Kellie Goodman

Jr., NASCAR prepare for next chapter

NASCAR’s Monster Energy Series barrels toward the playoffs with just 10 races to go until the Championship Chase. But as each week flies by, we draw closer to the end of the era with Dale Earnhardt Jr as a full-time competitor. Earnhardt announced the decision in April, saying he was ...

Community deserves to celebrate

Summertime in Martinsburg looks a lot like the movie “The Sand Lot,” set in 1962, when boys played baseball every night until the street lights came on. With tree-lined avenues, meticulously manicured lawns, and beautiful community pool, you could almost see Smalls, Squints, Bennie the ...

‘American Ninja Warrior’ creates community feel

With summer unofficially underway, I find myself looking forward to one of my guilty pleasures: “American Ninja Warrior.” The popular NBC show features a series of crazy obstacles, laid out in a sort of a modern-day medieval gauntlet, testing participants’ balance, strength, grip and ...

Special Olympics creates a unique community

Every year, I have the distinct honor and privilege of emceeing the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games at Penn State. Each year, I am touched by the commitment of a huge coalition of volunteers who plan every detail of the three days of activities, including ...

Changing seasons and bringing new chapters

Some general observations while witnessing many end-of-the-school-year-summer’s-here festivities: Graduation season is upon us: a time for turning pages on new chapters, with traditions and tears, ceremonies and celebrations. For high school seniors, it means looking forward to the next ...

PIAA meet celebrates best of state’s track and field

The best-of-the-best among Pennsylvania’s track and field stars will converge onto the campus of Shippensburg University this weekend to compete for the state’s ultimate prize: PIAA gold medals. The meet is a spectacle unto itself, with athletes, coaches, officials and fans bustling ...

Sports celebrates Mom the right way

Commentary It was hard to miss if you’re a baseball fan this past Mother’s Day weekend: baseball’s best sporting plenty of pink in celebration of Mom. T-shirts peeked out under special uniforms with the Mom-inspired color scheme. Home teams in white, visitors in grey, all trimmed in ...

Teamwork motivates generation

I spent some time recently with a group of high school students working on a community service project. They planned and executed a Glow Run/Walk to benefit their local Special Olympics. And something occurred to me while watching them collaborate, many members of the group involved in school ...

Teenager’s passion started as youngster

At first glance, Jared Turner of Bedford seems to be your typical teenager. The only child of Kevin and Jamie Turner, he celebrated his 15th birthday on Easter Sunday, and enjoys multiple sports in his spare time, including baseball and golf; but his greatest passion is bowling. “When he ...

Some sports observations from Spring

Some springtime observations while marveling at the ever-increasing pomp and pageantry of the NFL draft. Now a prime-time weeknight event, highlights from drafts of decades gone by and even a mock draft have been broadcast for days on ESPN. Just like the NCAA tournament bracket-busters, the ...

Blue-White weekend more than football

Blue-White weekend in Happy Valley has become far more than a football game. And while more than 65,000 fans could file through the gates of Beaver Stadium for the Nittany Lions’ final spring football practice, the gridiron scrimmage is just the beginning of the offerings for Penn State ...

Checking in on new NASCAR point system

It’s a holiday weekend for the racing world as stock cars take a break from the action this Sunday, a chance for some to celebrate their strong start, and for others to make some adjustments. NASCAR’s premier series is seven races into the 2017 season, and it’s still hard to make the ...

Can’t figure out why MLB wants to speed things up

Commentary As a new Major League Baseball season begins, the league is making an effort to speed up the game, with things like managers signaling intentional walks and clocks ticking down time between pitches and innings. But is changing the pace of America’s pastime really necessary? ...

Seasons changing; history made

Some general observations while enjoying the longer, warmer days…. Driving around the region, it’s nice to see spring sports finally in full swing ... and getting to practice and compete outside. Though some days are still cool and the ball fields still somewhat soft, there’s nothing ...

PSU wrestling program exudes excellence

It’s been another wonderful week for Pennsylvania wrestling, as the Penn State Nittany Lions dominated the NCAA tournament, winning a sixth team title in seven years and an amazing five individual championships. The wrestling world knew Cael Sanderson would be a game-changer for the Penn ...

Communities share in mat championships

It was a busy Saturday afternoon. Knowing that our satellite television provider does not offer the Pennsylvania Cable Network, we went to a local club to watch the PIAA wrestling finals. The lounge was buzzing with members competing in an annual shuffleboard tournament and there was hardly ...

Goodman Shaffer: Technology opens sports world

I remember as a kid lying in bed late at night carefully tuning in the radio, hoping to catch a live baseball game somewhere on the AM dial. The later the hour in my family’s rural northeastern Pa. mountaintop home, the better the chance of getting a clear signal. Sometimes I’d listen to ...

Verdict still out NASCAR changes

Some racing observations from the Super Bowl of stock-car racing as the new NASCAR season roared into high gear at the Daytona 500. n It’s going to take a while for announcers and the racing world to feel like the “Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series” rolls off the tongue. It was the ...

Goodman Shaffer: Nature and nurture of dynasties

Women’s college basketball was atop the national news last week as the University of Connecticut surpassed the 100 consecutive win mark, an incredible feat by a modern sports dynasty. But after that century-mark victory, UConn had to overcome a tough road test to reach 101. With one leader ...

Super Bowl remains great spectacle

In spite of Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow, the days are getting longer and it’s actually starting to feel like spring is on the way. Some general observations as the seasons change: n According to Nielsen’s TV ratings, Sunday’s big game, televised by Fox, drew 111.3 million ...