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Archdeacon: His hometown has an infamous eerie history, but this new UD assistant coach carved his own notable path
 He’s a favorite son of Point Pleasant, W.Va. He was a basketball standout at Point Pleasant High and then had a Hall of Fame career at Pikeville College just three hours away. He’s now going into his 30th year as a college basketball coach, a career that includes a pair of national titles as an assistant at the University of Florida...

Posted: 4 days ago

He’s a favorite son of Point Pleasant, W.Va. He was a basketball standout at Point Pleasant High and then had a Hall of Fame career at Pikeville College just three hours away. He’s now going into his 30th year as a college basketball coach, a career that includes a pair of national titles as an assistant at the University of Florida...
Archdeacon: Civil unrest in Haiti alters Wright State basketball team’s humanitarian trip
 For Scott Nagy, it’s proving easier to get his Wright State basketball team into the NCAA Tournament than to get it to Haiti for an offseason, good-deeds trips. Last summer – following his first season as the Raiders head coach – Nagy planned to take the WSU team to Haiti for a week to work with people in need. He had done...

Posted: 8 days ago

For Scott Nagy, it’s proving easier to get his Wright State basketball team into the NCAA Tournament than to get it to Haiti for an offseason, good-deeds trips. Last summer – following his first season as the Raiders head coach – Nagy planned to take the WSU team to Haiti for a week to work with people in need. He had done...
Archdeacon: Trotwood native set to make long-awaited professional debut
 He went to Las Vegas five years ago to make a name for himself in the boxing world and now he says: “I’m a regular rock star!” Unfortunately – at least when it comes to his recent fight resume – Daquan Mays was talking about his life outside the ring. “Besides boxing, my life is wild,” the Trotwood...

Posted: 26 days ago

He went to Las Vegas five years ago to make a name for himself in the boxing world and now he says: “I’m a regular rock star!” Unfortunately – at least when it comes to his recent fight resume – Daquan Mays was talking about his life outside the ring. “Besides boxing, my life is wild,” the Trotwood...
Archdeacon: This area coach will soon run his 65th marathon in his 50th state. These are his amazing stories.
 He was attacked by birds, dodged a cattle stampede and jumped over a rattlesnake while running a marathon in the Ruby Mountains outside Elko, Nev. In Anchorage, Alaska he ran up on a herd of elk that got stymied by a fence when the runners came their way. He was left awed — “a heartfelt moment” he called it — the morning...

2:55 PM Saturday, Jun. 16, 2018

He was attacked by birds, dodged a cattle stampede and jumped over a rattlesnake while running a marathon in the Ruby Mountains outside Elko, Nev. In Anchorage, Alaska he ran up on a herd of elk that got stymied by a fence when the runners came their way. He was left awed — “a heartfelt moment” he called it — the morning...
Archdeacon: ‘Billy Buckets’ eager to make name for himself at Wright State
 This could be the season of full return for Wright State’s Bill Wampler. First his game. Then his name: “Billy Buckets.” That’s the tag the coach at Drake gave the 6-foot-6 Wampler when he played for the Bulldogs two years ago and had a span of seven games where he averaged 19.6 points per game. “It was after...

7:34 PM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

This could be the season of full return for Wright State’s Bill Wampler. First his game. Then his name: “Billy Buckets.” That’s the tag the coach at Drake gave the 6-foot-6 Wampler when he played for the Bulldogs two years ago and had a span of seven games where he averaged 19.6 points per game. “It was after...
Archdeacon: Redshirt freshman Toppin eager to make Dayton debut
 Obadiah “Obi” Toppin leaned forward, wearing a T-shirt with DAYTON across the front, red UD shorts and what is becoming his trademark, effervescent smile, and said with self-deprecating delight: “Here’s a funny story. “When I was getting on the plane to come out here, the board said Dayton, Ohio. I thought I...

8:06 PM Sunday, Jun. 10, 2018

Obadiah “Obi” Toppin leaned forward, wearing a T-shirt with DAYTON across the front, red UD shorts and what is becoming his trademark, effervescent smile, and said with self-deprecating delight: “Here’s a funny story. “When I was getting on the plane to come out here, the board said Dayton, Ohio. I thought I...
Archdeacon: They called him a scab. Now, 30 years later, this Dayton native will be getting a Super Bowl ring.
 While there is still debate over the chicken and the egg, Derek Bunch has no question on what came first – the eggs or the diamonds. Bunch – once an all-city football and basketball player at Meadowdale High School and then a linebacker of note at Michigan State – remembers those early October days in 1987 when he and his...

3:05 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

While there is still debate over the chicken and the egg, Derek Bunch has no question on what came first – the eggs or the diamonds. Bunch – once an all-city football and basketball player at Meadowdale High School and then a linebacker of note at Michigan State – remembers those early October days in 1987 when he and his...
Archdeacon: Comic-book loving transfer eager to create own story at UD
 When it comes to Julia Chandler, the Dayton Flyers can only hope life imitates art. By her own admission, Chandler is “obsessed” with DC Comics and the DC Universe. It began, she said, when she was just a kid growing up in Toronto: “My brother Richard is six years older and he was like the coolest person to me. He was into...

8:03 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

When it comes to Julia Chandler, the Dayton Flyers can only hope life imitates art. By her own admission, Chandler is “obsessed” with DC Comics and the DC Universe. It began, she said, when she was just a kid growing up in Toronto: “My brother Richard is six years older and he was like the coolest person to me. He was into...
Archdeacon: Wright State pitcher copes with loss of both parents
 Back in Illinois for the final days of Wright State’s Christmas break five months ago, Ryan Weiss was out with friends one night when he decided to contact his mom. “We were supposed to have family day the next day and I texted her to find out what time it would start,” he remembered. “It was about 11:30 and I didn&rsquo...

6:51 PM Wednesday, May. 30, 2018

Back in Illinois for the final days of Wright State’s Christmas break five months ago, Ryan Weiss was out with friends one night when he decided to contact his mom. “We were supposed to have family day the next day and I texted her to find out what time it would start,” he remembered. “It was about 11:30 and I didn&rsquo...
Archdeacon: How Bibe Seko overcame an African refugee camp to play for one of Dayton’s most inspiring sports teams
 He was starring in his own movie now, and it was even better than those wild, bigger-than-life adventures that had introduced him to America when he was growing up in a poor and crowded refugee enclave in northern Mozambique. His family had fled the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and eventually ended up in the massive Maratane...

2:37 PM Saturday, May. 26, 2018

He was starring in his own movie now, and it was even better than those wild, bigger-than-life adventures that had introduced him to America when he was growing up in a poor and crowded refugee enclave in northern Mozambique. His family had fled the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and eventually ended up in the massive Maratane...
Archdeacon: Ace right-hander leads Sinclair into NJCAA World Series
 Because Kyle Ruehlman is a fast learner, Sinclair’s baseball team opens play Saturday night in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II College World Series against tournament host Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Oklahoma. When he pitched at Milford High School outside Cincinnati, the 6-foot-5 right-hander said...

2:26 PM Friday, May. 25, 2018

Because Kyle Ruehlman is a fast learner, Sinclair’s baseball team opens play Saturday night in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II College World Series against tournament host Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Oklahoma. When he pitched at Milford High School outside Cincinnati, the 6-foot-5 right-hander said...
Archdeacon: Kelsi Hoops — A champion like no other
 As love lessons go, the boy shot Cupid’s arrow straight into his own foot. “A couple of years ago my boyfriend at the time told me I wasn’t making enough time for him,” Kelsi Hoops said with a faint smile and a definite shrug as she took a break during a workout at Pacifico Power on Wednesday evening. “He said...

8:06 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

As love lessons go, the boy shot Cupid’s arrow straight into his own foot. “A couple of years ago my boyfriend at the time told me I wasn’t making enough time for him,” Kelsi Hoops said with a faint smile and a definite shrug as she took a break during a workout at Pacifico Power on Wednesday evening. “He said...
Archdeacon: A spring tradition -- Sinclair baseball one of nation’s best
 As the Sinclair Community College baseball team meets Macomb Community College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XII Tournament at Cedar Point’s Sports Force Park in Sandusky on Wednesday morning, here are a few of the Tartan Pride’s numbers that stand out: • They are 40-8 this season and while that’s impressive...

8:02 PM Tuesday, May. 15, 2018

As the Sinclair Community College baseball team meets Macomb Community College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XII Tournament at Cedar Point’s Sports Force Park in Sandusky on Wednesday morning, here are a few of the Tartan Pride’s numbers that stand out: • They are 40-8 this season and while that’s impressive...
Archdeacon: A mother’s love — ‘We just kept on moving forward’
 It was the family’s first trip to Myrtle Beach – a get-away everyone had long anticipated – and they left around midnight so they could get to South Carolina by late morning. But 4 ½ hours later – driving through the darkness on the West Virginia Turnpike outside Beckley – Damien Paul was at the wheel...

9:00 AM Sunday, May. 13, 2018

It was the family’s first trip to Myrtle Beach – a get-away everyone had long anticipated – and they left around midnight so they could get to South Carolina by late morning. But 4 ½ hours later – driving through the darkness on the West Virginia Turnpike outside Beckley – Damien Paul was at the wheel...
Archdeacon: ‘The Running Guy’ is gobbling up wins (and cereal) at Central State
 He was just new to the Central State University – and the United States – and he was facing his first dilemma. To solve it, he relied on an old standby solution: He ran. Emmanuel Birgen had just arrived on the campus in rural Greene County from a small village in Kenya a few days earlier. He was a distance runner and would be...

12:00 AM Saturday, May. 05, 2018

He was just new to the Central State University – and the United States – and he was facing his first dilemma. To solve it, he relied on an old standby solution: He ran. Emmanuel Birgen had just arrived on the campus in rural Greene County from a small village in Kenya a few days earlier. He was a distance runner and would be...
Archdeacon: Flyer football players provide help to Dayton neighborhood in need
 For Annette Gibson-Strong, “The Color Purple” isn’t just a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and a popular film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It was also the shade of a fresh coat of paint Saturday – thanks to several volunteers who worked on her Hopeland Street home, especially the University...

8:12 PM Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018

For Annette Gibson-Strong, “The Color Purple” isn’t just a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and a popular film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It was also the shade of a fresh coat of paint Saturday – thanks to several volunteers who worked on her Hopeland Street home, especially the University...
Archdeacon: ‘The Champion Rests’ and another doesn’t
 As I stood beneath an old forked maple tree in the Forest Hill Cemetery one rainy evening this past week and looked down on the mostly forgotten grave of Luther McCarty – nationally celebrated as the so-called “White Heavyweight Champion of the World” until he died in the ring in Calgary, Canada in May of 1913 – I...

3:42 AM Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018

As I stood beneath an old forked maple tree in the Forest Hill Cemetery one rainy evening this past week and looked down on the mostly forgotten grave of Luther McCarty – nationally celebrated as the so-called “White Heavyweight Champion of the World” until he died in the ring in Calgary, Canada in May of 1913 – I...
Archdeacon: Dayton native, former NFL player McKinney joins Central State staff
 Central State had an opening on its football staff and six days ago Brandon McKinney filled it. Oh has he ever filled it! And that’s not just referring to his massive presence on the sideline at McPherson Stadium on Saturday for CSU’s annual spring scrimmage. There’s more to him than just those 300-plus pounds that were...

5:00 PM Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018

Central State had an opening on its football staff and six days ago Brandon McKinney filled it. Oh has he ever filled it! And that’s not just referring to his massive presence on the sideline at McPherson Stadium on Saturday for CSU’s annual spring scrimmage. There’s more to him than just those 300-plus pounds that were...
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