Coach Shane Grodack Carter Mitishin Frankie Leyshon

TEAM: Western Wayne Wildcats

COLORS: Black & Gold

COACH: Shane Grodack,  1st Season

PIAA: Class 3A

2023 CONFERENCE: LFC Division II

2022 RECORD: 9-3 (4-1 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 33-22

STADIUM: Sharkey Rosetti Sports Complex

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 7

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Pro

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 3-4

2023 PREVIEW

Shane Grodack was a named the new head coach at Western Wayne, but don’t expect drastic changes. He has been on the staff for 16 seasons and inherits a good nucleus that will have the Wildcats in the hunt for a division and district title.

The backfield might be one of the most experienced in the LFC with quarterback Frankie Leyshon, running back Josh Vinton and fullback Carter Mitishin all back. John Pyatt will backup at QB. Vincent Silon, Alex Lucke, and Landon Wargo will all see time at running back and Alex Lucke, James Jimenez, and Ethan Lamberton will get some time at fullback. The Wildcats were dealt a preseason blow with all-star Sean Owens out for the season with an injury. Ethan Grodack will step into that No. 1 wide receiver role while Elijah Strocchia, John Pyatt, Lance Maiocco, and Jak Hubinger will vy for playing time as well. Hayden Mundrake returns at tight end with Lamberton and Colton Hoose providing depth at the position.

Western Wayne returns two starters on the offensive line – Evan Dean at guard and Tony Donnini at center. Connor Bryant and Vinny Baldini will compete for the other guard position. Jared Goldman, Mason Rush, Paul Borowski, Landon Visceglia, and Mike Pongracz will compete for the tackle spots and provide depth up front.

Dean is a returning starter at defensive tackle with Mundrake, Donnini, Borowski, Goldman, Rush, and Bryant all in consideration for playing time on the defensive interior. Mitishin is back at outside linebacker and will be joined by either Lamberton, Pyatt, Jimenez, and Hubinger. Lucke is a returning starter at inside linebacker. Lamberton or Jimenez could get the other spot. Leyshon returns at cornerback with Silon, Strocchia, and Maiocco in consideration for the other side. Vinton and Grodack provide experience at safety.

Mitishin will handle the place kicking duties again with either Grodack or Vinton punting.

QUOTE FROM COACH WOLFF: We have a core of returning veteran starters in the skilled positions and two returning starters on the offensive and defensive line. We have a number of players competing for those spots and we expect to again be competitive in League and postseason play.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – LFC Division II
First Team Fullback  – Carter Mitishin
Honorable Mention Quarterback – Frankie Leyshon
Honorable Mention Running Back – Josh Vinton

2023 Western Wayne Roster

#PlayerPosition2023 GradeHeightWeight
3Frankie LeyshonDB, QB125'10180
4Adam BartholomewLB, QB115'10175
6Alex LuckeLB, RB125'9185
7Vinny SilonDB, RB115'11160
9Ethan GrodackDB, WR126'1170
10Sean OwensDB, WR116'0185
12John PyattLB, WR116'1165
13Jak HubingerLB, WR116'0170
14R.J. WaltonDB, RB105'6130
18Lance MaioccoDB, WR115'9165
20Elijah StrocchiaDB, WR125'8170
28Josh VintonDB, RB115'8180
30Landon WargoDB, RB115'8175
32Carter MistishinLB, RB125'11185
34James JimenezLB, RB115'10200
40Owen PalkovicDB, WR115'9150
42Aedan LampmanDB, WR105'9150
43Ethan LambertonLB, RB115'9190
50Mason RushDL, OL115'10230
52Connor BryantDL, OL116'0240
53Ayden ConnellyDL, OL126'0200
54Dominick SnipesDL, OL126'0210
55Vinny BaldiniDL, OL105'8210
60Mike PongraczDL, OL105'11240
61Andrew MichaudDL, OL95'8200
62Tony DonniniDL, OL115'11210
63Garrett MillenDL, OL125'9200
67Jared GoldmanDL, OL116'2280
68Paul BorowskiDL, OL105'8275
70Landon ViscegliaDL, OL106'0230
72Riley DunnDL, OL106'0220
74Evan DeanDL, OL116'1230
75Colton HooseDL, OL106'1240
76Nicolas CotterDL, OL115'9265
77Ervin WashingtonDL, OL126'2240
80Ryan SchaneDB, WR116'0150
81Trenton BassDB, WR105'7140
84James SchoffstallLB, TE106'0170
87Jayden KellachowLB, TE115'11160
88Hayden MundrakeDL, TE116'3230
89Donovan GregorskiLB, TE96'0150