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.

Latest from Tom Archdeacon

Archdeacon: Wright State MVP on one-game suspension: ‘It was for the better’
 Scott Nagy said he won’t do it. “I’m not going to put winning before everything else,” the Wright State coach said. Saturday night Nagy sat Justin Mitchell – the Raiders’ starting point guard, one of the just two seniors who play and a guy he’s called the team’s “most valuable player,&rdquo...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Scott Nagy said he won’t do it. “I’m not going to put winning before everything else,” the Wright State coach said. Saturday night Nagy sat Justin Mitchell – the Raiders’ starting point guard, one of the just two seniors who play and a guy he’s called the team’s “most valuable player,&rdquo...
Archdeacon: Sinclair basketball coach helps inmates win, too
 Early each morning she passes by two fences topped with barbed, razor wire, walks through the metal detector, gets her hand stamped with an invisible identifier seen only in special lighting, stops at a guard area to press an ID against reinforced glass and then show that special hand stamp. Finally, she goes through one electronically-controlled...

Posted: a day ago

Early each morning she passes by two fences topped with barbed, razor wire, walks through the metal detector, gets her hand stamped with an invisible identifier seen only in special lighting, stops at a guard area to press an ID against reinforced glass and then show that special hand stamp. Finally, she goes through one electronically-controlled...
Archdeacon: Injured Custer surprises Wright State teammates with visit
 He surprised them before their game with Miami. The Wright State basketball players were going through warm-ups when Ryan Custer appeared on the edge of the Millett Hall court wearing a green warm-up, WSU shorts, black sneakers and a grin. He would have joined their drills were it not for the wheelchair in which he was being pushed. The Raiders...

Posted: 4 days ago

He surprised them before their game with Miami. The Wright State basketball players were going through warm-ups when Ryan Custer appeared on the edge of the Millett Hall court wearing a green warm-up, WSU shorts, black sneakers and a grin. He would have joined their drills were it not for the wheelchair in which he was being pushed. The Raiders...
Archdeacon: ‘Cornerstone’ Price clears path to victory for Buckeyes
 In the world of college football — where bruises and bravado often dominate — Ohio State regularly gives one nod to sentimentality after each game when the team gathers in front of the band and sings the cherished alma mater, Carmen Ohio, as the fans chime in. With that in mind, Billy Price — on what had been a historic...

Posted: 8 days ago

In the world of college football — where bruises and bravado often dominate — Ohio State regularly gives one nod to sentimentality after each game when the team gathers in front of the band and sings the cherished alma mater, Carmen Ohio, as the fans chime in. With that in mind, Billy Price — on what had been a historic...
Archdeacon: Flyers’ win all about mind over matter for Williams
 Once he’d had enough fluids pumped into him after the game to stop the painful cramping in his legs, Xeyrius Williams stepped out of the team’s training room and explained what had just happened. “Mind over matter,” he said with a shrug, then a big smile. That should be the epigraph engraved on the Dayton Flyers&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Once he’d had enough fluids pumped into him after the game to stop the painful cramping in his legs, Xeyrius Williams stepped out of the team’s training room and explained what had just happened. “Mind over matter,” he said with a shrug, then a big smile. That should be the epigraph engraved on the Dayton Flyers&rsquo...
Archdeacon: Local Vietnam veteran still fighting the good fight
 It was 1968 and, in the words of Ron Daniels, “Nam was hot.” The American war effort was at its peak in Vietnam and the North Vietnamese People’s Army and the Viet Cong had launched their massive Tet Offensive. A year earlier Daniels had been a senior at Dunbar High School and now he was part of a 561st Transportation Company...

Posted: 9 days ago

It was 1968 and, in the words of Ron Daniels, “Nam was hot.” The American war effort was at its peak in Vietnam and the North Vietnamese People’s Army and the Viet Cong had launched their massive Tet Offensive. A year earlier Daniels had been a senior at Dunbar High School and now he was part of a 561st Transportation Company...
Archdeacon: Wright State freshman ready to roll
 He sat in the top of the Nutter Center — up on the concourse overlooking the well-lit basketball court — and talked about his development. “I’d watch what other people did, then go try it. Sometimes I’d fall, but I’d get back up again and try it again until I just got better and better.” So that&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

He sat in the top of the Nutter Center — up on the concourse overlooking the well-lit basketball court — and talked about his development. “I’d watch what other people did, then go try it. Sometimes I’d fall, but I’d get back up again and try it again until I just got better and better.” So that&rsquo...
Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers
 Anthony Grant was looking for a diamond in the rough. Jalen Crutcher was hoping to get some shiny earrings. The two reached out to each other and both ended up getting what they wanted. Late in the recruiting cycle, Grant got the point guard help he needed to fill out his Dayton Flyers roster and Crutcher now sports a pair of pea-sized, diamond-like...

Posted: 11 days ago

Anthony Grant was looking for a diamond in the rough. Jalen Crutcher was hoping to get some shiny earrings. The two reached out to each other and both ended up getting what they wanted. Late in the recruiting cycle, Grant got the point guard help he needed to fill out his Dayton Flyers roster and Crutcher now sports a pair of pea-sized, diamond-like...
Archdeacon: ‘Different’ is good for Cunningham, Flyers in exhibition win
 As he and his teammates were singing and dancing their way down the steep ramp from their Donoher Center locker room to the UD Arena floor Saturday night, it suddenly hit him. “We were coming down the ramp and I was like, ‘Man, this is different!’” Josh Cunningham said. The Flyers 6-foot-7 junior captain wasn&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

As he and his teammates were singing and dancing their way down the steep ramp from their Donoher Center locker room to the UD Arena floor Saturday night, it suddenly hit him. “We were coming down the ramp and I was like, ‘Man, this is different!’” Josh Cunningham said. The Flyers 6-foot-7 junior captain wasn&rsquo...
Tom Archdeacon: 7-year-old teams with Miami RedHawks in cancer fight
 He spent three months in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He had rounds of chemotherapy and steroid treatments. He lost his hair from one and had his face swell up from the other. He’s had multiple lumbar punctures, been hooked up to IVs, had PICC lines put in, later had a port installed and through it all has had...

Posted: 16 days ago

He spent three months in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He had rounds of chemotherapy and steroid treatments. He lost his hair from one and had his face swell up from the other. He’s had multiple lumbar punctures, been hooked up to IVs, had PICC lines put in, later had a port installed and through it all has had...
Archdeacon: Wright State’s Mitchell rebounds on the court, in life
 The call left him reeling. Justin Mitchell and his twin brother Jescus — who he calls Zuess — had spent the night at their mom’s home in Fort Wayne rather than at the Clinton Street house where they lived with their dad. When the phone rang, everyone was still asleep. Justin, who was then 16, answered: “It was my younger...

Posted: 17 days ago

The call left him reeling. Justin Mitchell and his twin brother Jescus — who he calls Zuess — had spent the night at their mom’s home in Fort Wayne rather than at the Clinton Street house where they lived with their dad. When the phone rang, everyone was still asleep. Justin, who was then 16, answered: “It was my younger...