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.
By Karen Kadilak
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Shenango expects improvement under first-year coach Mike Commesso.
The Wildcats return three top skill players, including senior Anthony Prestopine. Besides being Shenango's top passer, he was second in rushing with 427 yards and three touchdowns last year.
Senior linemen Alonza Regna and Vince Albertini also are back.
“We have a lot of potential,” said Commesso, a former Hopewell defensive coordinator in his first head coaching job. “I like what we have.”
Prestopine said offseason workouts were upbeat.
“We're all excited,” Prestopine said. “There's definitely been more energy in practice.”
The Wildcats will feature a couple of new wrinkles.
“We're going to be a play-action, run-oriented team,” Commesso said. “Defensively, we'll be running a 4-2-5 plan.”
“The offense will be spread out a little more, which is good,” Prestopine said. “Defensively, my assignments decreased.
“There will be less pressure.”
Prestopine and Brent McCormick will be linebackers.
The coaching staff will include Commesso's father, Lew, a former head coach at Mohawk.
“We brought in coaches but also have one from Shenango (Harold Taylor) who's helping in the transition,” Commesso said.
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