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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

Pickleball: The Racket That’s Taking Over America
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Pickleball: The Racket That’s Taking Over America
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Pickleball's popularity is growing rapidly, in large part because of Baby Boomers like me. Still, the sport has puzzled me, and so I made my way to the State College YMCA, the epicenter for pickleball in Happy Valley. [Read More]
'Out of the Cold' Helps the Homeless in Happy Valley
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'Out of the Cold' Helps the Homeless in Happy Valley
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
“I think this is a story of how a community of people is wrapped around this program,” says Kendra Gettig, Out of the Cold board chairwoman. “Last year, we had about 1,100 volunteers... There are just a lot of people who are really committed to this program.” [Read More]
Matt Rhule to NFL’s Panthers: Sweet Carolina!
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Matt Rhule to NFL’s Panthers: Sweet Carolina!
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
“Matt and Julie decided at this particular time in life with young kids and with the offer that Carolina made and with the leadership there, this was the place for them. So he called us and said, ‘We're going to Carolina.’ [Read More]
Richie Lucas: The Heisman Near-Miss Who Helped State Become Great
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Richie Lucas: The Heisman Near-Miss Who Helped State Become Great
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I had a unique plan for the evening of Saturday, Dec. 14. Lots of football fans would watch the televised Heisman Trophy presentation that night, but I would be viewing it with a former Penn State star who had placed second in Heisman voting many decades ago. [Read More]
State High Alum Kyla Irwin Finds Her Niche as a UConn Huskie
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State High Alum Kyla Irwin Finds Her Niche as a UConn Huskie
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It would have been easy for Kyla Irwin to enter a good women’s collegiate basketball program in the fall of 2016. But Irwin, holder of State High’s career records for points (2,032) and rebounds (1,188), didn’t make the safe choice. She wanted to pursue her dream. And that meant saying “yes [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling: Will Fans be Spoiled by Success?
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Penn State Wrestling: Will Fans be Spoiled by Success?
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
If the Nittany Lion wrestling team can win eight national titles in nine years, then the fan base can do something special as well — be the most exuberant wrestling fans in the country while also being grateful and gracious. [Read More]
Baylor’s Undefeated Bears: A Football Miracle with Happy Valley Roots
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Baylor’s Undefeated Bears: A Football Miracle with Happy Valley Roots
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
At 8-0 Baylor's turnaround is something of a football miracle. Though a long way from central Pennsylvania, these Texas bruins are led by a bunch of Bears who come from State College. [Read More]
State High Legend Mike Archer Reflects on Life and Football
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State High Legend Mike Archer Reflects on Life and Football
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
A star-studded group of former athletes and coaches will enter the Centre County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame this weekend. Amid an impressive backdrop of local luminaries—including Olympic swimmer Jane Brown, track star Steve Gentry and football icon Mike Condo—one stands out [Read More]
He’s the Chinese Scholar Who Loves the Lions
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He’s the Chinese Scholar Who Loves the Lions
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
At first glance, Anderson Tang appears an unlikely candidate for membership in Nittany Nation. Born and raised in a small town in China’s Jiangxi Province, he’s a post-doctoral physics researcher at Penn State. But regardless of his faraway upbringing or his lofty education, this guy is as rabid [Read More]
Spikes’ Alum Tommy Edman Finds a Perch with the Cardinals
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Spikes’ Alum Tommy Edman Finds a Perch with the Cardinals
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Tommy Edman, the most recent Spikes alum to reach the major leagues, is playing a key role with the resurgent St. Louis Cardinals. When he joined the team as a wide-eyed rookie on June 8, the Redbirds were 5.5 games behind the Cubs and the Brewers. Today, the Cards are leading the NL Central. [Read More]
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