Kellie Goodman

Penn State packs a perfect punch with its B-W weekend

Some general observations while enjoying the springtime weather and the springtime sports. n Could Penn State pack any more into the Blue-White weekend? The spring football scrimmage highlights what has become over the last two decades a showcase for all things sports and all things Nittany ...

McHugh, teammates celebrate title

With much of the country focused on basketball’s March Madness, and much of our region avidly following the Nittany Lion Wrestling team’s dynastic eighth national title in nine years, Penn State swimmer Ally McHugh quietly made program history, capturing the women’s swimming and diving ...

Celebrating chances to ‘Dream Crazier’

It was one of the most talked-about commercials to air during the Academy Awards broadcast: Serena Williams narrating Nike’s “Dream Crazier” message featuring women in sports. The commercial opened with the tennis legend describing common labels about women: emotional, dramatic, ...

Boys of summer start in the spring

They are four of the most anticipated words in sports: pitchers and catchers report. Four months after the World Series, baseball’s best are back at it, reporting for spring training at warm weather venues, and pre-season play in leagues that even sound sunny: cactus and grapefruit. These ...

Super and not-so-super observations

Some general observations from the biggest football game of the year, which was far less interesting than many of the commercials: n Overnight television ratings for Super Bowl LIII came in as the lowest in a decade (when the Steelers defeated Arizona in 2009.) Some pundits attribute the ...

Gearing up as NASCAR season looms

It’s hard to believe that the Daytona 500 is less than a month away. It seems like just yesterday Joey Logano was celebrating his unlikely Homestead victory and Monster Energy Cup Championship. Now in the heart of winter, it’s kind of nice to think about the teams’ return to Florida for ...

Mental toughness key in sports

Mental toughness is a key to success. A combination of will power, focus, persistence and strength, it’s often the difference between good and great, winning and losing. Just ask an NFL place kicker. The Bears’ Cody Parkey was dubbed the most hated man in Chicago last week when he ...

LeBron sets important example

A video made its way around YouTube and various media outlets in recent weeks of a young basketball player getting a pep talk from his Dad after a game. The 11-year-old (named Bryce) looked dejected, presumably disappointed for not scoring more points or making more shots in his youth ...

An ode to the elves of local sports

This year’s poem is a shout-out to those who make high school sports happen ‘Twas some time before tip-off, and all through the land, Many creatures were stirring, and lending a hand. With uniforms hung in the lockers with care, They knew student-athletes soon would be there. The ...

Presidential connections in sports

News of the passing of George H.W. Bush at the age of 94 has filled the newspapers and airwaves in recent days, with political pundits and world leaders remembering the 41stPresident of the United States for his admirable character and incredible accomplishments throughout a lifetime of ...

Bisons girls soccer has come a long way since 1990

When the Bedford girls’ soccer team captured the state championship in Hershey Saturday, they made history: the first team in the county to bring home a PIAA title. The epic accomplishment was deserving of an epic celebration: one that spanned not only miles, but also decades. Back on ...

Tributes to fallen highlight fall season

As the vibrant October foliage hangs around into November, the World Series champions have been crowned, the clocks have been turned back, and fall sports kick into playoff mode. While Friday night lights still shine on the high school football postseason, the Penn State women’s soccer ...

Connecting through soccer, art

At first glance her jobs may seem vastly different: Pam Snyder Etters is head coach of the Penn State Altoona women’s soccer team and the executive director of the Altoona Symphony. She’s also the team leader and lead artist for “Murals Talk,” an initiative designed to foster ...

Cleaning up Beaver Stadium more than just a job

They call it the greatest show in college football for a reason: it’s awesome. A record crowd of more than 110,000 white-wearing fans singing, cheering and chanting in unison for the Penn State-Ohio State showdown Saturday night: fireworks blasting, band playing and stadium rocking for the ...

Observations on another rainy day

Weather is not a factor at Penn State’s Rec Hall, unless you count the rainstorm of women’s volleyball wins for as long as most of us can remember. Legendary head coach Russ Rose is well into his 40th season at the helm of the Nittany Lion program. He has taken his team, currently ranked ...

Penn State women’s soccer celebrates 25th season

Looking back at 1994, Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Lion King were big at the box office; computer zip drives and the George Foreman grill were new inventions on the market; a gallon of gasoline cost just $1.11, and the Penn State varsity women’s soccer team took the field for the first ...

By the numbers: NASCAR heads toward playoffs

With summer quickly winding down, NASCAR’S Monster Energy Cup Series is gearing up for what could be an exciting post-season. The only question will be — will anyone care? Two regular-season races remain with Kevin Harvick leading the playoff standings as one of a dozen teams whose spot ...

Time for us to go back to school

It seems like fall comes a little earlier every year. Even as summer feels far from over, students throughout the region are getting ready to go back to the classroom: school supplies abundantly line the shelves of department stores, seasonal harvest spice cookies temptingly grace the bakery ...

School bands important

They’re gathering on fields across central Pennsylvania and across America. A whistle blows. Students absorbing instructions and getting into formation: reviewing play books, performing drills, working toward perfection. Specific movements are repeated many times over in a quest for ...

Rene Portland raised bar for Penn State

Rene Portland was laid to rest on Monday. The former Penn State women’s basketball coach passed away July 22 after a three-year battle with cancer. She is survived by a large, loving family and a legion of Lady Lions who played for her. The basketball career of the Philadelphia-area ...