Kellie Goodman

Olympic gymnasts calling for change

We’ve been reading reports for years about the impact of sports on self-esteem, especially for girls. Participation in athletics has been shown to improve confidence, strength and the ability to overcome obstacles. Knowing the positive impact sports can and should have on young people ...

January is filled with both honors and observations

Some January honors and observations while still mourning the end of the Steelers’ football season, as well as the end of the McCutchen baseball era in Pittsburgh. n Penn State’s athletics program is among the best in the nation, according to the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings at ...

Olympics flame the fire of peace

The Winter Olympic Games are growing closer by the day, and with them, the ongoing hope for peace through sport. Every two years the world pauses, taking a break from political grandstanding and chest-pounding for a few weeks of friendly contests in the arenas of summer or wintertime athletics. ...

First Day Hikes set tone for parks

The New Year rang its way in with unseasonably cold weather, but that did not stop Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation Friends Groups from celebrating 2018 with a series of First Day Hikes. At Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, the PPFF 2017 Park of the Year, dozens of people of all ...

Truex family celebrates through adversity

Some general holiday/sports observations after spending much of Christmas Day helping my husband assemble our nephew’s Lego superhero car comprised of more than 150 pieces: I think we’ll probably consider a football or basketball next year. Grateful for those who work on the holiday ...

Holiday ode to the Steelers

With inspiration from Clement C. Moore, here is the ode. ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through Heinz Field, Not a creature was stirring, after a Patriots’ steal. The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care, In hopes that a championship still would be theirs. The ...

’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 ...