom turn into some modern-day Delilah, the Dayton Flyers will have some hope in this season of struggle. At least that’s the way an old biblical tale could apply to UD’s current basketball trials. Josh Cunningham is as close to Sampson as any Flyer gets. If you don’t remember, Sampson...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s ‘G.O.A.T.’ soars to the top again
 Because her high school career was such a roller-coaster ride, with some trumpeted success that twice gave way to seasons of suspension, once for a whole year, Kim Demmings had to keep turning her uniform back in. With no dibs on a number, she wore 31 for a while at Richmond High in Indiana and also 23. When she got to Wright State University...

Posted: 2 days ago

Because her high school career was such a roller-coaster ride, with some trumpeted success that twice gave way to seasons of suspension, once for a whole year, Kim Demmings had to keep turning her uniform back in. With no dibs on a number, she wore 31 for a while at Richmond High in Indiana and also 23. When she got to Wright State University...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s Cole Gentry — ‘I decided to bet on myself’
 Most D-I college suitors treated him like a wallflower at a junior high dance and he knows why. “Sometimes guys don’t pass the eye test,” said Wright State point guard Cole Gentry.” I’m not 6-foot-3. I don’t have long arms. I don’t jump as high as some other guys.” His dad, Alan, agreed: &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Most D-I college suitors treated him like a wallflower at a junior high dance and he knows why. “Sometimes guys don’t pass the eye test,” said Wright State point guard Cole Gentry.” I’m not 6-foot-3. I don’t have long arms. I don’t jump as high as some other guys.” His dad, Alan, agreed: &ldquo...
Archdeacon: ‘Joey ... Joey ... Joey’ finally connects and Dayton Flyers players, coaches, fans ‘loved it’
 With about six minutes to go Friday, the Flyers up on VCU by 26 and the UD Arena crowd rocking out over the unexpected bounty it had been given on this snowy, icy, otherwise foul night, the players at the end of the Dayton bench started to go through some clandestine contortions. They leaned back in their chairs, then nonchalantly stretched...

Posted: 8 days ago

With about six minutes to go Friday, the Flyers up on VCU by 26 and the UD Arena crowd rocking out over the unexpected bounty it had been given on this snowy, icy, otherwise foul night, the players at the end of the Dayton bench started to go through some clandestine contortions. They leaned back in their chairs, then nonchalantly stretched...
Archdeacon: Salar Family survives the fire … and the ice
 Fire and Ice. It’s a famous poem by Robert Frost. It’s been a real pain for Meghan Shaw. Meg, as she’s known, is a former college swimmer who is the general manager of Salar Restaurant and Lounge, a popular Oregon District destination at the corner of E. Fifth and Brown Street. On Christmas Eve, her boyfriend Brady Marinangeli...

Posted: 9 days ago

Fire and Ice. It’s a famous poem by Robert Frost. It’s been a real pain for Meghan Shaw. Meg, as she’s known, is a former college swimmer who is the general manager of Salar Restaurant and Lounge, a popular Oregon District destination at the corner of E. Fifth and Brown Street. On Christmas Eve, her boyfriend Brady Marinangeli...
Archdeacon: Layfield’s can-do spirit elevates Dayton Flyers
 After the game, JaVonna Layfield gave me an upraised middle finger. But it’s not what you think. • Yes, it was meant for all those — including herself early in her University of Dayton career — who thought she couldn’t cut it at UD. That she wasn’t college material in the classroom, wouldn’t excel...

Posted: 11 days ago

After the game, JaVonna Layfield gave me an upraised middle finger. But it’s not what you think. • Yes, it was meant for all those — including herself early in her University of Dayton career — who thought she couldn’t cut it at UD. That she wasn’t college material in the classroom, wouldn’t excel...
Archdeacon: By any name, Wright State has a force in Love
 Double Love. Double digits. Whether it’s his name or his game, 6-foot-9, 265-pound Loudon Love has become a double double. Just before he got to Wright State from Geneva, Illinois, he changed his last name from Vollbrecht to Love. That’s the maiden name of Laura, his mom. It’s also the name of his grandpa, who became a father...

Posted: 11 days ago

Double Love. Double digits. Whether it’s his name or his game, 6-foot-9, 265-pound Loudon Love has become a double double. Just before he got to Wright State from Geneva, Illinois, he changed his last name from Vollbrecht to Love. That’s the maiden name of Laura, his mom. It’s also the name of his grandpa, who became a father...
Archdeacon: Flyers may need their heads examined, Grant implies
 The Dayton Flyers need a shrink as much as they need a coach. At least that’s kind of what their coach, Anthony Grant, was saying after his team stumbled against under-manned Massachusetts, losing 62-60 on Saturday afternoon at UD Arena. “That’s the definition of insanity, right?” Grant asked rhetorically. “You...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Dayton Flyers need a shrink as much as they need a coach. At least that’s kind of what their coach, Anthony Grant, was saying after his team stumbled against under-manned Massachusetts, losing 62-60 on Saturday afternoon at UD Arena. “That’s the definition of insanity, right?” Grant asked rhetorically. “You...
Archdeacon: For Landers, Flyers, it’s all about ‘conquering the chaos’
 Anthony Grant heard it all game long. “From the beginning of the game to the end of the game, at halftime, you could hear his voice,” the University of Dayton coach said of Trey Landers following the Flyers’ 82-72 upset of St Bonaventure on Wednesday night at UD Arena. While Landers scored a career-high 17 points, had...

Posted: 18 days ago

Anthony Grant heard it all game long. “From the beginning of the game to the end of the game, at halftime, you could hear his voice,” the University of Dayton coach said of Trey Landers following the Flyers’ 82-72 upset of St Bonaventure on Wednesday night at UD Arena. While Landers scored a career-high 17 points, had...