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17-05 News – Amherst vs. North Ridgeville




 The Scholastic Games high school quiz, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), broadcast its highest scoring program of the year this week as the academic team from Amherst Marion L. Steele scored a 320-250 win over North Ridgeville High School. The program, heard on Monday, February 27th, ended with both the highest winning score and the highest losing score of the season so far. North Ridgeville’s runner-up tally was higher than a couple of this year’s winning scores, which makes likely the school’s return as a “wildcard,” meaning both schools may return for playoffs.

Frankart, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling.

Frankart, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling.

Amherst’s team consisted of Olivia Krugman, Emma Macartney, and team captain Nathan Frankart, who earned the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given each week to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. North Ridgeville was represented by Josh Hiller, Frank Parker and team captain Alyssa Edmunds.

Amherst had a slow start. The team drew the most difficult questions in the first round and it ended with a 30 point advantage for North Ridgeville.   Ridgeville maintained its lead until the third round, the first to use buzzers, giving the advantage to a quicker team. When that round was completed it was a tie, each team having amassed 100 points. It was in the higher-scoring fourth and fifth rounds that Amherst pulled ahead.

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. Amherst scored two 30-pointers. Frankart scored from clues about the Chernobyl disaster and Macartney scored by naming author Jane Austen. Ridgeville’s Parker earned 30 points naming the Northwest Ordinance, but buzzed in to answer Philadelphia to a 50-point clue about Pittsburgh, allowing Amherst to eventually score 10 points with the correct answer. With another 10-pointer naming the Greek city state of Sparta, Amherst entered the final round with a 50 point advantage.

Both teams did well in the final round, but Amherst increased its lead by 20 points for an impressive win, sending the team to the quarterfinals which begin next month.

In succeeding weeks, a total of sixteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will have competed, with eliminations to follow, ending with 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. Mitch and Beth Gillam are co-advisors for Amherst Steele and Mr. Sam Rufener advises the North Ridgeville 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, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, 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)

3/7 (Tuesday) Elyria Catholic vs. Midview

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

3/20  Firelands vs. Olmsted Falls

3/27 First Quarterfinal – high-scoring winning teams return: Amherst vs. Midview

4/3 Qualifying Playoff: winning team advances to quarterfinals (teams TBA)

4/10 “Wildcard” playoff: highest-scoring runner-ups:

winning team advances to quarterfinals (teams TBA)

4/17 through May: Remaining elimination Playoffs & Championship

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.



The academic team from Amherst Marion L. Steele High School, left to right, Olivia Krugman, Nathan Frankart and Emma Macartney, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).


The academic team from North Ridgeville High School, left to right, Josh Hiller, Alyssa Edmunds, and Frank Parker, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).


Nathan Frankart, right, of Amherst Marion L. Steele High School, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling for winning “Standout Scholar” honors on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL radio (AM 930).