Kellie Goodman

Observations about some celebrations

Some general observations and celebrations while wondering why summer seems to fly by after the fourth of July. Back-to-school items are already appearing on store shelves, while beach towels and barbecue items are moving to clearance aisles. Football will be here before you know it. n ...

Remembering the smile of Waltman

Tom Waltman made a memorable first impression with his huge smile; a smile that he shared generously; a smile that made you feel like you were instantly his friend. But there are few smiles in Everett or Bedford County this week among those who knew the vibrant coach and physical education ...

Making some summer sports observations

Some general summertime sports observations, while lamenting over how quickly the season seems to fly by after July 4. We think of the Independence Day holiday, and what comes to mind is the ultimate in Americana: baseball, hot dogs, apple pie … fireworks. Certainly, many baseball fans will ...

Camp perfect for this summer

Summer is finally here, and for many young people that means going to camp. That four-letter word means different things to different people: sports camp, day camp, band camp, church camp, scout camp, hunting camp, or state park camp(site.) Whatever the type, these experiences should be ...

Father’s Day memories made at PNC

It was the second inning of Saturday’s Pirates game at PNC Park. The Reds’ Eugenio Suarez fouled off an Ivan Nova pitch. On the game broadcast, you see Suarez look up into the stands as the crowd erupts in a cheer. “Somebody made a fabulous catch, first row of the club level,” the ...

Goodman Shaffer: Catching college softball fever in PA

The Women’s College World Series is in the books, with Florida State winning the NCAA Championship with a two-game sweep of Washington last week. It was an historic win for the Seminoles, not only the first national title for their program, but the first NCAA softball crown for the Atlantic ...

Special Olympics thrives in Happy Valley

From October through March, Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena is home to the Nittany Lion varsity teams, the stands filled with blue-and-white-clad hockey fans. But last week, the bleachers looked like a rainbow, packed with more than 2,000 Special Olympics athletes from throughout the state ...

Patrick leaves her mark on racing world

The Indianapolis 500 went green over the holiday weekend with Danica Patrick among the field for what she says is her last time competing behind the wheel. Patrick qualified seventh and had high hopes of racing into retirement with a top-10 finish or better, maybe even a Cinderella trip to ...

Goodman Shaffer: Baseball looks to the future

Your favorite professional baseball player steps to the plate. The first pitch whizzes by, but the home plate umpire says nothing. From a speaker comes a voice or a sound indicating whether the pitch was a ball or strike, determined not by the ump, but by a computer. MLB has been floating ...

Goodman Shaffer: Springtime views and diamond dreams

Some general observations while celebrating that spring has finally sprung: High school sports head down the home stretch in furious fashion. It’s a crazy time of year, heading toward their playoffs and the end of school; but also the most fun — good weather and contests that matter. And ...

Reflecting on special memories and milestones from my youth

My niece finished her college softball career this week, marking the milestone with a post on Facebook that said how much she’d miss the sport she had played for sixteen years. I thought I’d read that wrong ... she’s 21, but started playing organized athletics at the age of five. ...

It’s time to ride bicycles

May is National Bike Month! It’s finally starting to feel like spring, and that means shedding some layers, breaking out the sunglasses and dusting off the bicycle. As cyclists trade their indoor trainers for outdoor trails and roads, we’re already seeing packs of cyclists enjoying the ...

A Masters trip to remember

There are certain bucket-list sporting events that transcend mere athletics. They are spectacles, cultural sensations, feasts for the senses: events like the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby and the Masters. Carl Michael Jr., golf course superintendent at Down River Golf Club in Everett, made ...

Pirates open doors to community

Some observations while wondering why the April showers are still coming in the form of snowflakes … n The Pittsburgh Pirates have put together some unique experiences giving young players the chance to play ball at PNC Park. Youth teams and high school squads sell tickets to Pirate games ...

Spring sports getting raw deal

The first day of spring was exactly three weeks ago, but it still feels like winter on the athletic fields of central Pennsylvania. With cancelations of everything from junior high sports to Major League Baseball, it has seemed at times like spring will never truly arrive. This is just one ...

NASCAR thoughts while awaiting Texas race

The Monster Cup field heads to Texas after a week off, with Kevin Harvick looking for his fourth win of the season. Harvick has been a headline-maker, posting four top-five finishes through the month of March, but stands in just seventh place overall. The stage format for races, instituted ...

Goodman Shaffer: ‘One Shining Moment’ is always a lot of fun

I love the NCAA basketball tournament. From the crazy upsets to the crazy fans, the Big Dance is one of the big joys of American sports. Everyone can participate — and everyone does. From morning show hosts, to past presidents, everyone shares their brackets; even preschoolers and puppies ...

PSU wrestlers highlight March events

As we prepare for a mid-month roar from the proverbial lion that doesn’t want to go quietly, the overlapping winter and spring sports seasons are as crazy as the month of March itself. n What a thrill to watch the NCAA wrestling finals over the weekend. Bo Nickal’s amazing move from his ...

Be a ‘Friend’ and help out at a state park

This year is a special year for Pennsylvania outdoor lovers. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the formation of the commonwealth’s first state park, as well as the law that led to the creation of the state forest system. At a recent regional retreat hosted by the 501-c3 ...

College softball teams enjoying their spring training

Walking into the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex is a lot like walking into the Pirates training camp in Bradenton, Florida. Meticulously-manicured softball diamonds, eight in all, are buzzing with activity, as ninety Division II and D-III teams converge on the Diamond Dreams ...