Kellie Goodman

Back to school: Activities help celebrate our communities

The yellow buses that have been slumbering all summer will roar back to life this week, and quiet classrooms will echo with voices once again as students go back to school. And as the school bells ring, entire towns will come together as well. Schools provide the populations they serve with ...

Success lessons from American Ninja Warrior

My summertime fascination is once again American Ninja Warrior. I thoroughly enjoy tuning in each week to watch people of all ages and backgrounds attempt to conquer the crazy obstacle course that demands balance, grip, strength and stamina. This competition has attracted elite athletes from ...

Cycling community strong in Central Pennsylvania

Whether your preferred bike ride features 20 miles, 40 or more, summertime in Central Pennsylvania offers lots of opportunities to compete, recreate or relax. This weekend marks the 24th annual Bicycle Ride for Multiple Sclerosis. The Glimcher Keystone Country Ride has become a Central Pa. ...

US women celebrating on top stage

I vividly remember falling in love with women’s soccer. It was exactly twenty years ago when the USA women, led by the likes of Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain captured the Women’s World Cup in a history-making moment for women’s athletics. The largest audience ever tuned in ...

Memories of Father’s Day and fishing

This weekend, many celebrated Father’s Day. The holiday is full of memories and traditions, including Jim Lane’s beautiful tribute column to his dad that is printed in the Mirror each year. For some families, Father’s Day means a day at the ballpark; for others, it’s a backyard ...

End of school year observations abound

The region’s final graduation ceremonies are taking place this week, with all of the pomp and pageantry, tears and cheers we’ve come to expect from the traditional, transitional ceremonies. Called “Commencement,” for many high schools and colleges, meaning “a beginning or start,” ...

Reflections on PSU’s graduation

I had the honor of attending a Penn State University graduation over the weekend. The Bryce Jordan Center floor, where we’ve watched so many basketball games was transformed into a pseudo-ceremonial auditorium. Hundreds of blue and white seats faced the dais, decorated with what looked ...

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 ...