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: Marathon just another challenge for Castro
 The two women both stood up during the question-and-answer session at the U.S. Air Force Marathon’s Breakfast of Champions on Friday. They took turns addressing the guest speaker, retired Army Major Ivan Castro, who had been blinded and badly injured in a mortar attack in Iraq in 2006 and then managed a stunning recovery that enabled...

Posted: 2 days ago

The two women both stood up during the question-and-answer session at the U.S. Air Force Marathon’s Breakfast of Champions on Friday. They took turns addressing the guest speaker, retired Army Major Ivan Castro, who had been blinded and badly injured in a mortar attack in Iraq in 2006 and then managed a stunning recovery that enabled...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ gets back in the race
 There could not have been a more touching moment at last year’s U.S. Air Force Marathon. After a pre-dawn chemotherapy treatment and then over six hours and 26 miles of grueling competition — interrupted twice for mid-race medical procedures and once for a check-up by a paramedic — 23-year-old Caleigh Hildebrandt was scooped...

Posted: 3 days ago

There could not have been a more touching moment at last year’s U.S. Air Force Marathon. After a pre-dawn chemotherapy treatment and then over six hours and 26 miles of grueling competition — interrupted twice for mid-race medical procedures and once for a check-up by a paramedic — 23-year-old Caleigh Hildebrandt was scooped...
Tom Archdeacon: Army-Ohio State extra special for Schretzman family
 Here’s an Old Testament tale getting a couple of new testaments. “The game’s a little bit like David and Goliath,” Stacy Schretzman was saying about Army’s match-up against No. 8 Ohio State, a 30-point favorite, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. “But if anybody can do it, Army sure can.” Of course, Stacy...

Posted: 4 days ago

Here’s an Old Testament tale getting a couple of new testaments. “The game’s a little bit like David and Goliath,” Stacy Schretzman was saying about Army’s match-up against No. 8 Ohio State, a 30-point favorite, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. “But if anybody can do it, Army sure can.” Of course, Stacy...
Tom Archdeacon: Softball legend Ruby Wise ‘never knew a stranger’
 As they prepare to lay Ruby Wise to rest Thursday, I find myself thinking back to the afternoon several years ago when I went to find out just what made Ruby run. She already was into her 70s when we met in her small place in Kettering. Out back was her flower garden full of larkspur, buttercups, nasturtium and coral bells. Next to a chair...

Posted: 6 days ago

As they prepare to lay Ruby Wise to rest Thursday, I find myself thinking back to the afternoon several years ago when I went to find out just what made Ruby run. She already was into her 70s when we met in her small place in Kettering. Out back was her flower garden full of larkspur, buttercups, nasturtium and coral bells. Next to a chair...
Archdeacon: Frustration boils over for normally cool, calm A.J. Green
 A.J. Green wasn’t telling the truth. “I’m going to rally the guys around me,” the Cincinnati Bengals stellar wide receiver said as he sat at locker – still in full uniform while most of his teammates already had showered, put on their street clothes and headed for the door — following an embarrassing...

Posted: 8 days ago

A.J. Green wasn’t telling the truth. “I’m going to rally the guys around me,” the Cincinnati Bengals stellar wide receiver said as he sat at locker – still in full uniform while most of his teammates already had showered, put on their street clothes and headed for the door — following an embarrassing...
Tom Archdeacon: Barrett, not Mayfield, riles up Buckeye fans
 The quarterback who had Ohio State backers most riled up late Saturday night was not Baker Mayfield. Never mind that after leading Oklahoma to a 31-16 blowout of OSU at Ohio Stadium, the swaggering Sooner then rubbed more salt in the wounds of the Buckeye fans who stayed – and many didn’t – until the end of the game...

Posted: 8 days ago

The quarterback who had Ohio State backers most riled up late Saturday night was not Baker Mayfield. Never mind that after leading Oklahoma to a 31-16 blowout of OSU at Ohio Stadium, the swaggering Sooner then rubbed more salt in the wounds of the Buckeye fans who stayed – and many didn’t – until the end of the game...
Tom Archdeacon: Boxing helps Parkinson’s sufferers cope
 He said the first time he walked into the gym “you’d have thought I was drunker than a skunk. “I was staggering. I had to hang onto the desk up front to make sure I didn’t fall over.” It was about two months ago when John Stanley came through the front door of the M-Power Gym on North Dixie Drive in Vandalia...

Posted: 10 days ago

He said the first time he walked into the gym “you’d have thought I was drunker than a skunk. “I was staggering. I had to hang onto the desk up front to make sure I didn’t fall over.” It was about two months ago when John Stanley came through the front door of the M-Power Gym on North Dixie Drive in Vandalia...
Tom Archdeacon: All roads lead to home for top harness driver
 The distance between Barn 4 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and the paddock at Hollywood Dayton Raceway is just 15.8 miles. That’s one reason for local racing fans to rejoice. It means Dan Noble — one of the best harness drivers in the nation, a guy who has won nearly 4,800 races and $26 million in purses — will be at Dayton...

Posted: 11 days ago

The distance between Barn 4 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and the paddock at Hollywood Dayton Raceway is just 15.8 miles. That’s one reason for local racing fans to rejoice. It means Dan Noble — one of the best harness drivers in the nation, a guy who has won nearly 4,800 races and $26 million in purses — will be at Dayton...
Archdeacon: Trent Mays learning to make right decisions at Central State
 Even though he threw three interceptions and fumbled twice in Central State’s 34-23 season-opening loss to Elizabeth City State University on Saturday at McPherson Stadium – in a performance he later called “unacceptable,” – Trent Mays’ day was far better than it could have been. At least his head coach...

Posted: 15 days ago

Even though he threw three interceptions and fumbled twice in Central State’s 34-23 season-opening loss to Elizabeth City State University on Saturday at McPherson Stadium – in a performance he later called “unacceptable,” – Trent Mays’ day was far better than it could have been. At least his head coach...
Tom Archdeacon: Belmont soccer players still living the dream
 It’s taken a few years, but the glorious idea she had about America when she was living in Ghana finally is coming true. Isabella Danhoui is days away from becoming a college athlete. “I learned about America from friends whose families traveled there and especially from movies and TV and music. People like Rihanna and Chris Burrows...

Posted: 17 days ago

It’s taken a few years, but the glorious idea she had about America when she was living in Ghana finally is coming true. Isabella Danhoui is days away from becoming a college athlete. “I learned about America from friends whose families traveled there and especially from movies and TV and music. People like Rihanna and Chris Burrows...
Archdeacon: Buckeye freshman Dobbins ray of sunshine for Texas hometown
 Hurricane relief comes in many forms. Wednesday morning Ohio State announced its football program was donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross fund for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. Thursday night in Bloomington, the Buckeyes followed that up with an 18-year-old burst of sunshine at running back who may have done just about as much...

Posted: 17 days ago

Hurricane relief comes in many forms. Wednesday morning Ohio State announced its football program was donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross fund for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. Thursday night in Bloomington, the Buckeyes followed that up with an 18-year-old burst of sunshine at running back who may have done just about as much...