Kellie Goodman

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 ...

NASCAR thoughts so far this year

Daytona seems far away in the rear-view mirror for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.The new season is just over a month old as drivers and teams crisscross America to warm-weather tracks, getting up to speed in a hurry as the 2016 season is now in full swing.The first five races have produced four ...

Spring sports season actually feels like it

It has truly felt like springtime for local sports teams, who officially opened spring practice last week.For the first time in several years, the initial days of practice were not simply tolerable, or even mildly acceptable, but downright beautiful.Many baseball and softball programs have ...

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 ...