Mike White | 10:10 a.m., Fri., Sept. 19, 2008
I'm just sayin'
Perusing the holes in one this morning in "One of America's Great Newspapers," there was a Chuck Wagner of Oakmont who had a hole-in-one on No. 6 at Oakmonth Country Club yesterday. Surely, this had to be the Chuck Wagner who is the veteran coach at Springdale High and who was the Post-Gazette Coach of the Year a few seasons ago. Wagner lives in Oakmont.
But hold on. It was another Chuck Wagner who had the hole-in-one. Like the Springdale coach, this Chuck Wagner also lives in Oakmont.
The two Chucks know each other and live about three blocks from each other. In fact, they played Oakmont together earlier this summer - and they are often mistaken for each other.
"This guy and I have been pains to each other for years," said the Springdale coach.
We'll let the coach tell more of the story.
"I went to Bucknell and played football there in the 1950s. This Chuck Wagner went to Bucknell, too, and played golf in the 1970s. He's a very good golfer. Every time I go back to Bucknell, people will say things to me like, 'Chuck, how's the golf game? If we play, you have to give me a lot of strokes.'
"I say 'What are you talking about?' They say, 'C'mon, we see what you do in golf.'
"I tell them that I'm not that Chuck Wagner. They don't believe me."
While on the subject of names and Oakmont Country Club, check this out: Sophomore Tyler Bergman is one of the top players on North Hills' golf team, which has an 11-1 record. Bergman regularly shoots in the mid 30s on nine holes for the Indians. His aunt, Beth Bergman, had a hole-in-one at Oakmont a few weeks ago.
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* Beaver Falls football standout Todd Thomas said last week he will probably make a college decision in the next few weeks. Look for it to be either Pitt or Michigan. But no matter what college he chooses, don't look for him to be on that campus next fall. It's almost certain Thomas will attend a prep school next year to raise his grades and SAT scores. Colleges can recruit him again at the prep school.
* Erie McDowell senior A.J. Fenton recently made a verbal commitment to Wisconsin. Fenton plays quarterback and linebacker for McDowell, but was recruited to play defense. Pitt was one of his other top choices.