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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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Tom Archdeacon: Still treasuring Barcelona 25 years after Olympics
 LaVonna Martin-Floreal ended up with two keepsakes from the Barcelona Olympics. One was her silver medal. The other? Her husband. This coming Tuesday marks 25 years since the Olympic Games opened in Barcelona, Spain in 1992. While LaVonna said she hadn’t realized the anniversary was right around the corner, she wasn’t surprised...

Posted: 10 hours ago

LaVonna Martin-Floreal ended up with two keepsakes from the Barcelona Olympics. One was her silver medal. The other? Her husband. This coming Tuesday marks 25 years since the Olympic Games opened in Barcelona, Spain in 1992. While LaVonna said she hadn’t realized the anniversary was right around the corner, she wasn’t surprised...
Tom Archdeacon: Local MMA fighter returns to the ring of fire
 You could say it was the day the music stopped. A few mornings ago Warren Roberds was in the ring at Drake’s Downtown Gym going through his 27th straight minute of sparring without a break. His two sparring partners had been taking turns against him and now he was trading blows with Jake Norman, a well-muscled, heavily-tattooed behemoth...

Posted: 3 days ago

You could say it was the day the music stopped. A few mornings ago Warren Roberds was in the ring at Drake’s Downtown Gym going through his 27th straight minute of sparring without a break. His two sparring partners had been taking turns against him and now he was trading blows with Jake Norman, a well-muscled, heavily-tattooed behemoth...
Tom Archdeacon: Yellow Springs girl, 13, ‘not your typical kid’
 For a long time she had dreadlocks. Then came a full-blown Afro and later a trimmed-down version. There was a period of pigtails, too. And now this. “A lot of people like it, but some people go, ‘What did you do to your hair?’ ” Malaya Booth said with a laugh as she turned her head to give you the full effect of her...

Posted: 7 days ago

For a long time she had dreadlocks. Then came a full-blown Afro and later a trimmed-down version. There was a period of pigtails, too. And now this. “A lot of people like it, but some people go, ‘What did you do to your hair?’ ” Malaya Booth said with a laugh as she turned her head to give you the full effect of her...
Tom Archdeacon: How Grace Norman went from gold medalist to the red carpet
 How’s this for a wardrobe upgrade? She’s gone from a self-described “huge,” above-the elbow sugar-tong splint, then a short arm cast and finally a protective brace to a dazzling floor-length white dress with a gold top and fancy new shoes with gold heels that will be sure to glimmer on the red carpet. After seven intoxicating...

Posted: 12 days ago

How’s this for a wardrobe upgrade? She’s gone from a self-described “huge,” above-the elbow sugar-tong splint, then a short arm cast and finally a protective brace to a dazzling floor-length white dress with a gold top and fancy new shoes with gold heels that will be sure to glimmer on the red carpet. After seven intoxicating...
Tom Archdeacon: Mikesell on road back to Dayton Flyers after surgeries
 He admitted it used to be able to use “cuteness” to get where he wanted. Now he has to rely on his crutches. So instead of a summer spent at places like Eldora Speedway, the Troy Strawberry Festival and the Mercer and Allen County fairs, he’s spending each day in University of Dayton training room with Flyers trainer Mike...

Posted: 13 days ago

He admitted it used to be able to use “cuteness” to get where he wanted. Now he has to rely on his crutches. So instead of a summer spent at places like Eldora Speedway, the Troy Strawberry Festival and the Mercer and Allen County fairs, he’s spending each day in University of Dayton training room with Flyers trainer Mike...
Tom Archdeacon: Fairgrounds’ place secure in area’s sporting lore
 It happens when he comes out of downtown Dayton on South Main. “When I’m driving by now — whether I’m going to Miami Valley Hospital or on out Main Street — I always look over there and find myself smiling,” Bing Davis said. “I remember all the wonderful experiences I had playing over in that arena...

Posted: 14 days ago

It happens when he comes out of downtown Dayton on South Main. “When I’m driving by now — whether I’m going to Miami Valley Hospital or on out Main Street — I always look over there and find myself smiling,” Bing Davis said. “I remember all the wonderful experiences I had playing over in that arena...
Tom Archdeacon: Libyan Little League benefactor has a ‘real good heart’
 Long ago, he got Hawaii and Ohio mixed up and because of it there are a lot of people here today — from the Rev. Gerard Seldon, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church on Hoover Ave. to the teenage kid who hustles candy along Brown Street and the customers who line up daily for the bourbon chicken at the Bourbon Street Grill & Cafe on Brown...

Posted: 21 days ago

Long ago, he got Hawaii and Ohio mixed up and because of it there are a lot of people here today — from the Rev. Gerard Seldon, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church on Hoover Ave. to the teenage kid who hustles candy along Brown Street and the customers who line up daily for the bourbon chicken at the Bourbon Street Grill & Cafe on Brown...
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program
 According to a former Wright State University swimmer who is now an international business director for a company that manufactures medical equipment, a “large donor” has emerged and could help raise the funds needed to save the targeted WSU swimming and diving program for the coming season. “Our goal was to raise $85,000...

8:54 PM Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

According to a former Wright State University swimmer who is now an international business director for a company that manufactures medical equipment, a “large donor” has emerged and could help raise the funds needed to save the targeted WSU swimming and diving program for the coming season. “Our goal was to raise $85,000...
Archdeacon: Right place, right time for new basketball coach at Miami
 He’s taken over a Miami University basketball program that has had eight straight losing seasons, has been to one NCAA Tournament in the past 18 years and saw attendance at Millett Hall last season drop to an announced average of 1,490 per game although, at times, the crowd looked to be almost half that size. He has taken over a team...

1:26 AM Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

He’s taken over a Miami University basketball program that has had eight straight losing seasons, has been to one NCAA Tournament in the past 18 years and saw attendance at Millett Hall last season drop to an announced average of 1,490 per game although, at times, the crowd looked to be almost half that size. He has taken over a team...
Tom Archdeacon: A tribute to Dayton’s own pool shark, ‘The Maestro’
 It was the early 1970s — the era of the Vietnam War — and Minnesota Fats was in town to promote a Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action (POW/MIA) fundraising event at Memorial Hall. At the time Fats was a well-known, fast-talking, bigger-than-life figure in the sports world. He was known for his tall tales, engaging banter and his...

11:37 PM Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017

It was the early 1970s — the era of the Vietnam War — and Minnesota Fats was in town to promote a Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action (POW/MIA) fundraising event at Memorial Hall. At the time Fats was a well-known, fast-talking, bigger-than-life figure in the sports world. He was known for his tall tales, engaging banter and his...
Tom Archdeacon: Local legend Duffy ready to revive Miami program
 Frank Goldsberry sat in his office at Millett Hall on Thursday afternoon and told a story from a decade and a half ago that he believes relates to today. It’s from the days he was the Chaminade Julienne High School girls basketball coach and his teams weren’t just a perennial state power — 170-16 in his seven seasons &mdash...

7:59 PM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

Frank Goldsberry sat in his office at Millett Hall on Thursday afternoon and told a story from a decade and a half ago that he believes relates to today. It’s from the days he was the Chaminade Julienne High School girls basketball coach and his teams weren’t just a perennial state power — 170-16 in his seven seasons &mdash...