Kellie Goodman

’Tis the season for winter sports …

With temperatures dropping and snow starting to swirl, high school sports head indoors for the winter season; that means holiday tip-off tournaments, wrestle-offs for starting positions and tons of excitement packed into small spaces in gyms throughout Central Pennsylvania. I love all of the ...

Some soundtracks fit perfectly with sports

As holiday music streams through the car radio, the stores, and even the computer, putting us into the spirit of the season, I can’t help but wonder — what would life, and in particular — athletics — be without it? Music infiltrates every aspect of our lives. How often do we find ...

Sports gives us things to be thankful for

Some general observations while still looking for ways to use turkey-day leftovers: n In this region, Thanksgiving and deer season go hand-in-hand, as the holiday kicks off a weekend of sighting in guns, pulling hunting clothes out of the closet, and packing up for long days in the woods and ...

Olympic curling on the horizon

When the hours of daylight grow shorter and the nights seem infinitely longer, it’s clear that winter is on its way. I’m not usually one who looks forward to the colder temperatures and earlier sunsets, but every four years is another matter entirely. I love the Winter Olympics, with its ...

Rec Hall electric for volleyball

The news came on Monday: the Penn State women’s volleyball team is once again the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, their fifth week at the top spot; but this time around, the ranking is unanimous. For the Nittany Lions, the designation is just another footnote in a long and storied legacy ...

NASCAR’s drivers looking to survive

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup teams are just two weekends away from the off-season and the crowning of the 2017 champion. Kevin Harvick’s win at Texas this past weekend punched his ticket to Homestead’s Championship Four, joining points leader Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch. The final spot ...

Sports, Halloween together for one night

Commentary Halloween is one of those holidays that infiltrates every corner of pop culture, including sports. Bats, ghosts and jack-o-lanterns embellished the M&M’s theme on Kyle Busch’s Halloween paint scheme for the NASCAR race at Kansas earlier this month. (Collectors-edition ...

Observations from fading fall season

Some random thoughts while wishing the fall sports season didn’t fly by so fast… n The Penn State women’s soccer team held its senior day festivities over the weekend, an appropriate time to look back at the accomplishments of the graduating class. They brought home the program’s ...

Martz shines on both soccer, football fields

Dedicated. Hard-working. Trailblazer. These are just a few of the words used to describe Bedford Area High School senior Emily Martz. Last year, she was part of the Bisons’ first-ever district champion girls’ soccer team. This year, she set her sights on kicking footballs. “It was ...

Lesson learned from Newton ordeal

NFL quarterback Cam Newton got a wake-up call this past week after comments he made toward a female reporter during a news conference. Newton chuckled at the reporter’s question about his receivers’ routes, saying: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.” I’m sure many ...

Celebrating the simple fact there’s no place like home

Commentary This is the time of year when high schools and colleges celebrate homecoming: the chance to return to your alma mater and remember days gone by. It’s a time for football games and floats, pep rallies and party dresses, teammates and traditions. At many high schools, ceremonies ...

Sports becoming political

Some general observations while growing sadder by the day at the interjection of politics and protests into our favorite pastimes: While much of the nation was focused on the NFL on Sunday, and with it, the swirling of politically-charged tweets, high-profile-albeit-peaceful protests, and ...

Lady Lions planning LeadHERship Academy

Of all the skills and values taught through athletics, perhaps one of the most significant is that of leadership. While team sports extol the importance of each team member knowing their role, working together, and putting the greater good above oneself, all teams also need leaders. ...

Sports help in times of trouble

Commentary There are times when talking about sports seems very small compared to the overwhelming things going on in the world. Over the last few weeks, millions of Americans have been impacted by devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Lives and livelihoods, homes and so much more ...

Several things observed on Labor Day

Some general observations while bidding an unofficial farewell to summer… For many, Labor Day offers a final chance for camping and cookouts as the school year and fall sports kick into high gear. It’s the last weekend before NFL games start to count, and the height of the US Open Tennis ...

Fishertown’s Godissart paves way for women officials

Friday nights are special for Annette Godissart of Fishertown. Each week, she makes her way to a high school football field, not to watch from the bleachers or work the concession stand, but to put on her black and white uniform and referee the game. “I love football … it’s just a ...

Sportsmanship reminders from the Little Leaguers

This year’s Little League World Series in Williamsport had an extremely cool added twist: a Major League baseball game for the tournament teams and lots of time with some of their big league idols from the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. The youth tournament is one of the most ...

Larson gives glimpse of NASCAR future

Just last week, former NASCAR Cup champion Kevin Harvick speculated that stock car racing’s failure to draw more fans in recent years was due in part to the fact that the “sport’s most popular driver is not their most successful driver.” While Dale Earnhardt Jr. reportedly called ...

Outdoors recreation for the birds

Famous aviator, Charles Lindberg said, “I’d rather have birds than airplanes.” Their sound greets us every morning and lulls us to sleep every night: the chirping, cooing and whip-poor-willing of the winged population that lives around our wooded home. If we step out onto our deck ...

August brings anticipation in the air

Some summertime sports observations, while wondering how August came upon us so fast… While we don’t want to wish away these beautiful summertime days, fall and football is fast approaching. As soon as July 4 is over, stores are brimming with back-to-school displays and the new styles of ...