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: Bahamian track standouts right at home at Central State
 It began with a little fantasy on both sides. Iesha Lockhart was a standout track athlete at C.V. Bethel Senior High in Nassau, Bahamas and had drawn interest from colleges like Grambling State and St. Augustine University when she met Central State coach James Rollins at the Penn Relays. “He told me about the track program and the...

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It began with a little fantasy on both sides. Iesha Lockhart was a standout track athlete at C.V. Bethel Senior High in Nassau, Bahamas and had drawn interest from colleges like Grambling State and St. Augustine University when she met Central State coach James Rollins at the Penn Relays. “He told me about the track program and the...
Archdeacon: Chris Borland still making impact in football
 There are times when Chris Borland does the unexpected. That was the case just over three years ago when he suddenly walked away from a million-dollar NFL contract and the cusp of football greatness after a much trumpeted rookie season as a hard-hitting linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. And that’s what happened again early Friday...

Posted: 4 days ago

There are times when Chris Borland does the unexpected. That was the case just over three years ago when he suddenly walked away from a million-dollar NFL contract and the cusp of football greatness after a much trumpeted rookie season as a hard-hitting linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. And that’s what happened again early Friday...
Archdeacon: Dayton football player honors late father by making most of life
 Statistics don’t always tell the story in sports and that’s especially the case with the Dayton Flyers junior punter Christopher Papalia. If you look at the numbers, you see he has punted just two times in his three-year career. And both of those kicks came in his very first game as a freshman. Since then he’s been the backup...

Posted: 11 days ago

Statistics don’t always tell the story in sports and that’s especially the case with the Dayton Flyers junior punter Christopher Papalia. If you look at the numbers, you see he has punted just two times in his three-year career. And both of those kicks came in his very first game as a freshman. Since then he’s been the backup...
Archdeacon: 26 years later, the Reds finally get Jeter
 “As the story goes, the Reds finally got Jeter.” That’s the way Tom Nichols, the Dayton Dragons director of media relations and broadcasting, put it the other afternoon as he stood near home plate at Fifth Third Field and watched Jeter Downs, the team’s new shortstop, being photographed a few yards away. It was 26...

Posted: 13 days ago

“As the story goes, the Reds finally got Jeter.” That’s the way Tom Nichols, the Dayton Dragons director of media relations and broadcasting, put it the other afternoon as he stood near home plate at Fifth Third Field and watched Jeter Downs, the team’s new shortstop, being photographed a few yards away. It was 26...
Archdeacon: Reds phenom Greene has all the tools, and plenty of heart, too
 He said he has relatives here in Dayton. He’s never met them, nor have they met him. He figures that may change this season if they ever make it to Fifth Third Field and are interested. And how could you not be interested in Hunter Greene? He’s a 6-foot-3, 195-pound phenom who, though just 18, has been described in storybook fashion...

Posted: 14 days ago

He said he has relatives here in Dayton. He’s never met them, nor have they met him. He figures that may change this season if they ever make it to Fifth Third Field and are interested. And how could you not be interested in Hunter Greene? He’s a 6-foot-3, 195-pound phenom who, though just 18, has been described in storybook fashion...
Archdeacon: Flyers sports legends gone, but not forgotten
 On Easter Sunday, here’s a story about Calvary. Not the place outside Jerusalem where Christ is said to have been crucified, but the large Catholic cemetery on a hill here just off South Patterson Boulevard Tromping around Calvary on Friday afternoon after the rains stopped, you could see the brilliant yellow daffodils that lined the...

Posted: 18 days ago

On Easter Sunday, here’s a story about Calvary. Not the place outside Jerusalem where Christ is said to have been crucified, but the large Catholic cemetery on a hill here just off South Patterson Boulevard Tromping around Calvary on Friday afternoon after the rains stopped, you could see the brilliant yellow daffodils that lined the...
Archdeacon: Franco’s founder was avid sports fan who loved golf, soccer, Cincinnati Bengals
 This first story tells you all you need to know about Franco Germano. When he was just 18, Franco and his two brothers – Dominco and Pasquale – arrived in America by boat from Duronia, Italy, by way of Rome. They first went to Fairmont, West Virginia, where there grandfather worked with coal miners and eventually they ended up...

Posted: 22 days ago

This first story tells you all you need to know about Franco Germano. When he was just 18, Franco and his two brothers – Dominco and Pasquale – arrived in America by boat from Duronia, Italy, by way of Rome. They first went to Fairmont, West Virginia, where there grandfather worked with coal miners and eventually they ended up...
Archdeacon: Belyeu adds to legacy at Trotwood-Madison
 The end came with two unexpected swats. First Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Lunden McDay blocked his last shot and then, with the final buzzer, it was official. The Irish had KO’d his team’s state championship dream. Suddenly Myles Belyeu couldn’t breathe, couldn’t stand, couldn’t see through his tears....

Posted: 24 days ago

The end came with two unexpected swats. First Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Lunden McDay blocked his last shot and then, with the final buzzer, it was official. The Irish had KO’d his team’s state championship dream. Suddenly Myles Belyeu couldn’t breathe, couldn’t stand, couldn’t see through his tears....
Archdeacon: Marion Local lives out dream on big stage
 After Marion Local won the Division IV state basketball title by beating his team, 52-51, in double overtime at the Schottenstein Center on Saturday, Cornerstone Christian coach Dan Selle was right about everything … except for one thing. He said Marion Local was “not afraid of the big stage.” He said: “We just couldn&rsquo...

Posted: 25 days ago

After Marion Local won the Division IV state basketball title by beating his team, 52-51, in double overtime at the Schottenstein Center on Saturday, Cornerstone Christian coach Dan Selle was right about everything … except for one thing. He said Marion Local was “not afraid of the big stage.” He said: “We just couldn&rsquo...
Archdeacon: It’s all about family for Trotwood-Madison boys basketball team
 After the way Trotwood-Madison spent the entire game pressing, trapping and harassing Meadowbrook in the Division II state semifinal Friday at the Schottenstein Center – destroying the Colts, 88-42, in a game in which officials kept the clock running in the fourth quarter so the punishment wasn’t prolonged – you’d...

Posted: 26 days ago

After the way Trotwood-Madison spent the entire game pressing, trapping and harassing Meadowbrook in the Division II state semifinal Friday at the Schottenstein Center – destroying the Colts, 88-42, in a game in which officials kept the clock running in the fourth quarter so the punishment wasn’t prolonged – you’d...
Archdeacon: Dayton’s Grant focused on finding ‘right pieces’ after departures of five Flyers
 The University of Dayton basketball team has lost three more players, including 6-foot-10 redshirt freshmen Kostas Antetokounmpo, who has already withdrawn from school and left campus so he can pursue a pro career. Junior point guard John Crosby and 6-foot-11 freshman Jordan Pierce also requested and were granted their release from the program...

Posted: 27 days ago

The University of Dayton basketball team has lost three more players, including 6-foot-10 redshirt freshmen Kostas Antetokounmpo, who has already withdrawn from school and left campus so he can pursue a pro career. Junior point guard John Crosby and 6-foot-11 freshman Jordan Pierce also requested and were granted their release from the program...