Kellie Goodman

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 ...

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 ...