Kellie Goodman

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 ...

Bucs provide prime-time entertainment

Some general observations while marveling at the 20-plus-games-over-.500 Pittsburgh Pirates:n Heard some grumbling from Bucco fans Monday morning who had purchased tickets for a 1:30 p.m. Sunday game at PNC Park and ended up watching an 8 p.m. game this past weekend, arriving back in Central ...

Bucs provide prime-time entertainment

Some general observations while marveling at the 20-plus-games-over-.500 Pittsburgh Pirates:n Heard some grumbling from Bucco fans Monday morning who had purchased tickets for a 1:30 p.m. Sunday game at PNC Park and ended up watching an 8 p.m. game this past weekend, arriving back in Central ...

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 ...