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17-03 News Release: SG Lake Ridge Acad. vs. Oberlin

FOR RELEASE: FEB. 14, 2017

2/13/17CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


 The Scholastic Games radio quiz, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), hosted a 270-80 victory for the academic team from Lake Ridge Academy on the broadcast of Monday, February 13th.  The teams were well matched through most of the competition, but LRA had a flurry of scoring in the final round as Oberlin fell victim to a loss of points due to incorrect answers in that last portion of the program.

Lake Ridge SS 2017 Lacoste

Lacoste, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling.

Lake Ridge’s team consisted of Lily Kuntz, Katelynn Mihu, and team captain Joshua Lacoste, who earned the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. Oberlin was represented by Rex Young and Austin Buga. Lacoste was on his school’s team last year; the others on both teams were newcomers to Scholastic Games.

The first round, seeking “A” answers ranging from aardvark to Jane Austen, ended with a five point advantage for Lake Ridge which the team maintained following the Current Events Round, in which both teams scored particularly well. In the third, the first round requiring teams to “buzz in” to answer, Oberlin took a ten point lead. That round required “two color answers,” for example, the Blue Nile and the White Nile, and the varying colors of litmus paper or blood cells.

The fourth round is a multi-clue affair in which a correct answer to the first clue yields fifty points and a final clue provides only ten, with intermediate scoring possibilities in between. Oberlin’s Young had the biggest score with 40 for identifying the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, but Lake Ridge forged ahead with three different lower-point scores (for clues about Minnesota, Alexander Dumas and the invention of the steamboat).   The team’s lead was increased with bonus point scores for correct answers in the final round, assuring its victory.

In succeeding weeks, a total of sixteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will compete, leading up to the broadcast’s 27th annual county championship. The program, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support, will be heard most Monday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with two schools in competition each week. The schedule of broadcasts is below.

The teams are guided by faculty advisors. Mr. Justin Schaefer is the advisor for the Lake Ridge team and Mr. Jason Craigo advises the Oberlin team. Continuing a 26-year tradition, each participating school will receive a $1000 tuition credit to be given to a deserving student that will attend an area college or university. Many additional credits are awarded to schools as they compete and win in playoffs. Contributing institutions include Lorain County Community, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, and Tiffin University, many of which have participated in this program for a number of years.


TUESDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games delay the quiz to Tuesday, same time)

2/20 Brookside vs. Clearview

2/27 Amherst Steele vs. N. Ridgeville

3/7 (Tuesday) Elyria Catholic vs. Midview

3/13 Avon (defending champion) vs. Avon Lake

3/20  Firelands vs. Olmsted Falls

3/27 through May: Elimination Playoffs & Championship (teams to be determined)

Scholastic Games, on WEOL radio since 1990, is presented on the station by the Elyria Public Library System. Production of the program is made possible by funding from Nordson Corporation, the Nord Family Foundation, the Community West Foundation, and the following funds administered by the Community Foundation of Lorain County: the William J. and Flora Hearn Durling Fund, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund, and the Miraldi and Barrett Fund. The Elyria Public Library System and the Elyria Days Inn provide recording venues, and following broadcast, and offer the programs as “podcasts.” A member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Akron and Cleveland, the program’s producer, Jim Mehrling, is a veteran northeast Ohio broadcaster. After seven years as Chief Announcer at WEOL, he was Production Manager at Cleveland’s WERE-AM for over a decade, and has for over twenty years been with Cleveland’s WCLV-FM, now a part of Ideastream public broadcasting. Again this year, most Scholastic Games programs will be followed by a talk feature, “Dialogues in Education,” which presents education success stories with its host, award-winning journalist Bob Tayek.



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The academic team from Lake Ridge Academy, left to right, Lily Kuntz, Joshua Lacoste, and Katelynn Mihu, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

The academic team from Oberlin High School, left to right, Rex Young and Austin Buga, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Joshua Lacoste, left, of Lake Ridge Academy, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling for winning “Standout Scholar” honors on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL radio (AM 930).