Kellie Goodman

Pocono important to NASCAR

The Pocono Mountains were roaring with race car engines over the weekend as NASCAR made its second stop of the summer at the Pennsylvania track.While drivers admit that Pocono Speedway is not their favorite for a number of logistical reasons, the Keystone State events are part of an important ...

Fair events teach life lessons

Fair season is upon us, and that means students throughout central Pennsylvania will be competing, along with their animals, from Bedford to Huntingdon, and Clearfield to Cambria County and beyond.Thousands flock to fairs for the carnival rides, seemingly-impossible games, great entertainment ...

Stallings’ RBI single lifts Curve to victory

It's tempting this time of the year for a team to look ahead at what could be in the future, especially when the race for a postseason berth is so close.Curve manager Tom Prince, though, is working to ensure the club continues to keep everything in the present."We don't get too far ahead of ...

Camps teach teamwork

Summer is camp time, and whether the theme is baseball or band, math or leadership, soccer, or survival, there's more than hamburgers and hot dogs on the menu.Teamwork is a staple of almost any camp experience.Throughout the region, and the country for that matter, youth of all ages and ...

Stopping to enjoy summertime

Some summertime sports observations while noting how quickly the time seems to fly by after the 4th of Julyfootball camps will start before you know it.Watching the Pirates over the last few days is like watching a team of destiny. Speak with members of championship teams of any sport, and one ...

Team USA inspires with championship

It was a win for the ages. The U.S. women's soccer team capturing its first World Cup Championship since 1999 in dramatic fashion Sunday in Canada.The Americans jumped out to an early lead sparked by the amazing hat trick by Carli Lloyd, including an unbelievable mid-field shot over the ...

Writer’s tweet sparks debate on sports

It probably seemed like a harmless, albeit insensitive tweet at the time when Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit described women's sports as "not worth watching" during a women's World Cup soccer game.The tweet has since been deleted, but the backlash and debate continue even a week ...

Fathers impact girls sports

I spent Father's Day weekend at a youth softball tournament watching girls ages 12 to 14 pitch, hit, bunt, field and slide through round robin and bracket play.Most of the teams were coached by fathers of those softball players, who seemed perfectly content, and in many cases overjoyed, to be ...

Goodman Shaffer: Penn State lacrosse mourns goalkeeper’s death

The Penn State athletics family is mourning lacrosse goalkeeper (John) Connor Darcey, who died in a car accident Friday in Boston just weeks shy of his 22nd birthday.Darcey had just completed his redshirt sophomore season as the starting keeper for the Nittany Lions, earning Big Ten ...

Goodman Shaffer: New fan is intrigued by American Ninja Warrior

I'm not sure how I missed the first six seasons of the NBC/Esquire TV show, "American Ninja Warrior," but I recently found myself drawn into this unique combination of athletic competition and reality show after learning that local doctor, David Bozak may be featured on an upcoming episode.At ...

A message, and a lesson, for the graduating seniors in the area

This week, you will put on your caps and gowns, walk across a stage, gymnasium or football field to receive your diplomas and bid farewell to high school.Beyond the classroom, many of you have grown up on sandlots and soccer fields and every sports arena possible: learning skills, rules, ...

Taking time to remember America’s team

Memorial Day is one of the most special holidays of the year.Not only is it the unofficial start of summer but also a weekend-long commemoration of our country's ultimate team: the United States Armed Forces. Remembrance ceremonies took place around the region in local cemeteries and with ...

Gordon fan gets surprise

NASCAR fan Donna Lloyd of Tyrone picked rookie Jeff Gordon as "her" driver when he first came on the national scene in 1992.He was just 21 years old. She was 62 ... and just starting to understand and enjoy the sport."I saw Jeff's first race. It was Richard Petty's last race, and they both ...

Observations on area’s spring sports scene

Some random spring sport observations while recognizing all that mothers do for sports, from taxi service to laundry, first aid to cheering sectionMajor League Baseball's Mother's Day festivities and cancer-fighting initiative, which put pink on diamonds around the nation over the weekend. Pink ...

Goodman Shaffer: Brooks’ songs inspire athletes, cowboys

In the arena that's home to the Penn State basketball teams, PIAA competitions and even NCAA athletic events, Garth Brooks took center stage this past weekend, rounding out his multi-date on-campus concert series.The Bryce Jordan Center was rockingperhaps louder than everwith tens of thousands ...

NASCAR’s good, bad and sad

It is often said that sport is a microcosm of life, and this past week in NASCAR has reflected the good, the bad and the sad of bothThe ever-controversial Kurt Busch took the checkered flag at Richmond over the weekend, creating awkward post-race commentary. Veteran broadcaster Mike Joy ...

Movers, shakers and record-breakers

Let's recognize some significant moves and milestones in Pennsylvania women's athletics.Congratulations to Saint Francis softball coach, Jennifer Patrick-Swift for becoming the all-time wins leader in Red Flash program history.Patrick-Swift, a Northern Cambria native, reached the milestone (94 ...

Goodman Shaffer: Browns trying to repair Manziel’s nature

ESPN reported over the weekend that Cleveland Quarterback Johnny Manziel has been released from rehab and would begin his quest to return to the football field.The Browns seem prepared to give him a chance to become the professional player they expected that he could be when they traded up to ...

Goodman Shaffer: Batch inspires with leadership lessons

"Greatness doesn't live here."That was how former Steeler quarterback Charlie Batch opened a thoughtful discussion with an audience of regional business leaders in Johnstown last week. The 2015 class of Leadership Blair County joined similar programs from the region for a day of networking, ...

Kentucky still the talk of the town

The NCAA's March Madness has been as entertaining as ever.Michigan State proves that seeds are nothing more than numbers, posting multiple upsets en route to the Final Four, and giving the Big Ten Conference half of the still-standings.For all of the upset talk at tournament time, the biggest ...