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Goodman Shaffer: So far a perfect start for Penn State’s fall sports

September 2, 2014 When Sam Ficken’s kick sailed through the uprights at Croke Park in Dublin on Saturday, Penn State’s first football win under new head coach James Franklin was secured. more »»

Goodman Shaffer: Team efforts bolster fall sports teams

August 26, 2014 Some general observations while enjoying the back-to-school feeling in the air and all of the first-day photos on Facebook: As school days return, so begins fall sports campaigns, which means Friday... more »»

Goodman Shaffer: Davis is biggest story in Williamsport

August 19, 2014 In the great baseball movie “The Sandlot,” a rag-tag bunch of pre-teen friends get together every day to play pick-up baseball in the early 1960s. more »»

Back to school reminders: Concussions

August 12, 2014 School buses will be rolling again very soon throughout central Pennsylvania, and already sports teams are hitting their respective fields for preseason practices. more »»

Goodman Shaffer: Earnhardt keeping fans interested

August 5, 2014 Some general observations while lamenting over how quickly summer flies by! Pennsylvania has certainly been kind to Dale Earnhardt Junior this NASCAR season. more »»

Pinball making a comeback

July 29, 2014 What do you think of when you hear the word “pinball?” Maybe the opening of the TV Show “Happy Days,” or a rebellious icon from the 1960’s and ‘70’s? Pinball machines may seem like something from... more »»

Celebrating a Brickyard anniversary

July 22, 2014 It’s hard to believe that the Brickyard 400 is celebrating its 20th anniversary. more »»

Young Curve fan excited for All-Stars

July 15, 2014 The Eastern League All-Star Festivities come to Altoona this week, and there may be no one more excited about this special event than 3-year old Elijah Lamb. more »»

Sports, parks play role in holiday

July 8, 2014 It’s summer’s signature holiday: the Fourth of July. more »»

Showing the value of hustle

July 1, 2014 When the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Mets Friday night in extra innings, the man at the center of attention was utility man Josh Harrison: not only for his walk-off double in the 11th inning, bu... more »»

USA’s play in World Cup aids soccer surge

June 24, 2014 American football may still be the nation’s most popular sport, but the rest of the world’s football, aka soccer, is the talk of the town, at least during the World Cup, now well under way in Brazi. more »»

Goodman Shaffer: Noll more than a coach

June 17, 2014 Some general observations while remembering NFL great Chuck Noll on his passing. more »»

Local man gets crowd ‘Spark’ed up for Special Olympics

June 10, 2014 It was a beautiful spring evening in Happy Valley. Sun splashed across the baseball diamond under a bright blue sky with only harmless cotton-like clouds overhead. more »»

NCAA softball shines on ESPN

June 3, 2014 College softball will crown its World Series champion this week when Alabama and Florida face off in the all-SEC best-of-three-game final in Oklahoma City. more »»

Celebrating a patriotic start to summer

May 27, 2014 Some general observations while pausing this Memorial Day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice: It is times like this long holiday weekend when we are reminded how lucky we are to live... more »»

Graduating athletes prove importance of education

May 20, 2014 It’s that time of year: Caps and gowns, Pomp and Circumstance, tears and cheers. more »»

Goodman Shaffer: Experiencing area youth soccer games

May 13, 2014 “Put down the juice box and pay attention!” “Uncross your arms!” “Other way!” These are just a few of the instructions lovingly shouted from the sidelines of a local youth soccer game. more »»

Weekend of horsepower

May 6, 2014 Some casual observations while enjoying a weekend full of horsepower. Billed the fastest, most exciting and exhilarating 2 minutes in all of sports, the 2014 Kentucky Derby did not disappoint. more »»

Irish sports will intrigue PSU fans

April 29, 2014 Having recently returned from a trip to Ireland, I am growing more and more envious of Penn State football fans planning to follow the Nittany Lions to the Emerald Isle this summer. more »»

The team with a big heart captures sled hockey national title

April 22, 2014 They take to the ice for practice each Saturday evening with 13 hockey players, a handful of coaches and volunteers, and a whole lot of heart; and now with national gold medal. more »»

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