Kellie Goodman

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 ...

NASCAR teams ready to rumble

It's Speedweeks in Daytona, with the first and biggest race of the NASCAR season just a few days away. And even before the green flag flies on the 500, the list of storylines leading up to the 2016 campaign is almost as interesting as it is long.The passing of the torch from Jeff Gordon to ...

Super Bowl commercials enlighten, inspire

The commercials for the Super Bowl have become almost as important as the big game itself, with this year's 30-second spots costing upwards to $5 million.Some are so creative with such amazing special effects, it's hardly worth a trip to the fridge during breaks in the action - we don't want ...

Team doctor inspires athletes, others to thrive

Nestled among the major sports facilities in the city of Pittsburgh is the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the official practice and training facility of the Pittsburgh Penguins.But the center is far more than an ice rink, offering sports medicine services for athletic injuries, and sports ...

There’s still some good in the NFL

With all that's happened in the NFL over the last few years, the sport of professional football had lost a bit of its luster.From deflategate to domestic abuse issues to dirty plays, the league has made more than its share of negative headlines.But watching the conference championship games ...

Lady Lions continue cancer fight

When the Penn State Lady Lions took to the floor at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, they were playing for more than a check in the win column.For the last decade, the women's basketball program has done battle against breast cancer through their annual Pink Zone Game.With pink clothing on ...

Sports play out on Twitter

The Pittsburgh-Cincinnati playoff game Saturday, with all of its related drama, has been much more than water-cooler fodder over the last few days. From the television sports networks to church pews, Steelers faithful as well as the wide world of sports have reviewed, rehashed, discussed and ...

Making 2016 resolutions

A new year is upon us, with all that goes with it, in life as well as in the world of sports.NFL playoffs on the horizon, college players declaring for the draft, high school winter sports kicking into high gear, baseball training camp and NASCAR seasons just around the corner.In sports arenas, ...

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 ...