For the second year in a row, Dayton Daily News sports columnist Tom Archdeacon has won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award as the top sports columnist in the nation. There were over 1,800 entries in the 2013 competition, which honors newspaper, television, radio, online and magazine journalists.
Archdeacon won in the largest newspaper category — circulation over 100,000 — with an entry that featured columns on: 86-year-old golfer John Lieser, “Mr. Hole-in-Wonderful,” who scored at ace at Community Golf Course while battling Alzheimer’s; Parker Bernard, the 11-year-old Bellbrook basketball player who died unexpectedly and the people who received his donated organs; the unique friendship between 3-foot-9 Tyler Heckman and UD basketball players 6-9 Devon Scott and 6-6 Dyshawn Pierre; the late Emily Fleming, the OSU Hall of Fame swimmer, trying to forge lasting memories with her young son as she fought breast cancer; and Dayton Demonz hockey player Jesse Felton and his 22 brothers and sisters from around the world, 17 who are adopted like him.
Archdeacon previously won a national SPJ award in 1989. He will be honored June 20 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.