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    Vipers Softball holds first of two tryouts


    MENTOR–Over 30 girls geared up for the first day of Ohio Varsity Vipers Softball tryouts held at Mentor High School on Thursday.

    The Vipers will offer both a 16U and 18U team beginning with a short fall ball season.

    Leading the club is Mentor head coach Jo Bondra, who led the Cardinals to the Greater Cleveland Conference championship in her first season at the school. A veteran of the travel circuit, Bondra played both soccer and softball at Mayfield High School. Upon graduation, she played both sports at Bluffton University.

    The final day of tryouts will be held at Mentor on Thursday, July 29. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The tryouts will be held from 6:00-8:00.

    All fall and summer practice sessions will be held at Mentor. During the winter, the Vipers will focus on hitting at the NEO Sports Plant.

    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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