Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
His face covered in blood after smashing his head off the dashboard, Ryan Bednar was strapped to a stretcher and carted away while a visiting Syracuse assistant coach watched.
Not to worry, college recruiters. The scene was part of a mock car-crash during a South Allegheny assembly to warn students against the dangers of driving under the influence.
“It was fun to see a college coach watching what I do to help my school,” said Bednar, an honors student who also serves as the junior class president.
Bednar also helps the Gladiators on the football field, and the two-way lineman is attracting Division I interest on defense. Going head-to-head against Jesse James, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound Penn State recruit, every day in practice last fall helped his cause.
“I've been working so hard on my explosiveness through my hips and body,” said Bednar, who bench-presses 400 pounds and has great lower-body power. “My strength is good and it's only improving day by day. My speed coming off the ball and reaction time to the ball being snapped is very quick.”
Bednar is hoping to draw a reaction from college coaches this summer by attending camps at Bowling Green, Ohio, Pitt, Syracuse and Youngstown State. Bucknell, Duquesne and Robert Morris, which offered a scholarship last week, also are interested.
“Ryan is a non-stop worker who is really difficult to block with one person,” South Allegheny coach Pat Monroe said. “He's a technician, a real student of the game.”
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