Kellie Goodman

Goodman Shaffer: Celebrating 2015 … and the 1970s

Some general observations while preparing to say good-bye to another yearThe old became new again in 2015, from recycled fashions to new chapters of franchise films from my generation's childhood: "Star Wars" and "Rocky."Both of these iconic cinematic series, which debuted in the 1970's have ...

Tech the halls with fitness gifts and gadgets

It looks like those dreaming of a white Christmas, at least in central Pennsylvania, will be disappointed this year. After the last two brutal winters, highlighted by the polar vortex, the mild temperatures are welcomed by some, but the conditions have made for a lackluster deer season for ...

Winter sports must bring out good sports

It may feel like baseball season outside, but 'tis the season for winter sports.Tip-off events and holiday tournaments are popping up around the region.And while we hear many messages this time of year concerning peace on earth, goodwill toward men, those sentiments seem quickly lost when we ...

Lady Lions’ ‘Rocky’ wins on field, off

The College Cup was nothing new for the Penn State women's soccer program. The Nittany Lions have made five trips to soccer's version of the NCAA Final Four, but this time, they came home as National Champions.The final was thrilling, airing live Sunday on ESPN during what is usually NFL ...

A Pre-Holiday Ode to the Scarlet Dragons of Central

This year's holiday poem is a shout-out to the school-history-making Central football team'Twas some time before Christmas, and all through the Cove,The season unfolded like a great treasure trove,Now jerseys were hung in the lockers with care,In hopes that sweet trip to Hershey'd be theirs.No ...

Giving thanks for leadership

In this week of Thanksgiving, we should pause amidst the holiday hustle and bustle to be mindful of those things for which we should be truly grateful: Things like family, health, friends, home, faith and the experiences of life which define us.In sports, and in life, we should be particularly ...

Everett student has big dreams

While many high school seniors are trying to decide what to do after graduation, Everett three-sport athlete Eli Brambley has his future pretty well mapped out: Brambley has wanted to serve in the military for as long as he can remember, but locked in on the Navy in 2011, following the death ...

Fall sports coming to a close

Some general observations as fall sports are quickly coming to a close ... it seems like just yesterday school was opening ... we blink and it's November.It hardly seemed like football season on a relatively balmy Friday night, as the gridiron guys joined a host of other fall sports closing out ...

Goodman Shaffer: Gordon could go out on top as end nears

As NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series barrels down the home stretch and closer to crowning its 2015 champion, Jeff Gordon is making it very clear that he is not going out ... of the season, or his career ... without a pretty valiant fight.Gordon became the first driver to qualify for the "final four" ...

Goodman Shaffer: Bedford’s fall sports teams are simply spectacular

In a community steeped in history, Bedford High School stands as more than an educational institution. The 1931 brick building, renovated in the mid-1990's is reminiscent of Rydell High from the movie Grease.With its towering columns and vintage bell tower, you can almost see Sandy in her ...

Goodman Shaffer: Ertter goes ‘above and beyond’ at Bishop Carroll

Consistent, loyal, dedicated Leader, scholar, role model All words that Bishop Carroll volleyball coach Joe Skura uses to describe senior outside hitter Kayce Ertter."She is one of those student-athletes you just want on your team as a coach," Skura said, "and you want her on your side as ...

Observing sports in October

Some general observations during my favorite month of the year:October is the pinnacle of Pennsylvania beauty, from the vibrant fall foliage to the never-ending pumpkins and mums decorating storefronts and front porches; the crisp air finally making it feel like football season, as the Friday ...

Altoona grad on record-setting Gannon team

Lindsey Green still has a lot of maroon in her closet.That's because the former Altoona Lady Mountain Lion soccer stand-out didn't have to trade in her high school colors when she continued her education and her athletic career at Gannon University in Erie in 2012."Coming in as a freshman, I ...

Observations from around sports world

Some general observations while finding it hard to believe that we're a month through football season alreadyn Philadelphia notoriously produces some of the toughest sports fans in the country, and possibly the world. So much so, that an ad hoc "Eagles Court" was established years ago with a ...

Remembering football fun at Penn State, student-style

Watching the Penn State game Saturday night in the warm, dry comfort of home, I was thinking how thankful I was to be in the coziness of sweatpants, surrounded by dogs and cats, rather than under the bright lights and engulfed by the loud noise of Beaver Stadium, surrounded by 100,000-plus ...

NASCAR’s Chase set to begin

It is indeed that time of year again: falling leaves, football and fast cars; the fast cars hoping to go even faster now that NASCAR's Championship Chase is here.Just as the nation seems to turn its attention toward the gridiron and the looming baseball playoffs, Sprint Cup's top 16 teams are ...

Fall sports pride on full display

I love this time of year. There is just something wonderful about seeing the leaves beginning to change, and the school busses rolling once again; but sports may be the biggest and best reason of allto love the fall.From high school football to the World Series, there is so much to watch and ...

Finding joy in sports

In an age of one sports scandal after another, from the NFL's deflategate to the fixing of youth softball games, it's becoming harder and harder to hold onto the sunny idealism that used to be athletics' status quo.Perhaps in this cynical time where some competitors spend more time trying to ...

Females can be ultimate athletes

United States military history was made this past week when Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver became the first women to graduate from the Army's Ranger School.Described as one of the most grueling and elite training regimens in the world, the Ranger program involves extreme physical, ...

Participation serves purpose in sports

Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison recently tweeted a photo of his young sons holding trophies they received for participation.The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker suggested that the awards would be returned until the children did something to "earn" the recognition.The remarks sparked a storm of ...