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17-06 News – Elyria Catholic vs. Midview


3/6/17CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (



The Scholastic Games radio quiz, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), presented a 280-90 victory for the academic team from Grafton’s Midview High School on the broadcast of Tuesday, March 7th.  The winning team consisted of Kellen McGuire, Ryan Urig, and team captain Ethan Greenly, who earned the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a weekly $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. Elyria Catholic High was represented by Aliyah Cruz, Sianna Green and team captain Chloe Mieras.

Greenly, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Greenly, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Midview ended the first round with 40 to 10 lead and increased it by scoring 50 points in the Current Events Round, which is often a stumbling block. In Round Three, when the buzzers came out giving advantage to the quicker team, Elyria Catholic outscored their opponents, but Midview maintained its lead.

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. Both teams scored 30-point answers, but Midview added another 10 points with an additional score, further increasing its lead, followed by domination of the highest-scoring final round. Elyria Catholic’s team went all the way to the program’s championship last year, but outstanding seniors graduate and the school’s academic team is in a building phase.

In succeeding weeks, a total of sixteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will have competed, 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. Michael Filipiak is the advisor for Midview and Mr. Michael Brown advises the Elyria Catholic 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)

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.



 Attached Photos:

The academic team from Midview High School, left to right, Ryan Urig, Ethan Greenly and Kellen McGuire, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

The academic team from Elyria Catholic High School, left to right, Aliyah Cruz, Chloe Mieras, and Sianna Green, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Ethan Greenly, right, of Midview 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).