Wednesday, April 24
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    Mentor senior Izzy Coode locked in her college choice when she announced on Friday her commitment to John Carroll University.

    “I was fortunate enough to find a school, a coach, teammates, and a program I felt that I fit in with,” said Coode of her decision. “I’m glad I’ll be able to go into my senior basketball and softball seasons having a plan and a direction for after graduation.”

    Coode chose John Carroll based on its combination of athletic and academic offerings.

    “It was nice to meet with Coach (Alex) Lagesse and some of the current JCU players and hear about the direction coach is taking the program,” Coode said. “John Carroll also has one of the top business schools in the area. I look forward to following in my mom’s, my grandfather’s, and my uncle’s footsteps in the business world.”

    Coach Lagesse recruited Coode to play in the middle infield, but Coode is eager to fill any role that will get her on the field.

    “Coach Lagesse spoke with me about working and competing for a middle infield spot,” Coode said. “Quite honestly, I’ll be happy to contribute anywhere I can, especially early on.”

    Coode’s decision was a bit easier to make thanks to her relationship with several current players including former Mentor teammates Kristin Dems and Bella Carcioppolo. She’s also getting to know the other JCU commitments in the Class of 2024.

    “I already have a relationship with a couple girls on the roster and have played against a number of the other girls over the years,” she said. “Coach Lagesse has already set up a group chat with the incoming class of 2024, so we’ve all been in communication with each other and the coaching staff.”

    Coode, who plans to major in business, is excited about her future at JCU, but first, she has one season left at Mentor and she plans to make the most of it.

    “Coach (Jo) Bondra has set pretty high goals for us as individuals and as a team,” Coode said. “We have a great core of players returning and hope to improve on what we did last year. I just hope to help lead and contribute along with my other senior teammates and have a successful season.”



    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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