Kellie Goodman

Tributes to fallen highlight fall season

As the vibrant October foliage hangs around into November, the World Series champions have been crowned, the clocks have been turned back, and fall sports kick into playoff mode. While Friday night lights still shine on the high school football postseason, the Penn State women’s soccer ...

Connecting through soccer, art

At first glance her jobs may seem vastly different: Pam Snyder Etters is head coach of the Penn State Altoona women’s soccer team and the executive director of the Altoona Symphony. She’s also the team leader and lead artist for “Murals Talk,” an initiative designed to foster ...

Cleaning up Beaver Stadium more than just a job

They call it the greatest show in college football for a reason: it’s awesome. A record crowd of more than 110,000 white-wearing fans singing, cheering and chanting in unison for the Penn State-Ohio State showdown Saturday night: fireworks blasting, band playing and stadium rocking for the ...

Observations on another rainy day

Weather is not a factor at Penn State’s Rec Hall, unless you count the rainstorm of women’s volleyball wins for as long as most of us can remember. Legendary head coach Russ Rose is well into his 40th season at the helm of the Nittany Lion program. He has taken his team, currently ranked ...

Penn State women’s soccer celebrates 25th season

Looking back at 1994, Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Lion King were big at the box office; computer zip drives and the George Foreman grill were new inventions on the market; a gallon of gasoline cost just $1.11, and the Penn State varsity women’s soccer team took the field for the first ...

By the numbers: NASCAR heads toward playoffs

With summer quickly winding down, NASCAR’S Monster Energy Cup Series is gearing up for what could be an exciting post-season. The only question will be — will anyone care? Two regular-season races remain with Kevin Harvick leading the playoff standings as one of a dozen teams whose spot ...

Time for us to go back to school

It seems like fall comes a little earlier every year. Even as summer feels far from over, students throughout the region are getting ready to go back to the classroom: school supplies abundantly line the shelves of department stores, seasonal harvest spice cookies temptingly grace the bakery ...

School bands important

They’re gathering on fields across central Pennsylvania and across America. A whistle blows. Students absorbing instructions and getting into formation: reviewing play books, performing drills, working toward perfection. Specific movements are repeated many times over in a quest for ...

Rene Portland raised bar for Penn State

Rene Portland was laid to rest on Monday. The former Penn State women’s basketball coach passed away July 22 after a three-year battle with cancer. She is survived by a large, loving family and a legion of Lady Lions who played for her. The basketball career of the Philadelphia-area ...

Speed museum plans to hit high gear

Walking into Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse in Bedford gives you an instant glimpse at the history of auto racing in central Pennsylvania. Lining the walls of the lobby are black and white photographs snapped by John Pittman during the hay days of dirt track racing at the Bedford Speedway and ...

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 ...