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Bill Horlacher

Bill Horlacher is a native of Happy Valley, a 1970 graduate of State College High School and a 1974 graduate of Penn State (journalism). He has spent his last 30 years in service to international students, helping them with personal, cultural and spiritual adjustments to America. After 39 years of living in California, Maryland and Texas, Bill returned to State College in 2013 along with his wife, Kathy.

Articles by Bill Horlacher

Bellefonte Beats State College to Capture District 5 Little League Title  Bellefonte Beats State College to Capture District 5 Little League Title
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Bellefonte Little League’s 12-and-under All Stars defeated State College, 9-2, on Saturday night at Webster Field, capturing the District 5 crown and finalizing their status as the local juggernaut. In four District 5 games, Bellefonte scored 54 runs and yielded only seven. [Read More]
State College Little Leaguers: A Little Grit Goes a Long Way
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State College Little Leaguers: A Little Grit Goes a Long Way
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Nothing could test the determination of a Little League team like losing its opening game by a score of 13-0. But that’s exactly what happened to State College’s 12-and-under All Stars when they traveled to Big Valley in late June. [Read More]
After 36 Years of Family Practice, Dr. Ed Prince Hangs Up His Stethoscope
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After 36 Years of Family Practice, Dr. Ed Prince Hangs Up His Stethoscope
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
One of our community’s longest-serving and most-respected doctors has come to the point of official retirement. In his 36 years as a family physician, Ed Prince has cared for thousands of State College area residents. And in his nine years of delivering babies, he welcomed 500 little cuties to Hap [Read More]
State High Baseball: Pushing Past the Pain of ‘Pitchgate’
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State High Baseball: Pushing Past the Pain of ‘Pitchgate’
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Every athlete knows the agony of defeat. But who has ever experienced that very agony in the midst of a victory? How did State College baseball players feel when they lost their shot at a state championship, despite winning on the scoreboard at Slippery Rock University? [Read More]
Maroon & Gray Society’s First Class Led by Unforgettable Teachers
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Maroon & Gray Society’s First Class Led by Unforgettable Teachers
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Carol Gentry came to State High a fresh-faced college grad who became an educational powerhouse. Steve Gentry was already well-known at the school when he returned to spend a career guiding students and athletes. And Marion Bressler was a caring and devoted teacher who brought history to life for he [Read More]
Tales from the Lion: Graduates Reminisce While in Line at the Shrine
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Tales from the Lion: Graduates Reminisce While in Line at the Shrine
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
They arrived as lowly freshmen who were forced to live in “supplemental housing,” that draconian dormitory arrangement that puts eight fledgling students into one crowded lounge. Now, nearly four years later, they stand in line together to experience one of Penn State’s great traditions. [Read More]
How Ira Lubert Helped Build a Penn State Wrestling Dynasty
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How Ira Lubert Helped Build a Penn State Wrestling Dynasty
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
He’s certainly not the principal figure in the development of Penn State’s wrestling dynasty. He’s also not the most dramatic contributor to our Sanderson-era memories. But Ira Lubert — a 1970s heavyweight and loyal Penn State alum — has certainly played a major role in the building of a H [Read More]
Is There Any Hope for Penn State’s Fraternities?
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Is There Any Hope for Penn State’s Fraternities?
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Perhaps we need another dose of media coverage so we will never revert to any pre-Piazza notion that “boys will be boys” and that fraternity hijinks are as funny as those depicted in National Lampoon’s “Animal House.” I think some outrage here in Happy Valley is still justified. And so is [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling: Ironhead Offers an Insider’s View of Cael’s Crew
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Penn State Wrestling: Ironhead Offers an Insider’s View of Cael’s Crew
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
No one offers more insightful commentary on Penn State wrestling than Jeff Byers. The man they call “Ironhead” has been broadcasting PSU’s matches over radio since 1990. So, at this special time of the year for mat enthusiasts, I enjoyed my chance to get a personal recap of the season from Iro [Read More]
Frank Garis: A Remarkable Gift to State College Sports
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Frank Garis: A Remarkable Gift to State College Sports
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Frank Garis is an unforgettable man, that’s for sure. But what makes him special, other than the fact that he’s served for 53 years as a volunteer for State College school sports? Maybe it’s the way that Frank combines traits that rarely fit together in one life. And that he's rock-solid reli [Read More]
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