Kellie Goodman

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 ...

Sports needs infusion of Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell is known world-wide as the brutally-honest and ultra-critical judge from realty television.On shows like "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent," his highly-anticipated comments can make or break most auditions. The participants and the audience know that Cowell doesn't pull ...

Pressure incredible in CWS softball

If you were watching the final game of the College Softball World Series last week, you saw a young woman named Courtney Shay compete in one of the most stress-filled scenarios in all of sports.The Auburn pinch-hitter, a sophomore, came to the plate in visiting-Auburn's final at-bat in the ...

A very special spectacle of sport

There's an event that takes place each year in Happy Valley that brings thousands of athletes, friends and fans together for an inspiring spectacle of sport. It's not a football game, although Penn State football players and other Nittany Lion student-athletes do participate. There's a heavy ...

Athletes eyed by military

Memorial Day festivities throughout the region this weekend served as a reminder of the service and sacrifice that so many American families have provided in the pursuit of freedom and peace.As American Armed Forces seek out new recruits, it's not surprising that they would look toward the ...

Brazil, Olympic Games are raising concerns

As athletes from around the world continue to train and plan for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, it seems like one obstacle after another surfaces, making some wonder if the games will be a success, or even take place on time.Political instability, economic struggles, and even the ...

PSU softball experiencing glory days

Saddle up to a Central Pennsylvania bar and you'll probably find someone talking about the "Glory Days" looking back at their time playing high school sports or college athletics. But speaking for the middle-aged college softball players of the world, we know the glory days are now.I had the ...

NFL teams seek more than talent

Pro football fans have likely spent a good portion of the last week watching updates of the NFL draft.The images each year are often the same as a team's first-round pick is announced, the coverage cuts to a banquet room or living room where the young man, usually surrounded by family and ...

Steelers WR dazzles on DWTS

It's the 22nd season of Dancing with the Stars, and the popular ballroom dance reality show is giving Steeler fans a great reason to tune in on Monday nights, even if it's not for football.This season's cast of competitors includes Steeler superstar Antonio Brown, trying to follow in the ...

The business of lighting athletic fields

Any athlete will tell you, there's something special about playing under the lights. Whether it's a summer evening Little League game or a Friday night high school football clash, when the lights go on over an athletic field, they bring a little spark of magic.I&Y Construction in New ...

Softball starts conference play strong

After a long stretch of southern and western series chasing warmer weather, the area's Division I college softball teams are enjoying some home cooking and starting strong against conference competition.Penn State has opened Big Ten play with back-to-back sweeps over Rutgers and Michigan State. ...

Lumberjack pursues excellence

Zachary Brouse grew up like many American boys, playing football and baseball; he even spent a season on the college diamond.But today, the 26-year old graduate of Bedford Area High School and Allegany College of Maryland competes in the generations-old timber sports."Baseball was the reason I ...

NASCAR thoughts so far this year

Daytona seems far away in the rear-view mirror for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.The new season is just over a month old as drivers and teams crisscross America to warm-weather tracks, getting up to speed in a hurry as the 2016 season is now in full swing.The first five races have produced four ...

Spring sports season actually feels like it

It has truly felt like springtime for local sports teams, who officially opened spring practice last week.For the first time in several years, the initial days of practice were not simply tolerable, or even mildly acceptable, but downright beautiful.Many baseball and softball programs have ...

High school wrestling has its place in history

Pennsylvania has been the site of some of the most significant events in US history.From the Second Continental Congress, which delivered the Declaration of Independence, kindling the Revolutionary War, to the battle which turned the tide in the Civil?War between the states, the Commonwealth's ...

Goodman-Shaffer: Spring brings baseball, NASCAR fun

Some general observations while anxiously awaiting the groundhog-promised early spring:It's one of the greatest exclamations in all of sports, right up there with "and down the stretch they come" and "Gentlemen, start your engines."The call of "Play ball!" is opening preseason baseball games at ...