Kellie Goodman

Mental toughness key in sports

Mental toughness is a key to success. A combination of will power, focus, persistence and strength, it’s often the difference between good and great, winning and losing. Just ask an NFL place kicker. The Bears’ Cody Parkey was dubbed the most hated man in Chicago last week when he ...

LeBron sets important example

A video made its way around YouTube and various media outlets in recent weeks of a young basketball player getting a pep talk from his Dad after a game. The 11-year-old (named Bryce) looked dejected, presumably disappointed for not scoring more points or making more shots in his youth ...

An ode to the elves of local sports

This year’s poem is a shout-out to those who make high school sports happen ‘Twas some time before tip-off, and all through the land, Many creatures were stirring, and lending a hand. With uniforms hung in the lockers with care, They knew student-athletes soon would be there. The ...

Presidential connections in sports

News of the passing of George H.W. Bush at the age of 94 has filled the newspapers and airwaves in recent days, with political pundits and world leaders remembering the 41stPresident of the United States for his admirable character and incredible accomplishments throughout a lifetime of ...

Bisons girls soccer has come a long way since 1990

When the Bedford girls’ soccer team captured the state championship in Hershey Saturday, they made history: the first team in the county to bring home a PIAA title. The epic accomplishment was deserving of an epic celebration: one that spanned not only miles, but also decades. Back on ...

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 ...