Kellie Goodman

Goodman Shaffer: Women’s sports keeping Valley happy

Penn State has given football fans plenty to celebrate in recent weeks with whiteout wins over conference rivals Ohio State and Iowa, but the Nittany Lions are tearing up more than the gridiron this fall. PSU faithful have the opportunity to see multiple Penn State champions open regional ...

NASCAR getting ready for its final laps

Commentary NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship is down to just three races, with three spots in the final four still up for grabs at Texas and Phoenix before the series rolls into Homestead, Florida for the championship race. That’s after Jimmy Johnson clinched the first spot in the ...

October keeps us on edge with different surprises

COMMENTARY'   In politics, an “October Surprise” is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a revelation disclosed in the month prior to an election, often orchestrated in the hopes of dramatically influencing the result.” And we’ve had to watch plenty of them during ...

Walking, running and sporting to find cure for breast cancer

It seems like every year I write a column about sports and breast cancer during the month of October, which, as we all know, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.I've written about the local Making Strides walks that have been so successful in raising funds and awareness in our region, both in ...

Homecoming a reminder of our past

October is the traditional month for high school homecoming celebrations, with all of the related ritual and royalty.Homecoming football weekends offer a slice of Americana: alumni bands and balloons, pep rallies and parades, corsages and the crowning of the queen.These customs are part of who ...

State recognizes Bedford County girl

Christa Mereen has a smile that can light up a room; it also can (and does) light up a gymnasium, sandlot, track, and bowling alley.Everyone who knows the 29-year old Bedford woman is well-aware of her unfailing love-of and enthusiastic participation-in Special Olympics; and it appears the ...

Observing sports world in September

Some September observations while trying to avoid the constant barrage of political advertising:n This has been a tough year for American sport. In 2016, we've lost boxing's best, Muhammad Ali; women's basketball trailblazer Pat Summit; and now golf great Arnold Palmer.Tributes to golf's "King" ...

Warriors exist in area concession stands

Standing in the checkout line at Sam's Club recently, shortly before closing time, I looked around the busy store and saw aisles bustling with shoppers. Many emitted that wonderful "Mom" vibe, carts piled high with every kid-friendly food you could imagine.As I stood there waiting, I wondered ...

Football feeds off pop culture appeal

While high school football kicked off a few weeks ago, along with the college campaigns, the NFL kept fans waiting a little longer. And while the nation counted down to the pros' opening weekend, we were bombarded with multi-media football messaging.For all of the troubles the league has dealt ...

Thinking about Junior, the Chase and NASCAR’s future

Some NASCAR observations as summer unofficially ends and football officially takes over the television dials:n As of Sunday, Sept. 4, voting is open for the National Motorsports Press Association Sprint Most Popular Driver Award. For the last 13 years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has taken the title, ...

Mo Valley graduate makes history in Wyalusing

There's nothing quite like opening night of high school football in Pennsylvania.After months of waiting, planning and practicing, teams throughout the Commonwealth charged onto the field, all with the same record and all with the same dream, facing their first true test of the season ... and ...

School brings all types of students together

Backpack, check. Notebooks, check. Pens, pencils and thumb drives ... check. Grabbing new jeans from their dresser drawers and new sneakers from their closet floors, thousands of students will be heading back to school over the next week, ready for a fresh start and a new year.And while many ...

Olympics is the mother of all sports

Proctor & Gamble creates a series of commercials for each Olympic Games with the theme, "Thank You, Mom."The ads are usually tear-jerkers, showing successful athletes embracing their biggest fans, their mothers.The Rio incarnation of the ad campaign portrays a sequence of stressful ...

Catching the Olympic spirit again

I love the Olympics.During the Winter Games, I'll watch curling into the wee hours of the morning, marvel at the amazing ski jumpers and root for Team USA from ice dancing to ice hockey.But the Summer Games are even more of a treat: super-sized and sunny, and teeming with goodwill, peace and ...

Everett grad excited about Olympics

The Summer Olympics in Rio begin this week, and Natalie Dell O'Brien will undoubtedly be watching.The Everett Area High School and Penn State University graduate was part of Team USA's history-making quad sculls rowing team that captured the program's first medal - a bronze - in London in ...

NASCAR legends heading to Pennsylvania

NASCAR's Cup Series has certainly had its fights and feuds over the years, and more than a few of them have included the likes of Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.The soon-to-retire three-time-champion, Stewart, and recently-retired four-time champion, Gordon, will roll into the Poconos this ...

MS cyclists providing inspiration

Driving throughout the region over the last few weeks, I couldn't help but notice the larger-than-usual number of cyclists pedaling along the Central Pennsylvania roadways.They stand out with their colorful jerseys and determined gazes, most impressively when a significant hill lies in front of ...

NASCAR, Pokemon & the YMCA

Some general observations while noting how quickly summer slips by after the Fourth of July.n The NASCAR season has hit the half-way mark after this weekend's stop in Kentucky.The state more known for another kind of horse power rolls out the red carpet for the Sprint Cup series just once a ...

Plan being put together for regional race museum

Eric Zembower is a storyteller. His favorite stories to tell are about people, places and races. The Bedford Speedway driver and auto racing historian is leading a small but mighty group, working toward telling the story of regional racing.His committee of race-lovers ...

Those close to Summitt preparing for end

Reports out of Tennessee indicate that family and friends are preparing to say goodbye to basketball coaching legend, Pat Summitt, who has battled early-onset Alzheimer's disease since 2011.When she retired at the age of 59, a year after her diagnosis, the Hall of Fame Coach said there wouldn't ...