Kellie Goodman

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 ...

PSU backers: Pitt fans are people, too

Some of the best people I know are Pitt fans. I say that somewhat reluctantly, because growing up in a Penn State household, those words would have been almost sacrilegious. You know the old line: “I’m for Penn State and whoever is playing Pitt this week.” We’d say that pretty ...

Exercise and charity: a win-win combination

Some general observations while enjoying a summer of recreation and charity, which seem to go hand in hand, now even more than ever. I remember as a kid in elementary school, collecting pledges for CROP walks: church-related walk-a-thons to benefit the hungry. We’d collect a few cents per ...

Coaching a millennial mentality

Commentary Anyone in a managerial role in today’s business climate knows the challenges related to and benefits of hiring millennials. The Pew Research Center defines millennials as the first generation to come of age in the new millennium, those generally born after 1980, now in their ...

Tracing Steelers’ winning culture

In Steelers country, and around the world, the name “Rooney” stands for something: excellence, integrity, vision, winning. The family is one of the most respected in all of sports, known for big-picture thinking, strong values and a culture of excellence, all of which have contributed ...

Nothing like baseball on the Fourth

Commentary Happy Fourth of July! This national holiday is a chance for America to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and gives many of us a day away from work to enjoy all that summer has to offer: picnics, family, fireworks, and of course ... sports. Baseball and the ...

Jr., NASCAR prepare for next chapter

NASCAR’s Monster Energy Series barrels toward the playoffs with just 10 races to go until the Championship Chase. But as each week flies by, we draw closer to the end of the era with Dale Earnhardt Jr as a full-time competitor. Earnhardt announced the decision in April, saying he was ...

Community deserves to celebrate

Summertime in Martinsburg looks a lot like the movie “The Sand Lot,” set in 1962, when boys played baseball every night until the street lights came on. With tree-lined avenues, meticulously manicured lawns, and beautiful community pool, you could almost see Smalls, Squints, Bennie the ...

‘American Ninja Warrior’ creates community feel

With summer unofficially underway, I find myself looking forward to one of my guilty pleasures: “American Ninja Warrior.” The popular NBC show features a series of crazy obstacles, laid out in a sort of a modern-day medieval gauntlet, testing participants’ balance, strength, grip and ...